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BACKGROUND & PURPOSE
PROGRAM & SCHEDULE
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  SYMPOSIUM SPONSORS

NOAA logo
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Global Programs and Climate Diagnostic Center

U.S.D.A. Forest Service logo USDA Forest Service
PSW Research Station
Sierra Nevada Research Center



USDA Forest Service
PNW Research Station
Fire and Environmental Research Applications


U.S.Geological Survey logo
U.S. Geological Survey, Biological and Water Resources Divisions

Desert Research  Institute logo
Desert Research Institute, Western Regional Climate Center


Montana State, Big Sky Institute logoMontana State University, The Big Sky Institute for Science & Natural History



U.C. White Mountain Reasearch Station logo University of California, White Mountain Research Station



U.C. Scripps Institute of Oceanography logoUniversity of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

University of Arizona, Tree-Ring Lab logoUniversity of Arizona, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

State of California, Resources Agency

California Bay-Delta Authority

 


Mountain landscapes, ecosystems and watersheds have responded to past climate variations in complex ways including abrupt and cascading landscape shifts even when climate changed gradually. In the 21st century, changing climates will interact with other stresses, making unexpected responses even more likely. Regional monitoring, research, prediction, and decision-support efforts can enable early warnings and resource-management system that may accommodate or avoid surprises. The Mountain Climate Sciences Symposium confronted issues of western mountain environments in light of anticipated 21st century climate variation. Participants helped develop a west-wide mountain climate- and climate-response science initiative.


Sierra Nevada glacial cirques and tarns

The specific goals of the symposium were:

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Present states-of-knowledge in climate and climate-response research for mountain regions of western North America.
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Develop support for long-term, interdisciplinary, and integrated climate and climate-related research and monitoring in western mountains.
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Facilitate communication and understanding of climate sciences and their implications to local and regional resource managers and decision-makers.
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Promote data integration, quality assurance, management, and archival capacities for climate-related databases.
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Establish a roadmap for long-term regional integration of climate sciences, assessment, natural resource policy, and management.
 

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