This review is a vital part of the IPCC assessment process, and aims to include the broadest possible scientific perspective. The MRI encourages the mountain research community to get involved by registering as an expert reviewer for Chapter 2: High Mountain Areas.

The Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) will take place from 4 May to 29 June 2018.

MOOC water and climate changeThis massive open online course (MOOC) will explore climate change in mountain regions, its impacts on the quality and quantity of water in mountain regions, and the risks related to changing water resources.

Initiated and funded by the University of Geneva through its Institute for Environmental Sciences, this MOOC approaches issues of climate change and water in mountains from an interdisciplinary perspective.

iceberg 471549 1280The report will provide up-to-date knowledge on all aspects of climate change, supporting policymakers, international climate change negotiators, and other key stakeholders in their future decision-making.

Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced the final selection of experts nominated to work on its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) – the next comprehensive evaluation of the science related to climate change. Among them were three Mountain Research Initiative representatives.

annapurna 2376966 1280 200x150Abstract submission is now open for Mountains 2018, an exciting platform for knowledge exchange and discussion on the topic of sustainable development in mountain regions. 

Mountains 2018 takes place in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, 10-14 December, and will bring together international scholars, professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders involved with multiple aspects of the mountain world.

manali himalaya smallThe Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) Academy aims to provide opportunities for young researchers to engage in cross-disciplinary scholarship, and to foster a new generation of transformational leaders committed to mountain research.  

The HUC Academy 2018, 'Climate Science and Adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region – A Transdisciplinary Approach,' will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, 1–14 July 2018. 

avalanche 2518679 1280The international snow science community will gather in Innsbruck, Austria, 7-12 October to discuss topics such as avalanche forecasting, technological innovation, and snow risk strategies.

The International Snow Sciences Workshop (ISSW) will bring together 1,000 scientists, policy-makers, engineers, representatives from the tourism industry and forecasting services, and other stakeholders from all around the world together under the motto ‘A Merging of Theory and Practice.’ The event aims to promote interdisciplinary exchange on recent advances in snow science.

red clover flower 113867 640The Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN) is performing a global survey of invasive plant species distributions along mountain trails - and they need your help!

MIREN is calling on mountain scientists worldwide to join them in their study of invasive plant species this summer. Through their global trail survey, MIREN hopes to study the spread of invasive plants along mountain trails in order to understand where and how quickly these species are traveling. They also aim to understand what defines a species' current limits along mountain trails in both their native and invasive range. 

Aino portraitDr. Aino Kulonen holds a Masters from the University of Helsinki, where she specialized in biogeography and arctic vegetation, and a PhD from the University of Bergen. In her PhD thesis, she studied patterns and drivers of floristic change on European mountain summits over the past 150 years. Aino is involved in several international networks collecting ecological data in mountains, and hopes to bring some of the experiences and mood from these collaborations to the MRI.

In Aino’s very first blog post for us, you can read her thoughts on the power of collaboration and about her role in the Summit Flora project exploring the link between climate warming and an increased richness in plant species on mountain summits - the results of which were recently published in the journal Nature.

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