Launching a new “Mountain Science Academia” in Japan
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Launching a new “Mountain Science Academia” in Japan

When you think of Japan, do you think of mountains with great natural diversity, or are you more likely to think of technology and manufacturing? Although people often associate Japan with islands and volcanoes, what many people don’t realize is that over 70% of Japan is covered by mountainous forests. Mt. Fuji (3,776 m) is […]

Big mountains, small research spaces in the Khumbu Himal region
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Big mountains, small research spaces in the Khumbu Himal region

It has become clear over the last few years that the Hindu Kush – Karakoram – Himalayan (HKH) glaciers remain a bit of an unknown quantity in the context of what is known about ongoing global glacier changes. This, in conjunction with features such as the Karakoram anomaly, the development of potentially dangerous ice contact […]

Years of No Winter: R3 and the Blob
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Years of No Winter: R3 and the Blob

CIRMOUNT’s mountain climate conference (MtnClim) is modeled after the popular Pacific Climate Workshop (PACLIM), which alternates biennially with MtnClim. PACLIM 2015 convened at Asilomar State Conference Center on the Monterey coast of California, March 8-11. Although PACLIM historically emphasizes Pacific rim and oceanic climate issues, current themes are highly relevant to mountain regions. I report […]

Conflicts within the environmental community
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Conflicts within the environmental community

Instead of recounting the slow but steady progress of MRI activities (e.g. three different Synthesis Workshops, a launching workshop for mountain observatories, preparations for Perth III, etc.) I would like to direct your attention to a recent piece in the New Yorker by Jonathan Franzen entitled Carbon Capture, which has as a subtitle “Has climate […]

The changing face of mountains
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The changing face of mountains

We definitely live in interesting times. The dynamics of social and environmental changes in the Carpathians indicates that the mountains will soon much differ from what we are accustomed to. Most of changes we observe (in climate, biodiversity, landscape and societies) are interrelated. One of the outstanding and relatively visible indicators of change is the […]

Landscape approaches: Better tools to boost conservation of Andean forests
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Landscape approaches: Better tools to boost conservation of Andean forests

Landscapes are a keystone in the study and synthesis of social and environmental processes. They are part of a wide range of approaches that explicitly integrate spatial heterogeneity, path dependency and fluxes and feedbacks between people and the resources and ecosystems they use. Landscape approaches are gaining traction in different policy arenas, from the improvement […]

Ain’t no mountain high enough (for MIREN)
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Ain’t no mountain high enough (for MIREN)

Please, allow me to take you on a hike. It might be an imaginary hike, but I promise it will be interesting nevertheless. We will take a long and winding road from the warm and safe lowlands all the way up to a cold and icy mountain pass. Whether you imagine starting your hike in […]