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Global Change and Mountain Regions: the Mountain Research Initiative Coordination Office

English title Global Change and Mountain Regions: the Mountain Research Initiative Coordination Office
Applicant Weingartner Rolf
Number 169157
Funding scheme Research Infrastructure
Research institution Geographisches Institut Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences
Start/End 01.10.2016 - 31.12.2016
Approved amount 95'174.00
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All Disciplines (15)

Discipline
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences
Agricultural and Forestry Sciences
Health
Botany
Zoology
Social geography and ecology
Climatology. Atmospherical Chemistry, Aeronomy
Economics
Human Ecology
Ecology
Hydrology, Limnology, Glaciology
Political science
Geomorphology
Sociology
Meteorology

Keywords (15)

Governance; Institutional analysis; Mathematical modeling; Global change; Research funding; Research frameworks; Long-term observations; Mountain regions; Inter- and transdisciplinary studies; Hydrology; Climatology; Sustainable development; Process studies ; Ecology; Communications

Lay Summary (French)

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La « Mountain Research Initiative » traduit l’intérêt que porte la Suisse vers les régions de montagne partout au monde en actions scientifiques concrètes.
Lay summary

La «Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) » est un projet d'infrastructure scientifique qui cherche à promouvoir et à coordonner la recherche sur les changements globaux dans des régions de montagne. Ce projet traduit l’intérêt que porte la Suisse aux régions de montagne en actions scientifiques concrètes.

La MRI fait partie de Future Earth, une initiative établie par le Conseil international des Unions scientifiques (CIUS) visant à rendre plus efficace la recherche face à l’accélération soutenue de changements globaux. Ainsi la MRI s’intéresse non seulement au suivi et à la compréhension des systèmes socio-écologiques de montagne, mais aussi au développement durable de ces systèmes ainsi que les transformations nécessaires pour leur permettre de se maintenir dans l’Anthropocéne.

Le « Science Leadership Council » (SLC) est l’organe délibératif de la MRI. Ce Conseil est composé de 5 chercheurs et chercheuses suisses et 26  internationaux-ales dont les intérêts concernent tous les continents habités à l'exception de l'Australie. Le SLC est équilibré en termes de genre et de disciplines physiques, biologiques et sociales. Les membres du SLC se caractérisent non seulement par leurs compétences scientifiques mais aussi par leurs positions clefs par rapport à des réseaux de recherche, de fournisseurs de financements, et de communautés plus larges de parties prenantes. Par le SLC, la MRI étend son influence bien au-delà de la Suisse.

Les objectifs de la MRI s'adressent à :

1. la cohérence de la communauté de chercheurs

2. les priorités de recherche

3. l’observation plus systématique, exhaustive et pertinente des régions de montagne

4. la compréhension des systèmes socio-écologiques montagnards

5. la formation de jeunes chercheu(r)(se)s

6. la visibilité de la problématique de changements globaux en montagne au niveau des organisations et des événements scientifiques

7. l’engagement de ses membres dans des processus politiques pertinents.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 29.09.2016

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Number Title Start Funding scheme
149873 Global Change and Mountain Regions: the Mountain Research Initiative Coordination Office 01.10.2013 Research Infrastructure

Abstract

1. Summary of the Research PlanGlobal Change and Mountain Regions: the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)Coordination Office is a scientific infrastructure project that promotes and coordinatesresearch on global change in mountain regions (Becker and Bugmann 2001). As aresult of foundational work under previous SNSF grants, MRI is now in a position toinfluence substantially the direction of global change research in mountain regionsand to bring that research into policy venues. MRI is Sustaining Partner with FutureEarth, a relationship that engages MRI to expand its scope beyond earth systemunderstanding (MRI’s traditional focus and Future Earth’s first goal “Dynamic Planet”)into areas of sustainable development (Future Earth’s second goal of “GlobalSustainable Development”) and social change (Future Earth’s third goal of“Transformation toward Sustainability”). This expansion in scope positions MRI morecentrally at the science-society interface, matches MRI’s enunciation ofsocial-ecological systems as a core principle and reflects the longstanding and strongdesire for engagement enunciated by MRI’s Science Leadership Council.MRI has reconstituted its governance structure and indeed its implementation modelthrough the creation of a Science Leadership Council (SLC). The SLC consists of 18members whose interests include all continents with the exception of Australia andAntarctica. The SLC is gender balanced, with physical, biological and social disciplinesequally represented. SLC members are characterized not only by their scientificexcellence but also by their positions with the mountain research network and theirconsequent influence on research, policy and the broader stakeholder community. TheSLC has completed a strategic planning process, creating statements of vision,mission, principles, goals and objectives for MRI. A major role for the SLC in theproposed project will be to implement its strategic plan using their standing withintheir professional networks and benefiting from the support of MRI CoordinationOffice. The SLC will thus greatly amplify the message of MRI far beyond what theCoordination Office can accomplish by itself.The goals state the targets for MRI and form the structure for this proposal:1. Researchers working on global change in mountain regions form a more coherentand interactive community, through the SLC, global networking, regional networks andcommunications.2. MRI has processes that lead the community to identify and develop critical researchtopics through Synthesis Workshops and common projects with Future Earth.3. Mountain observations become more systematic, comprehensive and pertinent through the Global Network of Mountain Observatories (GNOMO), projects with theGroup for Earth Observations and through the Belmont Forum.4. MRI community achieves a robust and common understanding of mountainsocial-ecological systems (SESs) through a community-wide education program andcommon projects with other researchers interested in remote areas.5. Training of the next generation of researchers interested in global change inmountain is promoted through compilation of information about existingmountain-centric curricula, support for early career researchers and development ofwebinars on key topics.6. Mountain concerns are visible within existing scientific organizations and eventsthrough engagement in existing events and with major projects such as IPCC and GEOand through the planning for “Perth IV” major mountain global change conference for2020.7. MRI engages in pertinent policy processes through the Sustainable MountainDevelopment for Global Change Program of SDC and via key policy venues identifiedby the SLC.The total budget request to SNSF for MRI is CHF 1’598'980.
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