Shaxi: Of trades both ancient and modern
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Shaxi: Of trades both ancient and modern

There are frequently articles in the New York Times about distant, exotic places but the one about Shaxi caught my eye, not least because it mentioned the Tea Horse Road. As described by National Geographic’s Mark Jenkins, “The ancient passageway once stretched almost 1,400 miles across the chest of Cathay, from Yaan, in the tea-growing […]

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 […]

Early Career Mountain Sentinels
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Early Career Mountain Sentinels

The Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network (mountainsentinels.org) is an international and transdisciplinary group of researchers, NGOs, stakeholders and government organizations from over 50 mountain sites around the world. Our objective is to use socio-economic, political, and biophysical observations and models to engage in knowledge co-creation and coordinated practice. The group was funded recently by NSF, and […]

Beer, kindred spirits and collaboration
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Beer, kindred spirits and collaboration

I recently received a request from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to tell them about a collaboration that started at a conference that led to an exciting new discovery, or to a new way of thinking about questions. AAAS is compiling such stories from scientists to illustrate the importance of face-to-face […]

Launching a new “Mountain Science Academia” in Japan
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Launching a new “Mountain Science Academia” in Japan

When you think of Japan, do you think of mountains with great natural diversity, or are you more likely to think of technology and manufacturing? Although people often associate Japan with islands and volcanoes, what many people don’t realize is that over 70% of Japan is covered by mountainous forests. Mt. Fuji (3,776 m) is […]

Big mountains, small research spaces in the Khumbu Himal region
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Big mountains, small research spaces in the Khumbu Himal region

It has become clear over the last few years that the Hindu Kush – Karakoram – Himalayan (HKH) glaciers remain a bit of an unknown quantity in the context of what is known about ongoing global glacier changes. This, in conjunction with features such as the Karakoram anomaly, the development of potentially dangerous ice contact […]

CH-AT: What’s in it for you?
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CH-AT: What’s in it for you?

If you are a Swiss or Austrian mountain researcher who subscribes to the “two minds are better than one” principle, join the CH-AT research network! It operates on the assumption that the two neighboring Alpine countries, with their strong commonalities, are better able to tackle mountain challenges if scientists and authorities work together to share […]