Healthy social–ecological systems in mountains are essential for reducing disaster risk and achieving sustainable development globally. This focus issue of Mountain Research and Development (MRD), co-guest edited by MRI SLC member Irasema Alcantara-Ayala, illuminates the dynamic and complex interconnections between hazards, underlying vulnerabilities, integrated disaster risk management, and resulting impacts in mountains.

New paper identifies ‘bridges’ between resilience origins, data methods, mountain research, and co-design with local communities.

On 20 September 2022, the Mentoring and Training in IPCC Processes for Early Career Mountain Researchers Program came to a successful close, achieving all the objectives the project set out to do for the period 2019-2022.

This month over 800 mountain researchers came together at the heart of the Tyrolean Alps in Innsbruck, Austria for the 2022 International Mountain Conference (IMC), the largest of its kind featuring over 60 events focusing on a broad range of mountain research topics from across all disciplines.

Volume 19, issue 9 of the Journal of Mountain Science explores topics ranging from a comprehensive interpretation of glacier-related mass flows in the eastern Himalayan syntaxis to a machine learning model for snow depth estimation using a multisensory ubiquitous platform.

The Cross-Chapter Paper on ‘Mountains’, featured in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR6 WGII Climate report ‘Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability’, was first approved by the Panel on 28 February 2022 and published in its final formatted version in August 2022.

The paper assesses climate change impacts and risks, vulnerability as well as barriers and options for adaptation and climate resilient development in mountain regions. This is the first time in almost 30 years that ‘mountains’ have a dedicated space in the IPCC reports.

The Swiss mountain village of Guttannen is under threat. Climate change is melting the glaciers, thawing the permafrost, and destabilizing the mountainsides. This has resulted in multiple severe debris flow and flooding events in recent years. Combined with outmigration, an isolated location, and limited employment opportunities, Guttannen faces an uncertain future. A future the village has come together to fight for.

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. In 2022, the call is thematically dedicated as a contribution from the MRI to the observance of the UN-proclaimed International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development (IYM2022).

Please note that the 30 September 2022 deadline for proposals for this year’s call has passed and is now closed.

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