Mt Kilimanjaro and the Pangani River Basin: Time for a ‘large mountain ecosystem’ governance approach?
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Mt Kilimanjaro and the Pangani River Basin: Time for a ‘large mountain ecosystem’ governance approach?

Since it is the year of Sustainable Development, I’ve been exploring the topic of sustainable development and have found that it is really about governance, which means priorities, decisions and rules, and less about externally developed Goals, Targets and Indicators, all of which don’t say much about ‘how’ sustainable development is to be created and […]

Climate variability shapes glacier retreat in Peru and Norway
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Climate variability shapes glacier retreat in Peru and Norway

Two recent studies, one in Peru and the other in Norway, link glacier retreat, not to climate change as many researchers have done, but to climate variability—the fluctuations in temperature and precipitation across large regions of the world, on time scales of years or decades. These studies add an important level of detail to the […]

Treeline response to climate change: Getting a global picture
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Treeline response to climate change: Getting a global picture

Treelines are complicated. I think that anyone that has studied treelines would agree. The easy message is: treeline populations will advance upslope with warming; but more and more, we are making observations and collecting evidence that demonstrate the story is much more complicated than that. Like many arctic and alpine early-career researchers, my graduate research […]

The Mountain Social Ecological Observatory Network (MtnSEON)
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The Mountain Social Ecological Observatory Network (MtnSEON)

The Mountain Social Ecological Observatory Network (MtnSEON) is a National Science Foundation-funded Research Coordination Network that combines multiple sources of knowledge on processes within and between ecosystem and socioeconomic elements of complex mountain landscapes in order to improve social and ecological resilience and sustainability. Although it is clear that the social and ecological elements of […]

Northern intruders
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Northern intruders

This is a story that takes place in the high north, in the mountains of northern Scandinavia. A beautiful setting for a story, with a breathtaking environment and a unique subarctic and alpine vegetation. For many, many years, this was a peaceful region populated by tiny, slow-growing plants, miniature shrubs and cold-adapted species. Together, these […]

Maximizing the mountains’ profile in Horizon 2020: a serial
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Maximizing the mountains’ profile in Horizon 2020: a serial

Since our report on how a small group of scientists started to work on a lobbying effort for mountain research in Brussels, four months and a lot of activities have come and gone. In the meantime, the results of a survey on the importance of Horizon 2020 are available and the draft chapters of the […]