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Global mountain biodiversity assessment coordination office 2014-2017

English title Global mountain biodiversity assessment coordination office 2014-2017
Applicant Körner Christian
Number 152940
Funding scheme Research Infrastructure
Research institution Botanisches Institut Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Ecology
Start/End 01.04.2014 - 31.03.2015
Approved amount 168'400.00
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Keywords (6)

biodiversity; global network; mountains; geo-referenced biodiversity data; synthesis of knowledge ; global change

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Global Mountain Biodiversity assessment (GMBA) Koordinationsbüro 2014-15Das internationale Forschungsnetzwerk GMBA, gegründet im Jahr 2000, bietet eine Plattform zum Austausch und Synthese von Forschung zu Biodiversität in Hochgebirgen. Es ist Teil des Umweltforschungsprogramms DIVERSITAS, und wird in 2014 beim neuen Programm Future Earth aufgenommen.
Lay summary

Inhalt und Ziele des Forschungsnetzwerks

Das Koordinationsbüro am Botanischen Institut der Universität Basel organisiert Treffen, Berichte, Newsletter, Workshops, gemeinsame Forschungsprojekte, mobilisiert Gebirgsbiodiversitätsdaten, die bei GBIF publiziert werden, entwickelt international abgestimmte Forschungsempfehlungen und publiziert Syntheseberichte. Das Netzwerk besteht aus über 500 aktiven Forschenden und Entscheidungsträgern weltweit, die im Bereich Hochgebirgsbiodiversität arbeiten, aus allen grossen Gebirgsregionen der Welt. Mehr als 1000 Mitglieder aus 74 Ländern abonnieren den Newsletter. Die GMBA Webseite (www.gmba.unibas.ch) ist ein weiteres wichtiges Kommunikationsmittel, um Gebirgsforschende miteinander zu vernetzen und zu informieren.

Geplante Produkte sind:  1. Gebirgsbiodiversitätsportal: Zugang zu einer globalen Datenbank zu Biodiversität (Verbreitungskarten und Einzelfunde) in den Gebirgsregionen, in Zusammenarbeit mit Map of Life.

2. Modellbeobachtungsstandorte und Mobilisierung von Biodiversitätsdaten aus den Hochgebirgen der Welt, v.a. um Daten in bisher unterrepräsentierten Gebirgsgegenden zu gewinnen.

 3. Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen und Experten für die neue Platform IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) bereitstellen.

Die Ergebnisse werden Entscheidungsträgern, interessierten Institutionen und Politikforen (Biodiversitätskonvention, IPBES) zur Verfügung gestellt und aktiv kommuniziert. GMBA ist ein wichtiger Partner in der Umsetzung des Arbeitsprogramms für Gebirge der Biodiversitätskonvention.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 11.09.2014

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

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Publications

Publication
A climate-based model to predict potential treeline position around the globe
Paulsen Jens, Körner Christian (2014), A climate-based model to predict potential treeline position around the globe, in Alpine Botany, 124(1), 1-12.
Mountains and Climate Change
Kohler T. Wehrli A. Jurek M. (2014), Mountains and Climate Change.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
ICAS, SC-Nat Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
DIVERSITAS/Future Earth France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Mountain Partnership Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
The Mountain Research Initiative MRI Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network – GEO BON France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
MIREN Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
Swiss Agency on Development and Cooperation SDC Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Denmark (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Map of Life/Yale University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Swiss National GBIF Node Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Mountain Long Term Ecological Research network mLTER Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Secretariat of the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) Canada (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
ICIMOD Nepal (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
GLORIA Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Biodiversity Forum, SC-Nat Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Global Fair and Workshop on Mountain Observatories Talk given at a conference Workshop “A global observatory network for alpine ecosystems” 17.05.2014 Reno, Nevada, United States of America Spehn Eva Maria;


Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
159677 Global mountain biodiversity assessment coordination office 2015-2018 01.04.2015 Research Infrastructure
135726 Global mountain biodiversity assessment coordination office 2011-2014 01.04.2011 Research Infrastructure

Abstract

Global mountain biodiversity assessment (GMBA) coordination office 2011-2014GMBA, founded in 2000, is the first and oldest network of the international biodiversity programme DIVERSITAS, acting as a platform for international mountain biodiversity research. Through meetings, reports, a newsletter, workshops, coordination of collaborative research, mobilising mountain biodiversity data for the open access GBIF database, development of internationally accepted research guidelines and synthesis publications, GMBA has succeeded in creating a corporate identity and forum for mountain biodiversity researchers worldwide, under Swiss leadership. GMBA communicates these findings to international policy fora and interested institutions, and ensures that Swiss biodiversity researchers have access to international activities. The current network consists of about 500 researchers and policy makers who work in the field of mountain biodiversity in all major mountain regions of the world; more than 1000 members from 74 countries are subscribers. GMBA is one of the key organisations in implementing the CBD Programme of Work on Mountains (UNEP/CBD/COP7/4, pp 128-139). Many of the proposed actions and goals of CBDs Programme of Work on Mountains are consistent with the goals and work of GMBA to synthesize knowledge on the biological richness of the mountains of the world and its change through human influences. GMBA office structure: The GMBA office operates with 1.2 academic positions, but benefits from broad in-kind support by non-GMBA “staff” from around the world. The GMBA office maintains a database of mountain biodiversity experts and a communication platform for global mountain biodiversity issues. The GMBA website (www.gmba.unibas.ch) is an important tool for informing and linking mountain biodiversity researchers, with subscription and feedback options and a regularly updated and managed list of news and events. Upcoming GMBA funding period 2014-17: This proposal requests 36 months of Swiss SNSF funding for the Swiss Coordination Office of GMBA, for the period April 2014-March 2017. Main products will include:1.Global Databases: accessible through the GMBA Mountain biodiversity data portal, in collaboration with Map of Life Project at Yale University2.Intensive model sites: mountain LTER network to improve knowledge base on global change effects on mountain ecosystems and biodiversity 3.Mobilisation of mountain biodiversity data, through baseline assessments, training workshops, projects, and partnerships, in order to fill gaps and counterbalance geographically uneven research efforts and data availability. 4.Science-Policy link: GMBA will link the mountain biodiversity community with the Convention on Biological Diversity CBD and provide input for IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, e.g. through publications, network of experts, reviewers, etc. 5.Keep leading house role on mountain biodiversity in Switzerland
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