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At the invitation of Prof. Brigitta Erschbamer, I presented the interdisciplinary, international research project “MEDIALPS - Disentangling anthropogenic drivers of global change impacts on alpine plant species composition: Alps versus Mediterranean mountains” in the frame of the “Botanical colloquium” of the Institute of Botany of the University of Innsbruck on May 31st 2017.

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I’m working in the EU project AlpES that deals with ecosystem services in the Alpine Space. As junior scientist at IGF, I’m responsible for the integration of datasets in the AlpES WebGIS. One of the important integrated datasets is the EuroBoundaryMap v10 (EBM), that was kindly provided to us by EuroGeographics. Therefore I was invited by Angela Baker of EuroGeographics to the EuroGeographics’s Extraordinary General Assembly in May 2017. Normally this conference is for members only, but this year they introduced the PRODUCTS session. In this session four users were asked to present how and why they use the data of EuroGeographics.

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The project MEDIALPS – Disentangling anthropogenic drivers of climate change impacts on alpine plant species investigates anthropogenic factors, including climate change, pollution and land-use, leading to changes in plant species composition on mountain summits, which are the subject of the long-term monitoring network GLORIA (Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments).

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Project partners from ten institutions travelled from six different Alpine countries to Innsbruck, where the second project meeting in the AlpES project took place. The AlpES project aims to introduce ecosystem services (ES) as a regional/transnational environmental governance framework and train and support the AlpES target groups in understanding, valuing and managing them. Essential to reach this goal is to develop a common understanding on ecosystem services.

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Dr. Martin Rutzinger from the Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences has been appointed as co-chair of the working group on 3D Mapping for environmental & infrastructure monitoring within the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).


Mountains 2016, the International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions, took place in Bragança, Portugal 3–7 October 2016.