Research and innovation
Leverage current science developments to improve the mountain earth systems science and predictive capability needed for closing the service and information gaps, and leading to improved policy-relevant advice for sustainable mountain development.
Prior to Summit
Two groups of scientists will work on preparing concrete elements to tackle a specific per-defined question. The two questions will be shared in advance with the other session moderators, panel members, as well as other experts, to get additional feedback. The summary of input received will be presented in no more than 10 slides and should reflect (i) the connectivity between Observations, Research and Services, and (ii) Priorities for action.
Two main questions:
Can you reflect on how the observational infrastructure is currently organized to understand the dynamics of the high mountain system and what are the most critical drawback/failures of the current system (campaigns/studies)?
For example, the Year of Polar Prediction has been an important model for designing and planning operational-oriented field experiments ensuring both advancement in the understanding of polar processes and an enhancement of operational procedures in World Meteorological Centers. Is this model valid for the high mountain framework or should a more regional oriented solution be elaborated?
Lead: John Pommeroy
||High mountain regions feature interactions among different components of the Earth System (e.g. cryosphere, biosphere, hydrology, chemistry) and hence they require integrated services. At the same time, these opportunities are constrained by the need for end-user information (e.g., mapping the risk for landslides or other hazards, evaluating water availability, monitoring and predicting ecosystem’s status). The way we prioritize needs will impact on the development of monitoring and predictive tools. What do you think should be the specific priorities?
Chair: Carolina Adler