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AfroMont Sept 1AfroMont is a communication and networking organisation interested in research and policy relating to African mountains. Afromont aims to highlight experiences from research, field projects and innovation and best practice in sustainable mountain development and climate change adaptation in African countries.

Photo: Long distances to walk in remote rural areas near central Drakensberg Amphitheatre, South Africa. December 2017. Photo SJ Taylor.

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Read more: African Mountain Research Times - September 2018

SSC 18 workshop cover imageOn the 15 June in Chamonix, France – directly following the Sustainable Summits Conference 2018 – the MRI convened a day-long event to discuss ‘An agenda for sustainable mountaineering, mountain tourism, and recreation: identifying research needs, projects, and partnership opportunities.’

The Sustainable Summits Conference 2018 (SSC 2018), held 12-14 June 2018 in Chamonix, France, brought together researchers, practitioners, public and private sectors, mountaineers, and the general public to reflect on some of the key questions that hang over the sustainability of mountaineering and mountain tourism and recreation. In a complex context of global change in mountain environments, including the effects of climate change and demographic change, it was a timely and important event.

Read more: Coming Together for Sustainable Summits: MRI Scoping Workshop & Networking Event Held

conflict and competition water mount kenyaA new paper published in Mountain Research and Development explores the impact of commercial flower and vegetable farming on river water resources in Mount Kenya’s Upper Ewaso Ng’iro River Basin. We talk to paper author Nora Lanari about the implications of large-scale land acquisitions for water use and governance.

With jagged, glacier-clad peaks that rise to over 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya looms over the arid and semi-arid lands below – and serves as a critical water tower for the region. In an area in which water is seasonally scarce, however, Mount Kenya’s rivers have become a potential source of conflict, particularly following the introduction of large-scale commercial flower and vegetable farms in the early nineties.

Read more: Competition and conflict: How is commercial horticulture impacting river water resources on Mount...

mountain boomer lizard smallWorking on species range shifts in mountain areas? Submit an abstract or propose a mountain-specific session or workshop.

The Species on the Move Conference invites you to submit an abstract that can contribute to discussions on understanding and responding to climate driven species redistribution. The global redistribution of the planets’ species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change. However, the mechanisms that underpin such range shifts are poorly understood. Additionally, the pervasiveness of range shifts, from poles to the equator, and depths of oceans to tops of mountains, provides a unique opportunity to advance theories of biogeography, evolutionary ecology, and macroecology.

Read more: Call for Abstracts | Species on the Move

drakensberg4The Afromontane Research Unit (ARU), University of the Free State (UFS), is an active and growing mountain research hub situated at the foot of the Maloti-Drakensberg in the eastern Free State Province, South Africa. The vision of the ARU is to become a continental leader in African mountain research, with a focus on the sustainability of the Maloti-Drakensberg as a social-ecological entity.

The ARU is advertising a Post-Doctoral Fellowship focusing on plant diversity & endemism in southern African mountains, and related concepts around ecological and historical biogeography. In addition to the academic research commitments, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to be exposed to the wide range of mountain-related activities being driven by the ARU.

Read more: Post-doctoral Fellowship: Eastern Mountain Region Diversity, Endemism & Biogeography

Remote Sensing SmallRemote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI. The aim of this special issue is to compile the latest developments in AVHRR pre-processing (calibration, geo-coding) and ECV retrieval. Submission deadline is 7 December 2018.

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has defined many essential climate variables (ECV) to be monitored to understand changes of land systems (biosphere, cryosphere, and hydrosphere). The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that a time series of at least 30 years is needed to retrieve statistically significant changes of ECVs. Considering that these are extended periods of time, only a limited selection of satellites and sensors can be used for global monitoring—one of these is the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) sensors onboard NOAA satellites (since 1981) and on the EUMETSAT platform MetOp (since 2006).

Read more: Call for Papers | Remote Sensing Special Issue | Monitoring Land Surface Dynamic with AVHRR Data

MRD smallThe journal Mountain Research and Development has issued a call for papers related to the role culture plays in our transition towards sustainable development in mountains for its three peer-reviewed sections: MountainDevelopment, MountainResearch, and MountainAgenda. Notices of intent should be submitted by 30 September. 

In 1996, the World Commission on Culture and Development (WCCD) published a report on Our Creative Diversity. The WCCD wanted to emphasize the fundamental relevance of culture in sustainable development and to address questions such as: What are the cultural and socio-cultural factors that affect development? What is the cultural impact of social and economic development? How can valuable elements of a traditional culture be combined with modernization? What are the cultural dimensions of individual and collective well-being? Through this Focus Issue, Mountain Research and Development aims to highlight the importance of these questions for sustainable development in mountains.

Read more: MRD Call for Papers | The Role of Culture in Transformation Towards Sustainable Development in...