Mountains are iconic social-ecological systems that are globally ubiquitous yet locally unique. They are critical sentinels of climate change, as warming is occurring faster at higher altitudes. Mountains provide key ecosystem services, such as fresh water, to over half the planet’s human population. These benefits are threatened by diverse social and ecological changes occurring in mountains. Addressing the complex challenges facing mountains requires cross-scale partnerships among researchers, stakeholders and decision-makers to jointly identify desired futures and adaptation pathways, assess tradeoffs in prioritizing ecosystem services, and share best practices for mountain sustainability.
In this session, we invite speakers and participants whose work is addressing sustainability challenges in mountain social-ecological systems worldwide. We invite researchers using a variety of tools and especially those using a combination of approaches (e.g. social-ecological systems modeling, empirical case studies, participatory approaches, remote sensing, local knowledge, citizen science, ecosystem service assessment, nature-based solutions) to address issues facing mountain environments and people, with impacts beyond the mountains themselves. We seek to identify innovative partnerships, processes, and tools that can advance the research and practice for transforming towards sustainable mountain futures. We hope to share studies, experiences and lessons from diverse mountain sites worldwide.
|Presenter||Kramer Gillin*, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lessons of Mountain Geography: Untapped Opportunities for Pastoral Governance||20||9:55 AM|
|Presenter||Anaïs Zimmer*, University of Texas - Austin, Timothy Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Alpine ecosystems establishment in recently deglaciated landscapes: an assessment to advance periglacial area management policy.||20||10:15 AM|
|Presenter||Courtney Cooper*, University of Idaho, Paris Edwards, University of Idaho, Adrienne Marshall, University of Idaho, Meghan Foard, University of Idaho, Shana Hirsch, University of Washington, Micah Russell, University of Idaho, Timothy Link, University of Idaho, Spatial and Topical Distributions of Mountain-Climate Research in the Columbia River Basin||20||10:35 AM|
|Presenter||Sisimac Duchicela*, University of Texas - Austin, Francisco Cuesta, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Effects of interacting anthropogenic stressors on páramo ecosystems in the Andes||20||10:55 AM|
|Presenter||Anne W Nolin*, University of Nevada, Reno, Chad Higgins, Oregon State University, Stephen A Drake, University of Nevada, Reno, David R Conklin, Freshwater Simulations, Inc., Jordan Kern, North Carolina State University, Greg Charaklis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Understanding the Role of Snow and Upland Forests in the Food-Energy-Water System in the Willamette River Basin, Oregon||20||11:15 AM|
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