A systematic review of participatory scenario planning to envision mountain social-ecological systems futures

Mountain social-ecological systems (MtSES) provide crucial ecosystem services to over half of humanity. However, populations living in these highly varied regions are now confronted by global change. It is critical that they are able to anticipate change to strategically manage resources and avoid potential conflict. Yet, planning for sustainable, equitable transitions for the future is [...]

By |2020-10-02T00:54:37-06:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Hot off the Press, Hot off the Press Featured|

Knowledge coproduction improves understanding of environmental change in the Ethiopian highlands

Knowledge coproduction that draws on local and scientific knowledge presents opportunities for more holistic understanding of environmental change. We describe our use of a multiple-evidence based approach to investigate the causes and consequences of environmental change in a community-protected grassland and its surrounding landscape in the Ethiopian highlands. We explore the interaction of biophysical change [...]

By |2020-10-02T00:51:16-06:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Hot off the Press, Hot off the Press Featured|

Rapid worldwide growth of glacial lakes since 1990

Glacial lakes are rapidly growing in response to climate change and glacier retreat. The role of these lakes as terrestrial storage for glacial meltwater is currently unknown and not accounted for in global sea level assessments. Here, we map glacier lakes around the world using 254,795 satellite images and use scaling relations to estimate that [...]

By |2020-10-01T02:05:34-06:00October 1st, 2020|Categories: Hot off the Press, Hot off the Press Featured|

Mountain Ecosystem Services

  Here are a few recent papers that share different ways to think about the Ecosystems Services Mountains Provide to Humanity. Aida Cuni-Sanchez, a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, worked with Dr. Robert Marchant from University of York, UK and Julia Klein, Colorado State University USA and other colleagues to explore how culture affects the use [...]

By |2020-04-16T18:41:39-06:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Hot off the Press|

Addressing Complex SES Challenges

Mountain social‐ecological systems (MtSES) are vital to humanity, providing ecosystem services to over half the planet's human population. Despite their importance, there has been no global assessment of threats to MtSES, even as they face unprecedented challenges to their sustainability. With survey data from 57 MtSES sites worldwide, we test a conceptual model of the [...]

By |2019-09-25T16:56:08-06:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Hot off the Press, Hot off the Press Featured|

An integrated community and ecosystem-based approach to disaster risk reduction in mountain systems: learning from scientists and practitioners

While a group of mountain interdisciplinary scientists were exploring and discussing mountain paradoxes, the 2015 Earthquakes devastated much of Nepal.  We partnered with practitioners on the ground in Nepal to explore the relationship between the mountain paradoxes and the challenges they create for disaster risk reduction in the mountains.  We also learned from experiences in [...]

By |2019-03-29T22:40:34-06:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Hot off the Press, Hot off the Press Featured, Integrated Community|

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Cattle are moved seasonally between private and federal rangeland in mountain communities. Social–ecological approaches to rangeland management have been developed by the Blue Mountains working group and the Community‐Based Observing Network working group of the Mountain Social Ecological Observatory Network (MtnSEON). This Digital Special Issue showcases a number of examples that illustrate the importance of [...]

By |2018-07-31T15:06:12-06:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Hot off the Press, Special Issue|

Finding Water Scarcity Amid Abundance through Social-Ecological Modeling

Jaeger et al. (2017, PNAS) find water scarcity amid abundance using human–natural system models. Through a detailed coupled human–natural system model of the Willamette River Basin in Oregon, USA,  the authors identify how climate change and socioeconomic growth will alter the availability and use of water in coming decades. Results demonstrate how water scarcity varies [...]

By |2019-03-27T10:33:08-06:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: Hot off the Press, Hot off the Press Featured|

Synthesis of Warming Experiments Across the Tibetan Plateau Demonstrates Effects of Permafrost and Drought on Net Primary Production

In Yang et al. (2018, Ecosphere), the authors conduct the first synthesis across warming experiments on the Tibetan Plateau.  They found that warming increased aboveground net primary production (ANPP) at sites with permafrost, but ANPP decreased with warming at non-permafrost sites. ANPP responded more negatively to warming under drier conditions, due to both annual drought [...]

By |2018-07-13T08:10:20-06:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: Hot off the Press, Hot off the Press Featured|

Impacts of Glacier Recession and Declining Meltwater on Mountain Societies

AAAG special issue focused on mountains, with several Mtn Sentinels co-authors. Glacierized mountains are often referred to as our world’s water towers because glaciers both store water over time and regulate seasonal stream flow, releasing runoff during dry seasons when societies most need water. Ice loss thus has the potential to affect human societies in [...]

By |2018-07-31T15:06:52-06:00March 10th, 2017|Categories: Hot off the Press, Hot off the Press Featured, Special Issue|