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||Corrine N. Knapp, Western Colorado University, Robin S. Reid*, Colorado State University, Julia Klein, Colorado State University, Maria E. Fernandez-Gimenez, Colorado State University, Kathleen Galvin, Colorado State University, The Long View of Sustainability Science: Scholars, Society, and Action||20||1:10 PM|
|Presenter||Julia Klein*, Colorado State University, Cara Steger, Colorado State University, Robin Reid, Colorado State University, Karim-Aly Kassam, Cornell University, Sandra Lavorel, CNRS, Exploring Transdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainability Within and Beyond the Mountains||20||1:30 PM|
|Presenter||Cara Steger*, Colorado State University, Shana Hirsch, University of Washington, Chris Cosgrove, Oregon State University, Sarah Inman, University of Washington, Eric Nost, University of Guelph, Xoco Shinbrot, Colorado State University, Jessica Thorn, University of York, Bettina Weibel, ETH Zurich, Anne Nolin, University of Nevada, Catherine Tucker, University of Florida, Dan Brown, University of Washington, Adrienne Gret-Regamey, ETH Zurich, Julia Klein, Colorado State University, Representing Complexity in Mountain Social-Ecological Models: Linking Design and Application||20||1:50 PM|
|Presenter||Erin Gleeson*, The Mountain Institute, Anais Zimmer, The Mountain Institute, Using traditional knowledge, participatory approaches, and ecosystem-based adaptation to drive innovation in mountains.||20||2:10 PM|
|Discussant||Julia Klein Colorado State University||20||2:30 PM|
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