The theme for this year’s Mountain Climate Conference is Anticipating climate change impacts in mountains: Embracing variability. Decades of research has led to the understanding that temporal variability in climate affects mountain ecosystems in terms of water availability, the distribution of organisms, wildfire, and a myriad of ecosystem processes. In addition to variation over time, there has been increased interest in the spatial variability in mountain climate. Participants will look at how the intersection of climate variation in time and space might produce surprises that are hard to anticipate. These include the potential for mountain systems to act as refugia, approaches for characterizing spatial and temporal climate variability (e.g. climate velocity), climatic buffering by forests, and other areas of research relevant to anticipating and mitigating climate change impacts.
The 2018 Mountain Climate Conference will continue the tradition of excellence by working at the intersection of climate and a host of other scientific disciplines including hydrology, ecology, and glaciology. The meeting includes oral and poster presentations featuring keynote talks by thought leaders in the field as well as highlighting exceptional early-career scientists, providing forums for resource managers, and integrating undergraduate and graduate students into the professional community.
Abstracts are due by July 6, and registration closes August 17.