Transdisciplinary models as a tool for enhancing sustainable outcomes in natural-human systems
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Transdisciplinary models as a tool for enhancing sustainable outcomes in natural-human systems

Mountain Sentinels Virtual Coffee: Models as a tool for enhancing sustainable outcomes in mountain coupled natural-human systems To be held December 15, 2016 at 7:00am Mountain Time The Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network held the first half of this discussion on transdisciplinary modeling during a virtual coffee on October 20, 2016, and the conversation was continued […]

Growing mountains of waste
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Growing mountains of waste

A new report looks at the growing problem of waste in the world’s mountain regions. It’s a problem few people think about, unless like GRID-Arendal’s Bjorn Aflthan, they climb right into it. A few years ago, I went on ski tour with a few friends to the summit of Mont Blanc, western Europe’s highest mountain […]

Stagnant treelines and missing seeds
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Stagnant treelines and missing seeds

Does shrubification lead to stable active layers and stagnant treelines? Volume 2: Treeline A treeline frozen in time While permafrost has been responding rapidly to recent warming, treeline is much slower to respond to changes in temperature. There has been establishment of deciduous trees along the Canol Road built during WWII to service a pipeline […]

Mountain Sentinels in action: Africa and Latin America
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Mountain Sentinels in action: Africa and Latin America

The Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network takes a social-ecological systems perspective, where the emergent system properties are greater than the sum of its parts. While this systems perspective is one our guiding principles, in some cases, the parts are really, really interesting by themselves. Below are condensed statements from representatives of the Mountain Sentinels’ community regarding […]

Shrubification and stagnant treelines: palsas and puzzles in the Northwest Territories
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Shrubification and stagnant treelines: palsas and puzzles in the Northwest Territories

Does shrubification lead to stable active layers and stagnant treelines? Volume 1: Permafrost This past spring I wrote a blog post about the complex nature of how permafrost and treeline location respond to warming temperatures. When it comes to teasing out how landscapes that have persisted for millennia have responded to what have been consecutive […]

Mountain Sentinels in action: Asia
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Mountain Sentinels in action: Asia

The Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network takes a social-ecological systems perspective, where the emergent system properties are greater than the sum of its parts. While this systems perspective is one our guiding principles, in some cases, the parts are really, really interesting by themselves. Below are condensed statements from representatives of the Mountain Sentinels’ community regarding […]