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dolomites 2458217 640This special volume of the Revue de géographie alpine/Journal of Alpine Research will examine the relationship between tourism and water resource management in mountain contexts. 

Owing to their natural features (increasing rainfall with altitude, barrier effect), mountains are often rich in water and consequently serve as water towers for the surrounding areas (Viviroli et Weingartner, 2004). They may also represent pockets of drought (shelter situations) with scarce water resources. Moreover, they sometimes have major tourism activities that they have developed over more than two centuries.

Read more: Call for Papers | Water, Tourism, and the Mountain

himalayas 694635 smallThe 27th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics IUGG will be take place in Montreal, Canada 8-18 July 2019, and also marks the 100th anniversary of IUGG.

The programme promises a “look back on the accomplishments of the previous century of Earth and space science research, and forward to the next century of scientific advancement.” The scientific programme is built around symposia organized by the union and the associations alone or jointly.

Read more: IUGG General Assembly Montreal 8-18 July 2019

chile 1463830 1920The Second Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) has been made available for expert review. For the scientific community, this is the last opportunity to provide comments. 

The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) is one of three special reports that the IPCC will be releasing over the next two years. Containing a careful assessment of changes in the ocean and cryosphere, SROCC aims to support policymakers in their understanding of the physical and social dimensions of climate change, the risks and challenges we face as a result, and our options for adapting to them.

Read more: Call for Your Participation: Expert Review of IPCC SROCC

Afromont Nov 2018 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: Dolomites in South Tyrol. AfroMont met the Alps by attending an October 2018 EURAC conference in nearby Bolzano, Italy.

Read more: African Mountain Research Times - November 2018

valais 3562988 1280The World Glacier Monitoring Service is calling for data on glacier changes in length, area, volume, and mass for the observation period 2016/17, as well as for preliminary mass balance results from ‘reference’ glaciers for 2017/18. The deadline for data submission is 1 December 2018.

The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) regularly compiles and publishes standardized data on glacier changes in length, area, volume, and mass based on in-situ and remotely sensed observations. A corresponding call for data is annually sent out through the National Correspondents of the WGMS, who organize the collection and submission of glacier data within their country. Apart from the official calls for data, the WGMS welcomes any glacier data that is submitted according to the standards described below.

Read more: Call for Data | World Glacier Monitoring Service

IPCC Special Report 1.5 degrees coverIn a new Special Report released in October, the IPCC stressed the urgency of limiting global warming to 1.5°C to mitigate some of the more severe consequences of climate change. What are the implications of this report for mountains and mountain research?

Published earlier this month, the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C provided compelling evidence of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C, compared to 2°C or more. Global sea level rise by 2100, for instance, would be 10 cm lower with 1.5°C rather than 2°C of warming, while the likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century, rather than at least once per decade.

“Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5°C or higher increases the risks associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems,” says Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.

Read more: IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C – A Mountain Research Perspective

ehrenkreuz kaser 02 102018 nrProfessor Georg Kaser, Dean of the Faculty of Geo and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Innsbruck, was this month awarded the Cross of Honour for Science and Art First Class – Austria's highest honour for people working in science or the arts. 

An expert on alpine and tropical glaciology, Professor Georg Kaser was this month granted Austria's prestigious Cross of Honour for his exceptional scientific achievements. Kaser began his career by studying geo and atmospheric sciences at the University of Innsbruck, and participating on a glaciological research project within the framework of the UNESCO programme International Hydrological Decade 
– the first worldwide programme of studies of the hydrological cycle.

Read more: Cross of Honour for Climate Scientist Georg Kaser