what is a mountainWhat is a mountain? A new paper published in the Journal of Mountain Science aims to provide answers to this surprisingly complex question. We talk to one of the paper’s authors, Professor Martin Price, about the challenges of mapping mountains.

Published in the Journal of Mountain Science in May, 'Mapping mountain areas: learning from Global, European, and Norwegian perspectives' explores the various delineations of mountains that have been prepared at global, regional (Europe), and national scales. It examines the reasons and processes that have led to these delineations and how they have been used, before presenting a detailed case study for Norway.

cold front 63037 640 thumbThe Group on Earth Observations Global Network for Observation and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME) is a GEO Work Programme Initiative that seeks to connect and facilitate 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.

At the end of May, contributors to the GEO-GNOME effort gathered in Bern, Switzerland, for a three day workshop hosted by the MRI to review and scope a new work plan for GEO-GNOME. The workshop was coordinated by the GEO-GNOME co-leads Carolina Adler from the MRI and Elisa Palazzi from the National Research Council of Italy, together with Marc Zebisch from EURAC Research.

poppies 76129 1280 thumbThis paper published last week in PNAS highlights the global need to protect elevational gradients in order to protect mountain biodiversity under global change.

Mountain ranges are biodiversity hotspots, but this diversity is currently in danger as mountain species shift their ranges upwards in response to climate change. Protected areas covering elevational gradients can help maintain different dimensions of diversity and facilitate species range shifts.

mountains from aboveSubmissions to the recently launched MDPI Remote Sensing Special Issue on 'Remote Sensing of Glaciers at Global and Regional Scales' are now open. 

The Remote Sensing Special Issue on 'Remote Sensing of Glaciers at Global and Regional Scales' aims to provide a comprehensive overview of recent and upcoming advances in the application of satellite remote sensing to monitor changes in the state of the Earth's mountain glaciers and ice caps at regional and global scales. This excludes the main ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, but studies focusing on their peripheral glaciers and ice caps, including the Antarctic Peninsula, are welcome. 

bulgaria 1327151 1280Taking place in Sofia 2-4 November, this international conference aims to explore new research and discuss the changes needed to address the challenges of the 21st century.

A celebration of 100 years since the founding of the Bulgarian Geographical Society is an opportunity to reflect on the past and look to the future. The Smart Geography conference will do both, contemplating global changes, the development of information technologies, and evolving conceptions of geography, while also outlining future prospects for science, education, and practice.

khor virap 1781518 1280 thumbDesigned to be a meeting place for scientists, policymakers, and practitioners from the Caucasus region and beyond, the Caucasus Mountain Forum 2018 will serve as a basis for shaping the region’s sustainable future. Contributions are invited on a variety of topics related to sustainable mountain development and the Caucasus Research Agenda, and must be submitted by 30 June.

One of the main goals of the Caucasus Mountain Forum 2018 – held in Ankara, Turkey, from 31 October to 2 November 2018 – is to formally approve the Caucasus Research Agenda. Accordingly, this year’s theme 'The Caucasus Research Agenda – A Key to Sustainable Regional Development' encompasses the subject areas covered in the Research Agenda, with a focus on identifying the current state of knowledge in the Caucasus region, key challenges and opportunities, and priority gaps for scientific research and development.

highland cattle thumbThe University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland is offering a scholarship to cover the tuition fees for its MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development. Application deadline is 31 May. 

The MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development at UHI is an online, part-time interdisciplinary programme with exit awards at Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), and MSc levels. The programme offers advanced theory and practice to give students a clear understanding of the complex issues of mountain areas.

pietrele doamnei thumbThe conference will cover a wide range of topics related to sustainability in the Carpathians, including land cover and land-use change, renewable energy, and climate change vulnerability. Abstracts must be submitted no later than 30 May 2018.

The Forum Carpaticum is an open meeting of the Science for the Carpathians (S4C) initiative that occurs every two years. Taking place in Eger, Hungary, 15-18 October 2018, the 5th Forum Carpaticum will encompass a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines from the natural and social sciences and aims to advance science-based solutions to pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges. 

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