Mountain Research Initiative

The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) is an international network that envisions a world in which research to understand global change challenges and opportunities in mountains is conducted across borders and disciplines, with and for society, in order to generate knowledge that enables decisions, actions, and transformations towards sustainable development.

It is supported in achieving this vision by the MRI Coordination Office, based in Bern, Switzerland.

Making Connections for Our Changing Mountains.

The MRI connects the global mountain research community. With the MRI Coordination Office serving as a central and enabling hub, our flagship activities, synthesis workshops, working groups, events, and online platforms bring researchers and stakeholders from diverse disciplines and backgrounds together.

We work with the mountain research community and society more broadly to identify research priorities and possibilities for common action, and we support this common action by providing targeted funding, coordination, and administrative assistance. We also strive to keep the research community informed, and work with research organizations and funding agencies to ensure that mountain global change topics are recognized and addressed.

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Funding and Endorsement

The MRI is a Strategic Partner of Future Earth and a Participating Organization of the Group on Earth Observations.

The MRI is hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern, and funded by the Swiss Academies of Sciences (SCNAT). For projects and contributions related to IPCC AR6 activities, as well as the climate change adaptation in mountains programme, we receive funding from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). 

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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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Mountains Connect Interregional Workshop Report

This report captures take-aways for interregional exchange, regional collaboration and advocacy for mountain areas from the Mountains Connect Interregional Workshop held in Vienna in June 2022.

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Leave No Mountain Behind

Why, despite the essential role mountains play in enabling countries and regions adapt to climate change, reduce disaster risks and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, are mountain communities often left behind economically and politically? Learn more in this issue brief.

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Mountains Connect Interregional Workshop

The Mountains Connect Interregional Workshop brought together more than sixty participants from across the world's mountain regions to share and create new knowledge and experiences on adaptation and regional governance in mountain ranges.

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A FRAGILE FUTURE: Can mountain communities adapt to climate change?

(Video) This hybrid online and in-person event presented the latest cryosphere science about the impacts and risks of climate change, and explored good adaptation solutions and experiences, especially in mountain areas, with a focus on developing countries.

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GEO Mountains

GEO Mountains seeks to identify, collate and make accessible transboundary and inter- and transdisciplinary data and information – from a variety of providers – pertaining to environmental, ecological, and societal change in mountainous regions globally.

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Toward a definition of Essential Mountain Climate Variables

This article introduces Essential Mountain Climate Variables (EMCVs) which could be used to increase the utility of mountainous environmental data to both fundamental science and decision making.

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