The MRI has been working on issues surrounding elevation-dependent climate change since 2012, assessing if, where, to what extent, and why mountains and other high elevation regions of the world are warming more rapidly than lowlands. The Elevation-Dependent Climate Change (EDCC) Working Group was formerly known as “Elevation-Dependent Warming Working Group” but has since expanded its interest and work from warming to include additional climate processes specific to mountains and high elevation regions.

 

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Key Working Group Details

 

This Working Group was created in 2014 and is in its third phase (2020-2021). 

The EDCC Working Group works in close collaboration with the MRI Mountain Observatories Working Group and its work provides information for objectives and tasks of the current GEO-GNOME Implementation Plan (2020 2022).

 

Working Group Lead

Full list of members will be updated in the MRI Working Group fact sheet.

 

Outputs and achievements to date:

PUBLICATION | ELEVATION-DEPENDENT WARMING IN MOUNTAIN REGIONS OF THE WORLD 

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N. Pepin, R. S. Bradley, H. F. Diaz, M. Baraer, E. B. Caceres, N. Forsythe, H. Fowler, G. Greenwood, M. Z. Hashmi, X. D. Liu, J. R. Miller, L. Ning, A. Ohmura, E. Palazzi, I. Rangwala, W. Schöner, I. Severskiy, M. Shahgedanova, M. B. Wang, S. N. Williamson & D. Q. Yang. 'Elevation-dependent warming in mountain regions of the world' in Nature Climate Change 5, 424–430 (2015).

 

Planned Activities and Outputs for 2020-2021: 

  • Synthesis paper on mountain meteorology and  climatology - based on the EGU side-event workshop - to be submitted in 2020
  • Synthesis paper “From Elevation Dependent Warming to Elevation-Dependent Climate Change” – based on input of the AGU side-event - to be submitted in 2020
  • Workshop 1: Technical cross-network workshop to define standards for metadata and calibration
  • Workshop 2: Discuss more specific needs of the UHOPs stations (Unified High Elevation Observing Platform)

 

Latest News

MRI WORKING GROUP NEWS | FROM ELEVATION-DEPENDENT WARMING TO ELEVATION-DEPENDENT CLIMATE CHANGE (28 April 2020)

The MRI Working Group “Elevation-Dependent Warming” expands its scope of work to include climate processes in addition to warming, and therefore announces a name change to “Elevation-Dependent Climate Change”.

Read more here. 

MRI AT THE AGU FALL MEETING (17 December 2020)

This year, the famous AGU Fall Meeting returned to San Francisco for the AGU’s Centennial Celebrations, gathering nearly 30,000 geoscientists – among them a great number of mountain-oriented researchers. During the AGU week, the MRI organized scientific sessions and a side-event workshop that offered mountain researchers a chance to connect and engage in discussion on mountain climate research.

Read more here.

GEO-GNOME WORKSHOP ON ESSENTIAL CLIMATE VARIABLES FOR MOUNTAINS (30 September 2019)

The working group lead nick Pepin participated as a moderator and presented plans of the Elevation-dependent Warming Working Group at the GEO-GNOME ‘Essential Climate Variables for Observations in Mountains’.

Read more here.

MAKING CONNECTIONS AT THE EGU GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019 (24 May 2019)

Last month, the MRI was present at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2019, held in Vienna between 8-12 April. During the week, we attended a number of events that provided opportunities to further connect and bring the mountain research community together at one of the largest, and key, meets for the geosciences research community in Europe.

Read more here.

 

How to join

As community-led activities, these Working Groups are open to anyone from the MRI network  to participate and contribute to the Working Group’s work plan. Early career researchers (typically up to 5 years since attaining a postgraduate degree), women, and researchers and practitioners from developing countries and less represented mountain regions are particularly encouraged to join and participate. Please contact the Working Group leads to seek information on how to join:
Nick Pepin, University of Portsmouth, UK | Visit Webpage

 

Read more about the Elevation-Dependent Working Group in this MRI Working Group fact sheet.

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