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Mountain Research and Development (MRD) Volume 40, issue Number 3  is an open publication whose articles are fully accessible online. This issue includes the MRI's MountainPlatform paper Making Connections for Our Changing Mountains: Future Directions for the Mountain Research Initiative. 

The latest issue of eco.mont explores topics ranging from the impact of coronavirus restrictions on alpine field work to tensions between traditional herding practices and conservation policies in the Southern Central Andes.

In the latest issue of the journal eco.mont (Volume 13, Number 1, January 2021), concerns about the ongoing  COVID-19 pandemic touched up in an article in which Martha E. Apple describes the impact of coronavirus restrictions on alpine field work in the state of Montana in the US.

A new focus issue of Mountain Research and Development explores mountain biodiversity’s role for sustainable development, and an open issue looks at tourism development in the South Caucasus – among other topics.

Two new issues of Mountain Research and Development (MRD) are complete. Vol 40, No 2, guest-edited by Davah Payne of the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment, focuses on the role of mountain biodiversity for sustainable development. Papers offer further evidence of mountain species’ importance for human livelihoods and well-being, and call for effective conservation and management approaches.

To celebrate the first anniversary of Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, the journal asked six researchers investigating Earth surface processes to outline notable developments within their discipline and provide thoughts on important work yet to be done.

Among the scientists offering insights into some of the key advances and exciting future prospects in their areas of expertise was MRI SLC member Professor Irasema Alcántara-Ayala, whose research seeks to understand the root causes and drivers of disaster risk, and to promote an integrated research perspective.

A new paper published in the Journal of Quaternary Science presents the results of a sedimentological and palynological analysis of a Late Pleistocene–Holocene sediment record of Afromontane forest change from Nyabuiyabui wetland in Kenya's Eastern Mau Forest.

The paper, co-authored by MRI SLC member Rob Marchant, also stresses the importance of managing and ensuring an intact and functioning forest‐hydrological system for the Mau Highlands and the wider lowland savanna ecosystems and livelihoods. 

Research published in the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences highlights the importance of liquid water percolation for modelling snowpack evolution in Mediterranean mountain regions.

In many Mediterranean mountain regions, seasonal snowpack is an essential yet poorly understood water resource. To help tackle this knowledge gap and support improved water resource evaluation and management, researchers have, for the first time, examined the spatial distribution and evolution of snow water equivalent (SWE) during three snow seasons (from 2013 to 2016) in the coastal mountains of Lebanon. The results were published in the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences earlier this year.

A new paper exploring the impacts of vanishing mountain ice on water security projects significant long-term effects over decades, centuries, and even millennia, making serious impacts inevitable now and irreversible for generations to come.

The paper – co-authored by former MRI Co-PI, Professor Wilfred Haeberli, and Professor Rolf Weingartner, previously MRI Chair until his retirement in 2019 – also stresses that sustainable adaptation to the impacts of vanishing mountain ice requires comprehensive systems analyses, including dynamic socio-economic aspects.

Glacier variations since the Little Ice Age are still poorly studied on the southern slope of the Greater Caucasus. Addressing this, new research studies the behaviour of the Chalaati Glacier from its maximum extent during the Little Ice Age.

For the first time in the history of glaciological studies of the Georgian Caucasus, researchers applied the cosmogenic surface exposure dating technique Beryllium-10 (a radioactive isotope 10Be) in order to study the change of the Chalaati glacier since the Little Ice Age (13th to 19th Century). Surface exposure dating is a collection of geochronological techniques for estimating the length of time that a rock has been exposed at or near the Earth's surface. The age of moraines was also determined by tree-ring analysis (dendrochronology technique).

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