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the village smallSession proposals are invited for the Global Land Programme's 4th Open Science Meeting, 'Transforming Land Systems for People and Nature,' which will be held 24-26 April 2019 in Bern, Switzerland. 

Land use is key for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an increasingly threatened global environment. Should land system science produce a unifying vision for the planet? How do global narratives for use of land correspond to what people want when striving for access to land across diverse and distinctive regions? How can we support transformations that mutually reinforce global sustainability visions and goals, and people’s aspirations and needs?  

Read more: GLP 4th Open Science Meeting 2019 | Deadline for Session Proposals Extended to 27 August

mountains central asia smallThe University of Central Asia's Mountain Societies Research Institute is accepting registrations and contributions for the Youth Mountain Forum – a side event taking place as part of the World Mountain Forum 2018. 

The Youth Mountain Forum will provide its participants with a global platform to bring the attention of policy makers, politicians, and practitioners to challenges posed by global climate change. To contribute to the discussion of sustainable mountain development issues, students and young professionals from Central Asia and the Mountain Partnership countries of Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific are invited to submit contributions.

Read more: Call for Contributions and Registration | Youth Mountain Forum

ankole cows 2111168 200x150Members of the mountain research community are encouraged to submit proposals for sessions on mountain ecosystems in line with the conference theme of 'Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Well-Being in Africa.' 

Taking place in Togo in early 2019, the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Regional Conference Africa 2019 has been organized to draw attention to the key role ecosystems play in the economy, human well-being, and culture of (Sub-Saharan) Africa.

Read more: Call for Sessions | Ecosystem Services Partnership Regional Conference Africa 2019

Afromont Aug 1AfroMont is a communication and networking organisation interested in researching the science-policy and science-diplomacy issues relating to African mountains and sustainable mountain development and communicating findings.  Afromont also aims to highlight experiences from research, field projects and best practice in sustainable mountain development and climate change adaptation in African countries.

Photo: Mountain scene near Monk’s Cowl, Drakensberg, South Africa. SJ Taylor.



Read more: African Mountain Research Times - August 2018

mountain melt EDW July 2018 smallA new paper published in the International Journal of Climatology examines seasonal patterns of warming amplification at high elevations worldwide – and finds highly significant temperature trends.

Thanks to research efforts, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests warming rates are amplified by elevation, with high mountain areas experiencing more rapid changes in temperature than lower elevation environments. However, despite the interest in this phenomenon, the global assessment of seasonal signals of EDW has received limited attention. As a result, there is still restricted seasonal evidence of EDW. A new paper published in the International Journal of Climatology attempts to go some way towards bridging this gap.

Read more: Mountain warming through the seasons

chile 1463830 200x150MRI Executive Director Dr. Carolina Adler was among over 100 experts who came together in July to advance preparations for the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate – or SROCC. Synthesis reviews and multiple case studies are still being sought for the assessment process.

The Third SROCC Lead Author Meeting took place 23-28 July 2018 in Lanzhou, China and brought together experts from more than 30 countries to continue their work towards the First Order Draft of SROCC. As a lead author of the chapter focused on changes in high mountain regions, MRI Executive Director Dr. Carolina Adler was among their number. 

Read more: IPCC authors meet in China – and call for researchers to submit for SROCC!

rocky mountains 384683 200x150As treelines scale new mountain heights in response to a warming climate, research published in the journal Global Change Biology suggests factors such as unsuitable soils may be slowing their climb.

There have been a number of studies that point to warming mountain slopes enabling the spread of treelines upwards into new areas. However, this spread is not uniform, with local variation and lags in response to climate warming suggesting that other factors may also be at play.

Read more: Muddying the mountain picture: Are soils hindering treeline migration?