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firth court sheffield university The University of Sheffield is offering a PhD project on the storage and release of legacy atmospheric pollutants from mountain glaciers

This project will quantify a potentially major unknown global reservoir of organic contaminants in temperate and cold-based glaciers and investigate the impacts of climate change on the quantity and quality of water supplies from glacier-fed catchments. 

Funding Opportunity!The Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA have announced a joint call for research proposals on 'Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.'

Twenty-five nations are participating, with a provisional sum of over EUR 25 million having been committed. This collaborative funding effort aims to address the following major (non-exclusive) priorities: 

  • Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions
  • Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios

4 - 7 April 2018, Monte Carasso, Switzerland

The 3rd LabEx ITEM International Winter School on 'Innovation and Mountain Territories' seeks to promote young researchers working on mountain territories. It is aimed at doctoral students, post-doctoral and junior researchers, and also at researchers in integration, or MA students planning on doing a PhD.

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The journal Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that contribute to a better understanding of food security - a key concern for sustainable development in mountain areas.

Submissions should present validated insights into development solutions for reducing malnutrition and increasing food security for mountain people; analyze food systems in mountains against the background of global trends and the need for conserving ecosystems; or offer agendas for research or policymaking aimed at increasing the sustainability of food systems in mountains.

23 - 27 October, Washington D.C., United States

GEO Week 2017 will bring together the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community to promote and explore the role, applications, and opportunities for using earth observations (EO) to deliver Insight for a changing world. With a focus on delivery and impact, this event will explore the use and applications of EO in both the public and private sectors.

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 37, No 3: Mountain Forests and the SDGs

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For this issue, guest editors G. Gratzer and W. Keeton invited researchers to reflect on the role of mountain forests in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Papers cover gender issues in Ethiopian agroforestry, the impact of migration on gender relations in forest user groups in Nepal, the profitability of small-scale mountain farm forestry in Austria, the impact of rubber on the rural economy in China, a throughfall-exclusion experiment in a forest area in Bhutan, and the resilience of mountain forests to disturbance scenarios in India.

Under the framework of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and assessment cycle, there are several developments and opportunities for the MRI and its mountain research community to participate and make important contributions on the state of knowledge regarding climate change in mountain regions. Here is a recap:

AAG Annals


Pons, D.; Taylor, M.; Griffin, D.; Castellanos, E.; Anchukaitis, K. (2017): On the Production of Climate Information in the High Mountain Forests of Guatemala. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Volume 107, doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.1235481




AAG Annals
Carey, M.; Molden, O.; Borg Rasmussen, M.; Jackson, M.; Nolin, A.; Mark, B. (2017): Impacts of Glacier Recession and Declining Meltwater on Mountain Societies. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Volume 107, doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.1243039

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