Perth III - on 'Mountains of Our Future Earth'

Conference // Perth III - on 'Mountains of Our Future Earth'

This is a contribution to the global Future Earth programme, a 10-year international research initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades.


List of session themes

Parallel sessions at the conference include:

Pesearch presentation sessions (oral presentations to be chosen from an open call);

round table discussions (presenters to be chosen from an open call, some speakers may be invited).


Posters may also be submitted under the themes listed below.


All of the sessions align with the Future Earth (FE) Research Themes:


FE1: Dynamic Planet

FE2: Global Development

FE3: Transformations towards Sustainability

Research Presentation Sessions

- 1 Relief versus elevation: How are mountains different from high Plateaux? - David Schimel, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (USA) (FE1)


- 2 Arctic and alpine: How do alpine regions differ from arctic regions? - David Hik, University of Alberta (Canada) (FE1)


- 3 The role of alpine cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world - Vladimir Eisen, University of Idaho (USA) (FE1, FE2)


- 4 Global degradation of snow, glaciers, and permafrost - Andrea Fischer, IGF, Austrian Academy of Sciences (FE1)


- 5 High-elevation climate 1 - Nathan Forsythe, Newcastle University (UK) (FE1)


- 6 Science-driven community-based approaches for enhanced climate change adaptation capacity - Alton Byers, The Mountain Institute, Daene McKinney, University of Texas at Austin (USA) (FE1)


- 7 Generating and managing data (or knowledge?) in climate and water resources for climate adaptation Christian Huggel University of Zurich (Switzerland), Nadine Salzmann, University of Zurich (Switzerland), Samuel Nussbaumer, University of Zurich (Switzerland) (FE1)

- 8 Palaeo perspectives for guiding future scenarios - Rob Marchant, University of York (UK) (FE1, FE3)


- 9 Invasive species in mountain regions 1 - (MRI) (FE1)


- 10 Monitoring biota in mountaintop environments; a focus on GLORIA activities across different biomes - Harald Pauli, IGF, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Manuela Winkler, BOKU (Austria) (FE1)


- 11 Mountain treeline ecotones; threshold dynamics and climatic relationships - Connie Millar. USDA Forest Service (USA), David M. Cairns, Texas A&M University (USA) (FE1)


- 12 Linking past land use legacies & future land use trajectories in mountain region - Jacek Kozak, Jagiellonian University (Poland), Urs Gimmi, WSL (Switzerland), Volker Radeloff, University of Wisconsin (USA) (FE1)


- 13 Insights and challenges on modelling future LUCC in mountainous regions Thomas Houet GEODE, University of Toulouse (France) (FE1, FE3)


- 14 Urbanization in mountain areas in the frame of metropolitisation & global change - Manfred Perlik, EURAC (Italy) and CDE, University of Bern (Switzerland) (FE1)


- 15 Mountain regions in the vicinity of cities and urban agglomerations - Ariane Walz, Potsdam University (Germany) (FE3)


- 16 The impacts of the commodification of landscapes, new social actors & uses on the territorial capital of mountain regions (from multilocal dwelling to extraction of raw materials) - Manfred Perlik, EURAC (Italy) and CDE, University of Bern (Switzerland) (FE1)


- 17 Advances in observatories of mountain social-ecological systems 1 - (MRI) (FE1)


- 18 Mountain social-ecological system dynamics and resilience to global change - Julia Klein, Colorado State University (USA), Prakash Tiwari, Kumaon University (India), Tino Johansson, ICIPE (Kenya) (FE1, FE2, FE3)


- 19 Key dimensions of the mountains of South East Asia 1 - (MRI) (FE1)


- 20 African mountains & their challenges - Nigel Barker, Rhodes University (South Africa) (FE1, FE2, FE3)


- 21 Mountain ecosystem services, adaptive management and global change - Sam Kanyamibwa, Albertine Rift Conservation Society, Maria Nijnik, James Hutton Institute (UK), Harald Bugmann, ETH Zurich (Switzerland) (FE1, FE2, FE3)

- 22 Mountain forests: stresses, disturbances and ecosystem services - Georg Gratzer, BOKU (Austria) (FE1, FE2, FE3)


- 23 Farming in mountain areas - Horst Weyerhauser, University of Central Asia (FE2, FE3)


