Monitoring mountains in a changing world: new horizons for the Global Network for Observations and Information on Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME)

Carolina Adler, Eliza Palazzi, Aino Kulonen, Jörg Balsiger, Guido Colangeli, Douoglas Cripe, Nathan Forsythe, Grace Goss-Durant, Yaniss Guigoz, Jürg Krauer, Davnah Payne, Nick Pepin, Manuel Peralvo, José Romero, Maria Shahgedanova, Rolf Weigartner, Marc Zebisch

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    Abstract

    Mountains are globally distributed environments providing significant societal benefits, a function increasingly compromised by climatic change, environmental stress, political and socioeconomic transformations, and unsustainable use of natural resources. Gaps in our understanding of these processes and their interactions limit our capacity to inform decisions, where both generalities of mountain regions (eg climate processes) and specificities (eg context-specific manifestations of climate risks) matter. The Global Network for Observations and Information on Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME), a Group on Earth Observations initiative, aims to fill these gaps through accessible Earth Observation (EO) as well as in-situ data and information on global change drivers, conditions, and trends. A workshop convened by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) revised GEO-GNOME’s work plan, galvanizing a network that promotes relevant monitoring of global change in mountains and is responsive to the integrated knowledge needs of policy, research, and management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)265-270
    Number of pages6
    JournalMountain Research and Development
    Volume38
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2018

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