Monitoring biota in mountaintop environments: A focus on GLORIA activities across different biomes (1)

The two sessions of S10 presented a wonderful synopsis of the current state of long-term biodiversity monitoring in mountains across the major biomes from the tropics to the subarctic. It combined new results out of the global GLORIA network that commenced at the beginning of the century with longer timelines of approaches dealing with revisitations … More Monitoring biota in mountaintop environments: A focus on GLORIA activities across different biomes (1)

Round Table – Guidelines for Future Assessments of Sustainable Mountain Development

This Round Table was organized around two panels. The first asked five people to respond to a key paper of SD assessment (Parris and Kates 2003), particularly to the different motivations for assessments and to the steps needed to ensure salience, credibility and legitimacy. Thomas Dax emphasized the SMD assessment process rather than the assessment … More Round Table – Guidelines for Future Assessments of Sustainable Mountain Development

Mountain social-ecological system dynamics and resilience to global change (2)

Session 43 (Mountain social-ecological system dynamics and resilience to global change) brought up the importance of connectivity in system functionality. Connectivity is vital to ensure diversity in mountains to sustain healthy populations (livestock, wildlife and humans). Fencing some of the grazing areas of Tibetan pastoral communities restricts the movement of herds across their traditional pastures … More Mountain social-ecological system dynamics and resilience to global change (2)

High-elevation climate

The “High Elevation Climate” session showcased a geographically and thematically diverse range of cutting-edge mountain climate science. In the first talk of the session, Kenichi Ueno enlightened the session on the complexity of climate processes in the Japanese Alps and on-going research initiatives to better characterise them. Particularly interesting was the description of the broad-ranging … More High-elevation climate

Generating and managing data and knowledge in climate and water resources for climate adaptation

To promote and support sustainable mountain development (SMD), a sound knowledge base is required, and the sharing of this knowledge has to be ensured. The programme “Sustainable Development for Global Change (SMD4GC)” supports various activities to contribute to SMD, such as the generation and management of data and knowledge in climate and water resources as … More Generating and managing data and knowledge in climate and water resources for climate adaptation

Mountain forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (2)

Welcome to the Session 6, 7, and 8 blog, coordinated jointly by Drs. Georg Gratzer and William Keeton. We welcome your comments and questions.  We have provided several summary points and questions below and welcome your response to these in particular. Studies on biodiversity conservation in forest management frequently suffer from the inclusion of few … More Mountain forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (2)

Sustainable tourism development (2)

The second block of presentations under the session theme of Sustainable Tourism Development in mountain regions, was chaired by me (Carolina Adler). The session featured a number of very interesting and engaging presentations, each with very good contributions to make to the whole debate of tourism development in mountains. A brief outline of key points … More Sustainable tourism development (2)