MRD 37 2 641x841pxArticles in MRD often relate to the climate change debate at the core of the IPCC process currently gearing up for the 6th Assessment Report. Two papers in this open issue offer contrasting positions: one is critical and advocates a stronger local perspective (on mismanagement of irrigation water and landslips in Pakistan), the other uses the global perspective to discover patterns (in a review of climate change impacts on ecosystem services). Other papers deal with maize diversity and poverty reduction in Guatemala, offer a new approach to assessing tap water recharge in Japan, present a method for measuring bark biomass in Nepal, and assess the habitat ecology of a profitable but endemic resource in Tibet.

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11-12 September, Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Climate change has global causes and effects. This conference addresses growing challenges and their consequences for fragile environments both in the high latitudes and high altitudes, focusing on the polar regions and the Alps. It brings together researches from natural and social sciences to facilitate dialogue among experts with the aim of comparing observations from these regions, tracing causal chains, and connecting the global and local scales of analysis. Problem-based issues such as biodiversity, urbanization, permafrost, health and risk management, structure the conference workshops.

The conference’s emphasis on links between local and global processes, as well as its interdisciplinary approach, also enable the promotion of academic and public awareness on the climate change mechanisms impacting familiar and distant locations.

As part of its continuing education program, the University of Geneva proposes a new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) called «Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment» in English. The instructor-led teachings will take place as a Geneva summer school from 4 to 15 September 2017. 

Several tools, thematics and hands-on exercises covering GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Data Infrastructures, Geoprocessing, Geostatistics, Species Distribution Modeling, Soil and Water Assessment as well as Ecosystem Services Assessment will be presented, giving attendees an expertise or consolidated knowledge in geomatics and environmental fields. More details in the attachements…

Dear MRI Community,

As mentioned by the new MRI Exeutive Director (Carolina Adler) in a recent message, the MRI Office is currently reviewing MRI communications and aims to work over the summer towards a new and comprehensive strategy that is envisaged for implementation during the second half of 2017.  A brief survey is also under preparation, to make sure that your comments and suggestions for how you wish to be engaged and informed on news related to MRI's activities and its global community. As work is started on this design phase, this is an opportunity to inform you of interim measures that will be implemented in parallel for how MRI newsletters will be issued in the coming months.

First, from now on MRI will only issue one newsletter per month at the end of the month, the MRI Global Newsletter, for the months of May, June, July and August 2017 or until further notice. Second, the previous regionally-focused newsletter editions issued by the MRI Regional Networks, notably AfroMont and MRI Latin America, will no longer be issued separately. Instead, snippets of information will be incorporated into the new MRI Global Newsletter, featured as sub-sections that aim to highlight region-specific news and events. The advantage of this interim approach is that it provides our readers and subscribers with a more 'global' perspective of the diverse scientific work and related events that take place all over the world, in effect connecting our regions and networks, as well as offer an abridged version of a newsletter that would be simpler and succinct.

Of course, you can still connect with additional news, articles, events and other mountain-related content via our Facebook page and Twitter account, which will remain active and continuously updated throughout the design phase in the coming months.

In the meantime, if you have any news items, recently published scientific papers or details for events that you would like to share with the MRI comnunitiy, then please contact us! We would be very glad to receive and feature your contributions via our communications channels. Thank you!

From the 1 June 2017, the MRU Office will have a new address. Please update your address books accordingly:

Mountain Research Initiative
c/o Institute of Geography
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 12
3012 Bern

Our telephone and fax numbers remain unchaged, as well as email and website:
tel: +41 (0)31 631 51 41
fax: +41 (0)31 631 51 44
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Applied Remote Sensing Training Program
Remote Sensing of Land Indicators for Sustainable Development Goal 15
Tuesday, June 20 - Thursday, June 22, 2017
1:00-2:00 p.m. and 10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT (UTC -4)

Dear colleagues,

Since arriving back in Switzerland last weekend from the IPCC scoping meeting for the sixth assessment report, and in my commute between Zurich and Bern this week, I have noticed the unmissable arrival of spring with its noticeable landscape transformation, marking a new season for a fresh start, change and possibilities. In much the same way, I also find myself starting my new role here at MRI as Executive Director, with much anticipation and energy to build on successes and steer change towards a new focused direction for our network.

Date: September 7th–8th, 2017
Venue: Tolmin and Čadrg / Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Organizers: ISCAR, ZRC SAZU Program: below (draft) 
Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Keywords: landscape, agriculture, heritage, Alps, Satoyama Initiative, GIAHS, Slovenia, Tolmin, Čadrg

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