The Other White Mountains: A Window into the Boreal Future
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The Other White Mountains: A Window into the Boreal Future

“The field”. “Fieldwork”. Those phrases have magic in them, of more than one kind. The modern kind is we put that phrase in email autoresponders and it seems to absolve diverse failures. Apparently, others have patience for something that is becoming increasingly rare – time for fieldwork, time to go get the data from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yosemite Music Walk
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Yosemite Music Walk

Music magic in Yosemite National Park, El Portal, California Some say that Pan, the Greek god of the forests and meadows, made the first flute. Half man, half goat, he fell in love with a nymph named Syrinx. As he pursued her, she called out to the other nymphs for help. They changed her into […]

MtnClim 2016: Serious Science in an Informal Mountain Setting
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MtnClim 2016: Serious Science in an Informal Mountain Setting

A central activity of CIRMOUNT is to sponsor the biennial Mountain Climate Conferences – MtnClim. MtnClim conferences aspire to advance sciences related to climate and its interaction with physical, ecological, and social systems of western North American (and beyond) mountains by providing a forum for communicating current research; promoting active integration among disciplines and of […]

Managing bark beetle impacts on ecosystems and society
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Managing bark beetle impacts on ecosystems and society

When I visit mountain landscapes, I feel that I am absorbed by a deep sense of time, where slow geologic and ecological processes prevail. Over the course of my life, I’ve been attracted again and again to these landscapes for their solitude where I can savor a few moments to bask in their timelessness. I […]

Slow or fast change in alpine tundra? A Yukon story unfolds!
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Slow or fast change in alpine tundra? A Yukon story unfolds!

Each time I crest the ridge at the top of the Wolf Creek watershed, I am amazed to find myself in such a wild and beautiful landscape, just a few kilometres south of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.  Although I have been travelling to this alpine landscape for almost 20 years, I continue to be struck by […]

Ups & Downs of Lagomorphs in Western North America
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Ups & Downs of Lagomorphs in Western North America

Did you know that rabbits and their kin (Order Lagomorpha) have an international scientific consortium dedicated to their study, conservation, and global-change impacts, the World Lagomorph Society? The Society first met in Canada in 1979, and, since 2004, has met every four years. The first meeting in the USA convened in July 2016 in California. […]

Pray for Rain: Tokopah Basin Snow Survey 2016
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Pray for Rain: Tokopah Basin Snow Survey 2016

We are greeted by a holler. The light from our headlamps bounces against the trees and the stone walls of the hut. It’s my dad who has yelled out to us. He stands at the front door illuminated by the cabin light and the half-moon that hangs on the horizon. “Go ahead Adam,” I say, […]