Coming up! X European Mountain Convention
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Coming up! X European Mountain Convention

Euromontana (the European Association of Mountain areas), the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) of the Polytechnic institute of Bragança (IPB) and the Association for the Development of Viticulture in the Douro Region (ADVID) in Portugal are organising the X European Mountain Convention “Mountains’ vulnerability to climate change: how can people and territories adapt and mitigate its […]

The Mountain University (yes, it’s real!)
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The Mountain University (yes, it’s real!)

Believe it or not, somewhere (not so) very far away, there’s a university we all wish we could have attended, hidden away in an idyllic little mountain valley. Yes, really. It’s the Mountain University in Edolo, Italy, with a student population of 250 and courses ranging from silvicultural systems to animal breeding, from cartography and […]

Moving mountains of water in Lesotho
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Moving mountains of water in Lesotho

On a recent trip to Lesotho’s Maloti mountains, our group visited the Ash River outfall. This is the seemingly insignificant tunnel outlet where the Lesotho Highland Water Project’s water (supplying around 10 billion m3 of water per year) finally arrives out into the open in South Africa after a two week journey via 63 km […]

Oceania and the lands that data forgot
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Oceania and the lands that data forgot

Previously (El Niño hits Papua New Guinea…HARD), I wrote about the effects of the 2015-16 El Niño event in Papua New Guinea. People in the high altitude and rain shadow areas of the country had suffered severe food shortages, while neither the National Disaster Centre nor its provincial affiliates had the resources to send staff […]

Taking an “interval” to talk mountains at AAG
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Taking an “interval” to talk mountains at AAG

Few things in life are as enjoyable as hanging out with great people and talking about compelling topics over tasty food and drinks. The Mountain Research Initiative sponsored just such an event on March 31, 2016 as part of the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in San Francisco, CA. Members of […]

ISA: Of mountains and … cyberterrorism?
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ISA: Of mountains and … cyberterrorism?

Wednesday morning. Let the ISA show begin! 4 days, 5649 participants, 1280 panels and roundtables and innumerable discussions about international studies…. But first things first: coffee! At the coffee bar, another conference participant asks me if I’m Irish after hearing me order. “No, Swiss.” “Oh.” Looking perhaps a bit disappointed, the man continues, “My name […]