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Mountain research of global, international, regional and local relevance

​GLOMOS undertakes and supports the generation of significant scientific​ contributions to mountain research of global, international, and regional importance, while simultaneously providing these findings and results to relevant decision- and policymakers. 

GLOMOS engages in the creation and management of knowledge within the context of mountain research either as a lead partner or in cooperation with other partners, therefore, supporting policy and decision making at a global scale, for example, contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) reports as well as providing support to the GEO-GNOME initiative or the International Mountain Society (IMS).​

Our current activities:

  • Literature review on risk perception in mountain regions: “Risk perception in mountain regions: social determinants of climate change around the globe”

  • Compiling and editing a book: "Safeguarding Mountains: A Global Challenge - Facing emerging risks, adapting to changing environments and building transformative resilience in mountain regions worldwide"

  • Researching the impacts of Sars-CoV-2 in rural mountain communities worldwide 


Literature review on risk perception in mountain regions: “Risk perception in mountain regions: social determinants of climate change around the globe”

A literature review by GLOMOS researchers on climate change risk perception in global mountain regions has been initiated and will be published in 2021. T​​​his paper was undertaken in response to a call for papers to facilitate the 6th Assessment Report of Working Group II of the IPCC.

Contact person: Paola Fontanella Pisa

Research team: Stefan Schneiderbauer, Paola Fontanella Pisa, Jessica Delves, Lydia Pedoth


Compiling and editing a book: "Safeguarding Mountains: A Global Challenge - Facing emerging risks, adapting to changing environments and building transformative resilience in mountain regions worldwide"​

GLOMOS launched a book compilation initiative with Elsevier for an edited volume to be published in 2021 as part of Elsevier’s Hazards and Disasters Series. 

The book is titled: Safeguarding Mountains - A Global Challenge: Facing emerging risks, adapting to changing environments, and building transformative resilience in mountain regions worldwide. 

Containing contributions from international mountain researchers, colleagues from the UN system, and regional stakeholders, this publication aims at providing an overview of the state-of-the-art research in mountain regions worldwide and includes cutting-edge methodologies and technologies, the identification of existing challenges, and methods to enhance understanding of the diversity of mountain contexts in different geographic regions. 

This book will underline/indicate existing and potential synergies and results of mountain research work in accordance with the United Nations international frameworks, for instance, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and the Agenda for Land Degradation Neutrality. In doing so, it will facilitate greater recognition of mountain issues within international frameworks, also in direct comparison with coastal areas or mega-cities which usually receive stronger attention at the international level.​

Contact person: Stefan Schneiderbauer

Research team: Stefan Schneiderbauer, Joerg Szarzynski, Paola Fontanella Pisa, Sofia Panchi-Robles


Research: Impacts of Sars-CoV-2 in rural mountain communities worldwide ​

Together with partners of the global network, and based on their comprehensive local expertise, GLOMOS researchers have initiated investigations concerning the impacts of COVID-19 in different mountain regions worldwide. Interviews with affected communities in Peru, Ecuador, South Africa, and Kurdistan, have provided valuable insight into mountain-specific challenges posed by the pandemic. Results are envisaged for publication in early 2021.

Contact person: Joerg Szarzynski

Research team: Joerg Szarzynski, Andrea Membretti, Sofia Panchi-Robles, Jess Delves


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