Antarctica (Part 2)
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Antarctica (Part 2)

This is part two of a story originally published in the “First Person” section of the December 2015 issue of Mountain Views. This article was written by Andrew Fountain, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. Read part one here! McMurdo Station, aka ‘town’, houses somewhere between 800 and 1000 people, most of whom provide logistical support for the […]

Glacier Research in Peru Links Students with Communities
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Glacier Research in Peru Links Students with Communities

A faculty member and students from a provincial university in Peru recently presented the results of a class project on glacier research at an international conference. Their study of glacier retreat and environmental risks draws on the familiarity of the faculty and students with local environments and cultures. It sets an important example by showing […]

Antarctica (Part 1)
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Antarctica (Part 1)

I conduct my research in Antarctica, the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, to be precise (Fig. 1). It is the largest ice-free region on the continent and spans about 5000 km2. My research falls under the umbrella of the Long Term Ecological Research project (LTER), an NSF-funded program. The LTER maintains 25 sites of which […]

Is the water cycle accelerating over the Tibetan Plateau?
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Is the water cycle accelerating over the Tibetan Plateau?

The International Workshop on Land Surface Multi-spheres Processes of Tibetan Plateau and their Environmental and Climate Effects Assessment was held August 8-10 in 2016 in Xining (2200 m a.s.l.), capital of Qinghai province in China and the northeastern gateway to the Tibetan Plateau (TP). The meeting was supported by the Third Pole Environment (TPE) program […]

Landscape experts meet in the European Alps
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Landscape experts meet in the European Alps

Around 200 participants from Europe, Asia and the Americas met at the PECSRL 2016 conference in Innsbruck and Seefeld, Austria, from September 5 to 9 to discuss the past, present and future of rural mountain landscapes. Dating back to 1957, the Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL) is an international […]

Science and politics in a mountain grassland in Peru
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Science and politics in a mountain grassland in Peru

A recent visit to a research site in a high-elevation grassland in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru demonstrated the importance of these rapidly changing ecosystems. It showed as well the challenges of carrying out studies in this area, and the opportunities for collaborations between different organizations. This post was originally posted on the GlacierHub.org by […]

Agricultural impacts in African mountain landscapes and the Land Matrix database
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Agricultural impacts in African mountain landscapes and the Land Matrix database

Researching Large Scale Land Acquisitions and their impacts on African mountains A PhD research study by Kablan Effossou is being driven by the Land Matrix Initiative at the University of Pretoria and aims to find innovative new ways to use the Land Matrix database (http://www.landmatrix.org/) of large scale land acquisitions (LSLA) to explore agricultural impacts […]

AWARDS for Papua New Guinea Conservation Area
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AWARDS for Papua New Guinea Conservation Area

In a rare win for biodiversity conservation in Papua New Guinea (PNG), an alliance of ten clans shared in UNDP’s Equator Prize for their collaborative project on rainforest protection, winning US$10,000, praise at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) last December and recognition at a recent national award ceremony in PNG (Figure 1). […]