- 24 Water-energy-food security nexus in mountains - Carolina Adler, ETH Zurich (Switzerland) (FE2)


- 25 Transboundary water wrangles, Jack Shroder University of Nebraska at Omaha (USA) (FE2, FE3)


- 26 Challenges of land use decision-making in an increasingly nested & networked world - Adrienne Grêt-Regamey, ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Thomas Kohler, CDE, University of Bern (Switzerland), Jack Shroder, University of Nebraska at Omaha (USA) (FE2, FE3)


- 27 Current assessments of Sustainable Mountain Development - Greg Greenwood (MRI) (FE2)


- 28 How can mountain communities adapt to increased extreme weather events? - Hans Schreier, University of British Columbia (Canada)

- 29 Local development initiatives and institutions/governance - Thomas Dax, Federal Institute for Mountainous and Less-Favoured Areas (Austria), Thomas Kohler, CDE, University of Bern (Switzerland), Thomas Streifeneder, EURAC (Italy) (FE1, FE3)


- 30 Social change in mountain regions: How does it happen? (MRI)


- 31 Altitude and land tenure systems - Ismael Vaccaro, McGill University (Canada), Oriol Beltran, University of Barcelona (Spain), Will Tuladhar Douglas, University of Aberdeen (UK) (FE1, FE2, FE3)


- 32 Sacred mountain landscapes and biocultural diversity - Will Tuladhar Douglas  University of Aberdeen (UK) (FE1, FE2, FE3)


- 33 Protected areas as model regions for sustainable development - Axel Borsdorf, IGF, Austrian Academy of Sciences (FE3)


- 34 Mountain trail systems 1 - Will Tuladhar Douglas, University of Aberdeen (UK), Elaine Hsiao, University of British Columbia (Canada) (FE1, FE2, FE3)


- 35 'Best Practices': The application of research  to tourism development  and operations - Gary Grant, Harry Measure - The Seer Resort Company (Canada) (FE2, FE3)


- 36 Sustainable tourism development - Carolina Adler - ETH Zurich (Switzerland) (FE2, FE3)

Round Table Sessions


- RT1 High-elevation climate 2 - Nathan Forsythe - Newcastle University (UK) (FE1)


- RT2 Invasive species in mountain regions 2  (MRI) (FE1)


- RT3 Advances in observatories of mountain social-ecological systems 2 (MRI) (FE1)


- RT4 Key dimensions of the mountains of South East Asia 2 (MRI) (FE1)


- RT5 Guidelines for Future Assessments of Sustainable Mountain Development - (Greg Greenwood) (MRI) (FE2)


- RT6 Assessment of sustainable mountain development: Measures of social capital (MRI) (FE2)


- RT7 Assessment of sustainable mountain development: Measures of economic capita (MRI) (FE2)


- RT8 What's in the Social Box?: Descriptions of mountain social systems (MRI)(FE2)


- RT9 LTSER sites in European mountain areas - Thomas Spiegelberger - IRSTEA, France (FE1, FE2, FE3)


- RT10 Mountain trail systems 2 - Will Tuladhar Douglas - University of Aberdeen (UK), Elaine Hsiao - University of British Columbia (Canada) (FE1, FE2, FE3)


- RT11 Regionalization beyond mountains - Jörg Balsiger, Bernard Debarbieux - University of Geneva (Switzerland) (FE3)

- RT12 Transdisciplinary approaches to sustainability of mountain social-ecological systems under global change - Julia Klein, Colorado State University (USA), Catherine Tucker - Indiana University, (USA), Anne Nolin - Oregon State University (USA), Robin Reid - Colorado State University (USA) (FE2, FE3)

- RT13 Options & opportunities for sustainable mountain development across sectors and scales - Prakash Tiwari - Kumaon University (India) (FE3)


- RT14 Advancing montology: Towards a critical theory of mountains - Fausto Sarmiento - University of Georgia (USA) (FE1, FE2, FE3)


- RT15 What are the key policy venues for mountain regions? - Thomas Hofer- Mountain Partnership Secretariat (FE2)

- RT16 Future Earth — An agenda for R&D from a mountain perspective - Hans Hurni, Thomas Kohler - CDE, University of Bern (Switzerland) (FE1, FE2, FE3)

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