MRI Mountains Observatories Working Group and GEO Mountains Workshop in Central Asia
18.04.2023 | 00:00 –
20.04.2023 | 23:59
18.04.2023 – 

Apply now to join us in Almaty, Kazakhstan or online!

The primary aim of the workshop is to hold the inaugural meeting of the Central Asian Mountain Observatory Network (CAMON). Participants will gain an overview of current status of sites belonging to the network (e.g. variables measured, protocols applied, record lengths available, logistical aspects), and current thematic gaps / opportunities or expansion (e.g. increased biodiversity and societal monitoring). More generally, participants will have the opportunities to share experience in the operation of such sites, and identify potential joint projects or collaborations (e.g. water isotopes, microplastic analyses, in situ and remote sensing measurements of snow cover characteristics).

Additional aims of the workshop are to meet representatives from national and other hydrometeorological monitoring agencies in the region that make measurements in mountainous terrain, with a view to developing greater complementarity and exchange with CAMON sites. In addition, part of the programme will be targeted specifically towards students and Early Career Researchers, and could for instance seek to co-define possible research questions beyond the classical climate-cryosphere-surface hydrology nexus that could be explored in collaboration with CAMON (e.g. using data from CAMON sites). 

The workshop will include an excursion to Bolshoe Almatisnkoe Lake Station. 

The number of supported places is limited. To apply to attend in person, please complete this form. We welcome applications from researchers in all disciplines, but especially those that are currently underepresented (e.g. ecology/biodiversity, social sciences). We also strongly encourage Early Career Researchers (ERCs) to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 February 2023. 

This meeting is co-organised by the MRI’s Mountain Observatories Working Group, the University of Reading, the UNESCO Central Asian Regional Glaciological Centre, and the Kazakhstan Institute of Geography as a contribution to GEO Mountains. It will be held at Hotel Almaty, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Simultaneous Russian–English interpretation will be provided. It will also be possible to join the meeting remotely (in this case please still indicate your interest using the link above).  

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