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James Thornton joined the MRI coordination office in May 2020 as Scientific Project Officer to the GEO-GNOME project, which seeks to improve the availability and accessibility of environmental data in mountainous regions to the benefit of human societies globally. 

As part of its mission, the MRI provides funding contributions for synthesis workshops that bring together global change researchers to address specific topics of interest to the mountain research, policy and practitioner communities. The deadline for proposals for this year’s call is 3 July 2020.

Despite the impacts experienced with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cluster of Cooperation (CLOC) Conéctate A+ in the Latin American region has managed to continue to forge forth with its activities, and are pleased to announce the three selected projects for the network’s first inaugural small grants program in 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”.

Established in 2016, the Global Network on Observations and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME) is a GEO Work Programme Initiative, jointly co-led by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) and the Institute for Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Research Council of Italy (ISAC-CNR). In line with GEO’s objectives, GEO-GNOME aims at connecting and facilitating access to diverse sources of mountain observation data and information regarding drivers, conditions, and trends in biophysical and socio-economic processes of change at different scales.

Last February, the in­au­gur­al World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum (WBF) brought together more than 500 par­tic­i­pants, among them lead­ing re­searchers, ear­ly ca­reer re­searchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent sec­tors, de­ci­sion-mak­ers, and so­ci­etal ac­tors to discuss and ex­change on the kind of fu­ture they want for the world, its biodiversity, people, and environment.

The latest issue of the World Meteorological Organisation’s official journal, the Bulletin, features a Climate & Water theme, underlying the importance of including water in climate policy discussions as part of the World Meteorological Day and World Water Day, celebrated together for the first time on 23 March. The Climate & Water theme is reflected in the slogan for the celebration "Count Every Drop, Every Drop Counts", and a dedicated site is available from the WMO website to access material such as fact sheets and posters for download.

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