Carolina Adler

Executive Director

Carolina Adler, a dual national from Chile and Australia, is an Environmental Scientist and Geographer by background, with an international career spanning over 22 years in both research and practice in the public and private sectors. As the current Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), she is tasked with overseeing the work of the MRI Coordination Office, as well as connecting, coordinating, and promoting global change research agendas and supporting regional and thematic networked collaborations in mountains worldwide.

Carolina Adler obtained her PhD at Monash University (Australia) in 2010, focusing on climate change adaptation and relevant policy processes for sustainable development in mountain regions, receiving the Harold D Lasswell Prize in 2010 for best thesis. Since then, Adler has focused her research and consulting activities on the assessment and evaluation of inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations on questions related to sustainable development in mountains, as well as the use of scientific evidence in regional and global assessment efforts and uptake in policy and decision-making contexts.

Adler is Lead Author in Chapter 2 "High Mountain Areas" in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), released last September 2019, as well as Lead Author for the IPCC Working Group II on Impacts, Vulnerability, and Adaptation and Co-Lead for the Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), due in 2021. Following a passion for mountains, she shares her environmental expertise as delegate to the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (Union International des Associations d'Alpinisme - UIAA) Mountain Protection Commission, later in 2016 assuming the role of President. When not at her work desk, Carolina Adler is most likely to be found enjoying the great outdoors in the mountains.

More information:
MRI Expert Database
ORCID
ResearchGate

Twitter: @drcarolinadler | @MntResearch | @GEO_Mountains

Mountains in Nepal

IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere - High Mountain Areas

This IPCC chapter assesses new evidence on recent and projected changes in the mountain cryosphere as well as associated impacts, risks and adaptation measures related to natural and human systems.

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Carolina is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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Adaptation in Mountains

Mountains are highly vulnerable to climate change. They also provide numerous essential services. This theme explores how mountains and mountain communities can be made more resilient.
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Transnational climate impacts

Climate change – and adaptation to it – will occur in a globalized, hyper-connected world. 
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Adaptation Decision Making

Sharing methods, tools and approaches for adaptation decision-making.
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Community Based Adaptation Network (CBA Network)

The Community Based Adaptation Conference (CBA) online community space. Visit here for the latest news and information about CBA14.   
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