Researching climate change and its effects on our mountain environment
By Steve Couche
[originally published in the December 2006 Mazama Bulletin]
This article is a brief synopsis of a research conference I attended in September at Timberline Lodge called MtnClim 2006 sponsored by the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT). It was wonderful and thought provoking. There was indeed a lot of science, with talks of modeling and many graphs, trends and charts. Through it all, though, it was easy to see the big picture: the mountain landscape is changing and the culprit is global warming.