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Global mountain biodiversity assessment coordination office 2011-2014

English title Global mountain biodiversity assessment coordination office 2011-2014
Applicant Körner Christian
Number 135726
Funding scheme Research Infrastructure
Research institution Botanisches Institut Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Ecology
Start/End 01.04.2011 - 31.03.2014
Approved amount 486'601.00
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Keywords (8)

biodiversity; mountains; global network; global change; geo-referenced biodiversity data; mountain biodiversity; data mining; alpine

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
Lay summary

The Global MountainBiodiversity Assessment GMBA, founded in 2000, is the oldest network of theinternational biodiversity programme DIVERSITAS and focuses on mountainecosystems. GMBA has succeeded in creating a corporate identity andforum for mountain biodiversity researchers worldwide, under Swiss leadership,by organising meetings and workshops inSwitzerland and abroad, writing reports, distributing a newsletter on mountainbiodiversity, and coordination of scientific research. GMBA is mining mountainbiodiversity data for the open access Global BiodiversityInformation Facility’s (GBIF)database, developing internationally acceptedresearch guidelines and haspublished a number of synthesis publications. GMBA communicates these findings to an international audience, andensures that Swiss biodiversity researchers have access to internationalactivities. It thus acts as a platform for international mountain biodiversityresearch. The GMBA office maintains a database of mountain biodiversity expertsand a communication platform for global mountain biodiversity issues. Thecurrent network consists of about 500 researchers and policy makers who work inthe field of mountain biodiversity in all major mountain regions of the world;more than 1000 members from 74 countries are subscribers. The GMBA website(www.gmba.unibas.ch) is an important tool for informing and linking mountainbiodiversity researchers, with subscription and feedback options and aregularly updated and managed list of news and events.

The GMBA MountainBiodiversity Portal (www.mountainbiodiversity.org) was launched in May 2010, as a contribution to the Mountain Programmeof Work of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the InternationalYear of Biodiversity. It allows specific searches for primary mountain-specificbiodiversity data provided by the GBIF electronic portal to “open access”biological information. Users can select mountain areas and specify them byelevation or bioclimatic life belts (such as the treeless alpine belt) andsearch and download biodiversity information on a regional or global scale.

Main products of the funding period 2011-2014 will include upgrading of the GMBA Mountain Biodiversity Portal, linking the mountainbiodiversity community and provide input for IPBES, the IntergovernmentalScience-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, e.g. throughpublications, a network of experts, reviewers, etc., and increasing the amountand quality of mountain biodiversity data in GBIF, through training workshops,projects, or international partnerships.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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.
Mountain ecosystems in a changing environment
Körner Christian (2014), Mountain ecosystems in a changing environment, in Eco.mont, 6(1), 71-77.
Mining the Himalayan Uplands Plant Database for a Conservation Baseline Using the Public GMBA Webportal
Nemitz Dirk, Huettmann Falk, Spehn Eva Maria, Dickoré Wolf Bernhard (2012), Mining the Himalayan Uplands Plant Database for a Conservation Baseline Using the Public GMBA Webportal, in Huettmann Falk (ed.), 135-158.
A definition of mountains and their bioclimatic belts for global comparisons of biodiversity data
Koerner Christian, Paulsen Jens, Spehn Eva M. (2011), A definition of mountains and their bioclimatic belts for global comparisons of biodiversity data, in ALPINE BOTANY, 121(2), 73-78.
Mountain biodiversity
Spehn Eva M., Rudmann-Maurer Katrin, Koerner Christian (2011), Mountain biodiversity, in PLANT ECOLOGY & DIVERSITY, 4(4), 301-302.
Plant Ecology & Diversity Special Issue: Mountain Biodiversity
Körner Christian, Rudmann-Maurer Katrin, Spehn Eva M. (ed.) (2011), Plant Ecology & Diversity Special Issue: Mountain Biodiversity, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon.

Collaboration

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

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Faster, Higher, More? Past, present and future dynamics of arctic and alpine flora under climate change Talk given at a conference Global efforts in the protection of biodiversity in mountains 23.09.2013 Bergün, Switzerland Spehn Eva Maria;
Online biodiversity data for research and assessment Individual talk Online biodiversity data for research and assessmentshowcasing the Mountain Portal and Map of Life 11.01.2013 Innsbruck, Austria Spehn Eva Maria;
Planet under Pressure Conference Talk given at a conference Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA): added value of international scientific collaboration 28.03.2012 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Spehn Eva Maria;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Integrated assessments for IPBES in the framework of a world-wide high mountain environmental observatory system, Session at INTECOL conference 21.08.2013 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Second Meeting of the Mountain LTER Network 23.02.2013 Aosta, Italy
Biodiversity Data Publishing in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region: Platform, Progress, and Prospect 23.08.2012 Kathmandu, Nepal
Second Key Contact Workshop for mountain researchers 04.08.2012 Portland, United States of America
Hotspot-Furka event 23.07.2012 Furkapass, Switzerland
Distribution, Prediction and Conservation of Alpine species in the Central Greater Caucasus 21.06.2012 Stephantsminda, Georgia
Key contact workshop for Mountain Biodiversity Researchers 25.09.2011 Avila, Spain
First Meeting of the Mountain LTER Network 14.09.2011 Col du Lautaret, France

Awards

Title Year
Honorary doctor University of Innsbruck 2013
Honorary member of the Ecological Society of America ESA 2013

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
118167 Global mountain biodiversity assessment coordination office 2008-2010 01.02.2008 Research Infrastructure
124809 The ecological and socio-economic consequences of land transformation in alpine regions: an interdisciplinary assessment and VALuation of current changes in the Ursern Valley, key region in the Swiss central Alps 01.04.2009 Interdisciplinary projects
128057 Mountain biodiversity in the Caucasus and its functional significance 01.12.2009 SCOPES
126028 Swiss canopy crane (SCC): CO2-enrichment 01.04.2009 Project funding (Div. I-III)
152940 Global mountain biodiversity assessment coordination office 2014-2017 01.04.2014 Research Infrastructure

Abstract

Global mountain biodiversity assessment coordination office 2011-2014GMBA, founded in 2000, is the oldest and one of the most successful networks of the international biodiversity programme DIVERSITAS, covering all 4 DIVERSITAS core themes and projects (bioGENESIS, bioDISCOVERY, ecoSERVICES and bioSUSTAINABILITY) focussing on mountain ecosystems. Through meetings, reports, a newsletter, workshops to coordinate worldwide collaborative research, an experimental research network, e-mining of mountain biodiversity data for the open access GBIF database, internationally accepted research guidelines for specific fields, and 3 synthesis publications to date, GMBA has succeeded in creating a corporate identity and forum for mountain biodiversity researchers worldwide, under Swiss leadership. GMBA documents and synthesizes knowledge on mountain biodiversity, coordinates international efforts to understand the functional significance of mountain biodiversity, communicates these findings to international policy fora and interested institutions, and ensures that Swiss biodiversity researchers have access to international activities. It thus acts as a platform for international mountain biodiversity research.. 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. The main products 2011-2014 will include: •Upgrading of the Global mountain biodiversity data portal to a “one-stop, open access shop” for Mountain Biodiversity Information, in collaboration with GBIF and Vizzuality; •GMBA will link the mountain biodiversity community and provide input for IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, e.g. through publications, network of experts, reviewers, etc. •Increase the amount and quality of mountain biodiversity data in GBIF, through training workshops, projects (e.g. SCOPES Georgia), partnerships (e.g ICIMOD Nepal, EURAC Italy…).
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