Monitoring biota in mountaintop environments: A focus on GLORIA activities across different biomes (2)

Session S10, continued (part 2) The second part of session S10 started with the question if particular plant traits may favor or restrain species declines/extinction on mountain summits. Aino Kulonen showed, on basis of recent and historical summit data across Europe, which plant traits lead to a higher probability of disappearance. Interestingly, species with the … More Monitoring biota in mountaintop environments: A focus on GLORIA activities across different biomes (2)

Social change in mountains: How does it happen?

Some thoughts towards a synthesis from the session “Social change in mountains: How does it happen?” The talks can be divided into three different categories: Speakers a) described and brought to public attention existing but often invisible social inequalities due to ongoing changes, b) used observations to challenge conceptions of social structures, and c) looked … More Social change in mountains: How does it happen?

Mountain forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (3)

Session 6: Mountain forests: stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services Welcome to session 6, 7 and 8 blog provided by Georg Gratzer and William Keeton. We welcome your comments and questions, particularly to those raised below. Studies on biodiversity conservation in forest management frequently suffer from the inclusion of few taxa or few (and often less … More Mountain forests: Stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services (3)

The role of alpine cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world

The session “The role of alpine cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world” included only three presentation but was very well attended and, with time on our hands, we had a good discussion. The largest endorheic basins are in Asia so the talks focused on Central Asia and Tibet. Christaine Meier of Helmholtz Center for … More The role of alpine cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world