EO in Mountain Regions: GEO GNOME at the XV GEO Plenary meeting

Elisa Palazzi, ISAC_CNR, Italy

The GEO Week 2018 Side Event “EO in Mountain Regions – Advances, Challenges, and Opportunities” was organized by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) in collaboration with CNR, MRI and CNR being the co-leads of the GEO-GNOME Initiative (https://www.earthobservations.org/activity.php?id=117, Adler et al., 2018), part of the 2017-2019 GEO Work Programme. 

After three introductory talks given by Carolina Adler (MRI, co-lead of GEO-GNOME) on the general GEO-GNOME structure, tasks, and results so far, by Elisa Palazzi (CNR, co-lead of GEO-GNOME) on the science of mountain observation data and processes including new challenges and open questions and by Roger Sayre (USGS, member of the GEO-GNOME core group) who presented and demonstrated an online visualization tool for spatial delineation of mountains according to different definitions (the Global Mountain Explorer, Sayre at al., 2018, https://rmgsc.cr.usgs.gov/gme/), the side event was devoted to open discussions and brainstorming on sustainable mountain development (SMD) using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. One discussed topic was the need to identify proper indicators and essential mountain variables encompassing both climate and non-climate parameters, paying always great attention to user needs, which represents a deep connection between GEO-GNOME and the whole ECOPOTENTIAL approach.

Side event web page: http://www.earthobservations.org/geo15.php?seid=612

Nivolet Plain in Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. On the Background: Gran Paradiso Massif glaciers. Courtesy of Silvia Giamberini, IGG-CNR.

Adler C., E. Palazzi, A.Kulonen, J.Balsiger, G. Colangeli, D. Cripe, N. Forsythe, G.G-Durant, Y. Guigoz, J.Krauer, D. Payne, N. Pepin, M. Peralvo, J.Romero, R. Sayre, M. Shahgedanova, R.Weingartner, and M. Zebisch, Monitoring Mountains in a Changing World: New Horizons for the Global Network for Observations and Information on Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME), Mountain Research and Development, 38 (3), 265-269, 2018

Sayre R, Frye C, Karagulle D, Krauer J, Beyer S, Aniello P, Wright D, Payne D, Adler C, Warner H, Van Sistine P, Cress J. A new high-resolution map of world mountains and an online tool for visualizing and comparing characterizations of global mountain distributions. Mountain Research and Development, 38(3):240– 249, 2018.