Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Global Programs
and Climate Diagnostic Center
PSW Research Station
Sierra Nevada Research Center
PNW Research Station
Fire and Environmental Research Applications
Geological Survey, Biological and Water Resources Divisions
Research Institute, Western Regional Climate Center
State University, The Big Sky Institute for Science & Natural
University of California, White Mountain Research Station
of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
of Arizona, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
of California, Resources Agency
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.
specific goals of the symposium were:
states-of-knowledge in climate and climate-response research
for mountain regions of western North America.
support for long-term, interdisciplinary, and integrated
climate and climate-related research and monitoring in
communication and understanding of climate sciences and
their implications to local and regional resource managers
data integration, quality assurance, management, and archival
capacities for climate-related databases.
a roadmap for long-term regional integration of climate
sciences, assessment, natural resource policy, and management.