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”.

While the livelihood of mountain forests is threatened by increasing temperatures brought on by climate change, the topographic complexity of mountain areas (large variation of climate and soils in a small area due to differences in elevation and geographical aspect) might mitigate this impact, creating a natural protective buffer between the landscape and global warming. The degree of damage climate change may cause to mountain forests and the potential to reverse the damage, however, merits further research.

On the heels of the success of last year's '10 New Insights in Climate Science,' Future Earth once again invites expert input worldwide on which key findings should be included in this year's report via this survey before 8 May 2020

A special issue of the bilingual Journal of Alpine Research/Revue de Géographie Alpine ‘Eau, tourisme et montagne/Water, Tourism and the Mountain’, guest edited by Emmanuel Reynard, features five new papers that highlight ways in which the tourism sector in mountain regions is adapting to climate change.

Among these articles is one co-authored by MRI Science Leadership Council member Samuel Morin, titled ‘Snow Reliability and Water Availability for Snowmaking in the Ski resorts of the Isère Département (French Alps), Under Current and Future Climate Conditions,’ whose co-authors include Martin Gerbaux, Pierre Spandre, Hugues François, and Emmanuelle George.

Although snow’s role in mountain ecosystems is a vital one, research into snow cover changes and their potential consequences in mountain systems is lacking.

This edition of the Alpine Convention Young Academics Award focuses on the issue of "Emissions in the Alps: climate change and air quality, measurement and measures".  The application deadline is 30 June 2020.

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.

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