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Bled Castle SmallAt the end of May 2018, 200 politicians, researchers, activists, and government representatives came together in Bled, Slovenia to discuss ‘Alpine Tourism: Quality of Life Inclusive’ at the joint conference of CIPRA International and the Alliance in the Alps. Among them was MRI SLC member Andreas Muhar. We spoke to him to get his take on this event.

Situated on the edge of a tranquil lake and in the shadow of an imposing 11th century castle, Bled, Slovenia is an idyllic location for a conference – and attracts tourists from all over the world. But as the conference ‘Alpine Tourism: Quality of Life Inclusive’ highlighted, this influx of people creates challenges as well as opportunities.

Read more: Two Sides of the Tourism Coin

DSC 0016 smaller stillHosted by the MRI in May, this GEO-GNOME Status and Scoping Workshop focused on different needs for mountain data and the role of GEO-GNOME in curating and providing this data. The actions planned as a result of this workshop will improve both the spatial and thematic span of mountain data, as well as the availability of mountain data for policy information needs.

The GEO-GNOME (The Group on Earth Observations Global Network for Observation and Information in Mountain Environments) Status and Scoping Workshop was called in order to review and bring to fruition the recently revised GEO-GNOME work plan for 2018-2019. Active participants of the GEO-GNOME effort, as well as others identified as having key expertise on the subject matter, were invited to attend.

Read more: GEO-GNOME Status and Scoping Workshop: Bridging data gaps in mountain environments

E 2018 SDG Poster without UN emblem Letter USWhich of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal targets are most relevant to mountains in the context of global change? As part of an MRI collaborative project, several workshops are currently being held in the world’s mountain regions to find out.

To achieve sustainable development, mountain communities and ecosystems must overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities that are specific to the mountain context. Monitoring the progress of mountain regions as they work towards sustainable mountain development therefore needs to be contextualized to effectively guide, coordinate, and assess development efforts.

Read more: Prioritizing the Sustainable Development Goals

taiwan 1117008 1280A new paper published in Climate Dynamics investigates the impact of spatial resolution in one global climate model on the representation of elevation-dependent warming (EDW), and highlights possible differences in EDW and in its causes in different mountain regions. We talk to paper author Dr. Elisa Palazzi about the significance of this research.

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. This has serious implications for both mountain ecosystems and areas downstream.

Read more: New Publication | Elevation-Dependent Warming in Global Climate Model Simulations at High Spatial...

ice 690964 smallThe World Climate Research Programme is soliciting offers to host an International Project Office (IPO) to coordinate its cryospheric activities from 1 January 2019 onward.

The Climate and Cryosphere Core Project (CliC) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) serves as the focal point for climate science related to the cryosphere, its variability and change, and interaction with the broader climate system.

Read more: Call to host the WCRP International Project Office for the Climate and Cryosphere

glacier smallA paper published in the journal Science earlier this month suggests a new formula for estimating the speed of ice sheet flow - with implications for predictions of sea level rise.

Data from 140 glaciers in Greenland was analysed by researchers at the University of Kansas in order to shed further light on processes at the ice-bed interface. 

Read more: New publication | Friction at the bed does not control fast glacier flow

arid mountain landscape 200x150This review is a vital part of the IPCC assessment process, and aims to include the broadest possible scientific perspective. The MRI encourages the mountain research community to get involved!

The Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land will take place from 11 June to 5 August 2018.

Read more: Expert Reviewers Sought for IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land