Hit the trail…for science!
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Hit the trail…for science!

Heading to the mountains this summer, armed with your favorite hiking boots? You can make a scientific contribution while you are out conquering some peaks! Your observations of a few select indicator plant species can help ecologists understand the effects of climate change and track the spread of invasive species. Citizen science bring together the […]

Weather lessons learned (or not) in the European Alps (Part 1)
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Weather lessons learned (or not) in the European Alps (Part 1)

I’ve always enjoyed thunderstorms, and look forward to the dozen or so that pass each year over my home in Eugene, Oregon. And as an avid backpacker, climber, skier and kayaker I’ve occasionally found myself cowering from the wind, rain, small hail and lightning during storms in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, but these events […]

How to make finding a needle in a haystack seem easy
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How to make finding a needle in a haystack seem easy

I’ve always considered fieldwork to be a kind of treasure hunt, one in which I march up and down mountains, shading my eyes against the sun in search of the next tell-tale clue. I like to imagine that this is at least how my non-science friends think about me and the fieldwork I do in […]

2016 WUN workshop: Compelling new issues for old African mountains
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2016 WUN workshop: Compelling new issues for old African mountains

African mountain researchers are adventurous people. African mountain researchers will walk miles in 50 degree Celsius temperatures to fly a drone that films geological fault lines in the Rift Valley. They will spend years in a Massai village near Mt Kilimanjaro eating blood and porridge to study life in an African pastoralist culture. They will […]

A fine balance: Water and warmth in the Upper Indus Valley
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A fine balance: Water and warmth in the Upper Indus Valley

Most news coming out of the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan since the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by NATO started its operations in Afghanistan in 2001 deal with American drones, the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, terrorist attacks on schools and police stations, and the whereabouts of the Taliban. But in the […]

Glaciers & Mountain Ecosystems Gain National Institutional Profile in Peru
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Glaciers & Mountain Ecosystems Gain National Institutional Profile in Peru

With the creation of the National Institute for Research in Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems (INAIGEM), Peru’s national government is strengthening its role in investigating the nexus of climate change, glacial recession, natural hazards, and the management of water and other mountain-based ecosystem services in the Central Andes. The establishment of INAIGEM within the Ministry of […]

“Mountain Futures”: Common patterns in global mountain landscapes
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“Mountain Futures”: Common patterns in global mountain landscapes

Earlier this year, we traveled more than halfway around the world for the conference “Mountain Futures: Nurturing Seeds for Change in the Anthropocene”, which was held from March 1-4 in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. The conference was organized by a large group of Chinese and international organizations from the academic, civil society and private sectors. […]

A mountain sabbatical from Arctic to Antarctic. Part 1: Stuffies and steel
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A mountain sabbatical from Arctic to Antarctic. Part 1: Stuffies and steel

The research equipment, which includes steel frames, data loggers, microclimate sensors and instrumentation for automated monitoring of plant canopies in mountain meadows, will go into the Land Cruiser first. Next, the ‘gear’: hiking, biking, camping and glissading equipment. Must remember the snowshoes! It has been a snowy May up high in Colorado. We’ll pack some […]