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“As a Professor of Mountain Studies, I am often asked what is a mountain?” says paper author Professor Martin Price, Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands, UK. “This question has been the topic of many debates – and this paper aims to provide some answers. These derive particularly from the availability of geographic information systems and digital elevation/terrain models as tools for analysis over the last two decades.”
This is, Price says, where difficulties arise. “These analyses cannot be entirely ‘objective’; decisions have to be made regarding criteria and thresholds. And, while we can undertake analyses at global and even continental scales, resulting in statistics and maps, the question requires more nuanced answers at national scales, especially if these answers are to be used for policy-making – which usually means the allocation of money. So I am very glad that we have been able to include Tor Arnesen’s case study of What are mountains in Norway?”
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Price, M., Arnesen, T., Gløersen, E., & Metzger, M.J. (2018). ‘Mapping mountain areas: learning from Global, European and Norwegian perspectives.’ Journal of Mountain Science. 10.1007/s11629-018-4916-3.