Urbanization in mountain areas in the frame of metropolitisation and global change

This session aimed to focus on processes of urbanization which includes urban enlargement, urban-rural linkages, functional change of rural areas but also possible countertendencies. In this sense the announced titles for presentations were promising. Presenters were: Marcus Nüsser and colleagues /Heidelberg), Raghubir Chand (Nainital/India), Xuegian Song and colleagues (Chengdu/China), Haavard Teigen (Lillehammer/Norway). The experience with … More Urbanization in mountain areas in the frame of metropolitisation and global change

Protected areas as model regions for sustainable development

It has been an interesting session, with 7 presentations from the Alps, the Iberian mountains, the Sinai, Himalaya and the Andes. Mountain protected areas can be seen as model regions of sustainability, however, in some cases it still might be a long way to fullfil this goal. Indicators demonstrated in the presentations were: moths and spiders as … More Protected areas as model regions for sustainable development

How can mountain communities adapt to increased extreme weather events?

There is increasing evidence that extreme weather events are increasing in the Alps, the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas and the main challenge is to decide how much of the impact is caused by weather events alone or in combination with land use changes. It is likely that land use changes are  playing a critical … More How can mountain communities adapt to increased extreme weather events?

Science-driven, community-based approaches for enhanced climate change adaptation capacity

“Science-driven, community-based approaches for enhanced climate change adaptation capacity” consisted of eight (8) presentations on case studies from Mexico, the Pamirs, Nepal, Bolivia, China, and Peru.  Although case study tools and methods ranged from the purely physical (e.g., determining the cause of the Seti flood in Nepal in May 2012) to more integrated, interdisciplinary approaches … More Science-driven, community-based approaches for enhanced climate change adaptation capacity

RT10. LTSER sites in European mountain areas

In a small session, where not only European sites where present but also people from Asia and South America, we discussed about a) standard protocols, b) open data and data repositories, c) availability and quality of social data, and d) missing ecological data. We worked out the particularities of sites present during the session and … More RT10. LTSER sites in European mountain areas

Linking past land use legacies and future land use trajectories in mountain regions

A parallel session „Linking past land use legacies & future land use trajectories in mountain regions” started immediately after the Conference Opening ceremony on the first day. Its main goal was to discuss how far previous human actions in the landscape are reflected by present-day land use and land cover change dynamics, and how they … More Linking past land use legacies and future land use trajectories in mountain regions

Invasive species in mountain regions

This post might be updated irregularly throughout the meeting. Last update 5/9/15 16:00 by Jonas Lembrechts. Invasive species in mountain regions. An emerging hot topic with an increasing set of risks, questions and consequently papers in mountain regions. A topic that well deserves its place next to the other environmental issue as a separate session on … More Invasive species in mountain regions

Advances in observatories of mountain social ecological systems

Our session focused on the socio-ecological research conducted at long term observatories or long term ecological research sites (LTER) and long term socio-ecological research (LTSER) platforms. Themes which emerged from the presentations and discussion in my mind were firstly the value of considering gradient analysis to maximise knowledge of the interaction between humans and their … More Advances in observatories of mountain social ecological systems

Challenges and advances in cross-scale research of governance in mountain systems

Mountain systems often have governance arrangements that are as complex as their topography. Conflicting or poorly coordinated governance processes across scales can undermine possibilities for sustainable management and adaptation to change. It is increasingly clear that coordination in governance across scales offers benefits as well as challenges for sustainability and adaptation. Therefore our roundtable brought … More Challenges and advances in cross-scale research of governance in mountain systems

Sixty people and great ideas on Transdisciplinary Approaches in Mountain SES

What an amazing turnout! Thanks to all for attending this Roundtable discussion and sharing your ideas and experiences about transdisciplinary science in mountain social-ecological systems. We had a full room at the Royal George with at least sixty people attending. Robin Reid led the conversation, summarizing comments from our panelists: Robert Huber, Michael Quinn, Catherine … More Sixty people and great ideas on Transdisciplinary Approaches in Mountain SES