GLOFs strike Central Asia yet again
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GLOFs strike Central Asia yet again

A glacier lake outburst flood (GLOF) in Central Asia created extensive property damage and displaced  large numbers of local residents, though fortunately it did not cause any fatalities. The lake broke in the Pamir Mountains of the  remote Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), a region of eastern Tajikistan, earlier this month. High temperatures in the first weeks of […]

Mountains, butterflies and biodiversity in Japan
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Mountains, butterflies and biodiversity in Japan

In 2010, the Japanese Alps inter-university cooperative project (JALPS) was formed to reveal the impact of climate change on the ecosystems and humans in and around the Japanese Alps. Since then, JALPS researches have produced an impressive 243 international, peer-reviewed papers, covering topics that range from climate and carbon cycles to hydrology and biodiversity. As […]

How sensitive are Andean forests to climate change?
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How sensitive are Andean forests to climate change?

During recent years we have received large amounts of information about how increased environmental temperatures are modifying prominent features of our planet. The general public is particularly aware of glacier melting in the poles and at high elevation mountains. However, there is a general lack of information on how living organisms are responding to climate change. […]

Mountain Sentinels: Standing watch
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Mountain Sentinels: Standing watch

The tragic earthquake in Nepal last April brought the world’s attention to some of the key issues facing so many mountain regions around the world – exposure to hazards, infrastructure needs, weak governance. The earthquake revealed to the world the potential for massive loss of life, livelihood and cultural heritage, but also highlighted the heroic […]

Sustainable mountain economies: Reframing the value of mountains
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Sustainable mountain economies: Reframing the value of mountains

One of the aims of AfroMont, the Mountain Research Initiative and the mountain research community as a whole is to establish a network of data-gathering observatories in each mountain system. The observatories may be as simple as weather stations collecting temperature and rainfall data, or as ambitious as fully staffed research facilities on or near […]

From Flen to the future
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From Flen to the future

Sweden, early June 2015. Like the beginning to a spy novel, a little old train departs from Stockholm under a perfectly blue Scandinavian sky, transporting a small group of high-level researchers to an imposing mansion in the middle of the Swedish countryside. Unlike a spy novel, however, their objective isn’t enigmatic or nefarious…unless you happen […]

Ap Naka wags its tail again
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Ap Naka wags its tail again

On the morning of Sunday 28 June, an earthquake in India caused a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood in northern Bhutan. Local residents alerted officials, who activated warning systems and ordered evacuations downstream. Rivers rose to high levels, but no fatalities occurred. By Monday night, the rivers had begun to fall. The United States Geological Survey […]