Through a series of workshops and synthesis activities, Julia Klein, Assistant Professor at Colorado State University, Anne Nolin, Associate Professor at Oregon State University, and Greg Greenwood, Executive Director of the Mountain Research Institute (MRI) in Bern, Switzerland, brought together experts on mountain hydrology, ecosystem science, human ecology and environmental governance; decision makers in policy and resource management; and key stakeholders to explore the dynamics of coupled human-­natural systems as they relate to global change and well-­being in mountain regions.

These activities aim to move this field forward in order to foster the resilience of mountain social-ecological systems to global change, to maintain the flow of key ecosystem services from these important mountain regions, and to advance the conceptual and quantitative aspects of social-­ecological systems science.