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126S: Selecting relevant essential variables for monitoring mountain socio-ecological systems
Monday, 24/Feb/2020:
10:30am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Carolina Adler
Session Chair: Elisa Palazzi
Session Chair: Davnah Payne
Session Chair: Roger G. Sayre
Session Chair: Aino Kulonen
Location: Schwarzhorn
Parallel Session 140 m2 126 PAX

Session Abstract

Mountains worldwide host rich biodiversity, are home to millions of people and provide upland and lowland inhabitants with vital ecosystem services and resources for their livelihoods. However, mountain regions are highly dynamic environments and undergo constant changes in their climate, natural hazards, land use, and in their political and socio-economic context. These changes are often amplified compared to lowland areas and driven by a multitude of biophysical and socio-economic factors. Accordingly, effective policies and management approaches that account for these changes are needed to safeguard the natural assets that underpin human wellbeing and ecosystems along elevational gradients and thereby adequately respond to international agendas such as the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity or the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. These approaches in turn require effective monitoring frameworks that offer relevant, regular, timely, and harmonized data to generate information that responds to reporting needs. Incorporating Essential Variables (EVs) into monitoring frameworks offers a means to harmonize the collection of data pertaining to drivers and processes of change that are context-relevant, in this case through the in situ and remote monitoring of relevant biodiversity and societal variables from the local to the global scale. However, given their remoteness, their steep environmental gradients, diverse habitats and microclimates, diverse socio-cultural contexts, and complex social-ecological systems interactions, mountains are particularly difficult to monitor. To facilitate harmonised data compilation, essential mountain biodiversity and societal variables need to be identified that fulfil a set of criteria that incudes scalability, temporal sensitivity, feasibility, and relevance in mountains, specifically.

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10:30am - 10:45am

Background and Context for selecting relevant Essential Variables for monitoring Mountain Socio-Ecological Systems

Carolina Adler1, Elisa Palazzi2

1Mountain Research Initiative, Switzerland; 2CNR, Italy

10:45am - 11:00am

Traits As Essential Variables To Monitor Mountain Plants

Christian Rixen, IntraTrait Consortium

SLF, Switzerland

11:00am - 11:15am

Visualize the Invisible: Long-term Monitoring Of Biodiversity In Alpine Terrain

Christian K├Ârner1, Martin Grube2, Elisabeth Hainzer3, Roland Kaiser4, Erwin Meyer5, Ulrike Tappeiner5

1University of Basel, Switzerland; 2University of Graz, Austria; 3National Park Hohe Tauern, Austria; 4Ennacon, Salzburg; 5University of Innsbruck

11:15am - 11:30am

Biophysical Settings and Conservation Status of Global Mountains

Roger G. Sayre1, Madeline Martin1, Deniz Karagulle2, Charlie Frye2, Carolina Adler3, Elisa Palazzi4, Jurg Krauer5

1U.S. Geological Survey; 2Esri; 3Mountain Research Initiative; 4National Research Council of Italy; 5University of Bern

11:30am - 11:45am

Population And Population Changes In Mountain Ranges Of The World Between 1975-2015

Daniele Ehrlich1, Martino Pesaresi1, Thomas Kemper1, Michele Melchiorri2

1European Commission, Joint Resarch Centre, Italy; 2Engineering S.p.a, Italy

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