Mountain Sentinels Network partner Mountain Research Initiative‘s (MRI) Executive Director, Carolina Adler, lead and authored the Cross-Chapter Paper on ‘Mountains’ featured in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR6 WGII Climate report ‘Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.’
The paper assesses climate change impacts and risks, vulnerability as well as barriers and options for adaptation and climate resilient development in mountain regions. This is the first time in almost 30 years that ‘mountains’ have a dedicated space in the IPCC reports.
The paper states that climate change impacts have been documented in mountains on all continents, affecting almost 1.28 billion people who reside in and around mountain areas worldwide. A wide range of human and natural systems have been affected, including the cryosphere, water resources, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, agriculture, tourism, energy production, infrastructure, health and well-being, migration, disasters, and community and cultural values.