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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.

A special issue of the Journal of Mountain ScienceDisaster Risk Reduction in Mountain Areas’ Volume 19 Issue 6, June 2022, co-guest edited by MRI SLC member Irasema Alcantara-Ayala.

The latest issue of eco.mont aims to raise awareness of the importance of mountain protected areas, and with the publication of long-term studies, support and outline the interaction of scientists and PA managers.

On 8 June 2022 the Conéctate A+ network held a webinar to present its second phase. The network presented four specific priorities, new activities, opportunities for involvement, new calls, and communication platforms. The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) was also introduced as a new associate member.

Four key priorities were presented as part of Conéctate A+’s second phase:

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