Mountain treeline ecotones: Threshold dynamics and climatic relationships (3)

In the third treeline session for the conference, the emphasis shifted to competition and ecosystem processes operating within the treeline ecotone. The session continued to be well attended even for one late in the day. Alison Hester started out the session by reporting on a multi-authored meta-analysis of the importance of herbivory at treeline. The … More Mountain treeline ecotones: Threshold dynamics and climatic relationships (3)

Mountain ecosystem services, adaptive management and global change (3)

The session focused on ecosystem service assessments in “low-stature” vegetation, including grasslands above and below potential treeline, and wetlands. The speakers covered junior to senior scientists. I found the following elements particularly remarkable: (1) Some agencies, together with research scientists, are considering and investigating the potential of active translocations of species to support adaptation of … More Mountain ecosystem services, adaptive management and global change (3)

Local development initiatives and institutions/governance (2)

This second part of presentations on the theme was characterized by a wide variation of experiences from a large set of European (Sweden, Greece, Norway, Finland, Scotland) and non-European (Himalaya, Guatemala, New Guinea, Nepal and Ecuador) regions from all over the world. Beyond the different regional contexts, also main topics addressed varied much more than … More Local development initiatives and institutions/governance (2)

RT: Advances in observatories of mountain social-ecological systems

Martha Apple (botanist from Montana Tech) explained her monitoring of snow field plant diversity in Glacier National Park, Montana (USA). Snow field plants exist along a gradient of growing season duration (or put another way, a gradient of release from snow cover). Snow field plants are therefore likely sensitive indicators of the precipitation regime and … More RT: Advances in observatories of mountain social-ecological systems

Mountain regions in the vicinity of cities and urban agglomerations

We had an opening talk by Courtney Flint who presented results from a student project on applying a mixed-method approach to assess vulnerability, well-being and values in the Wasatch region in Utah. Stakeholder interviews revealed healing, spiritual, recreational, experiencing nature, visual beauty as important values of the mountain region. Key concerns were privatization of land, … More Mountain regions in the vicinity of cities and urban agglomerations