GLOBAL OBSERVATION RESEARCH INITIATIVE IN ALPINE ENVIRONMENTS

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ARPA Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente Valle d'Aosta

AVIC Parco naturale Mont Avic

BI Botanical Institute Göteborg University

BMBWK Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur

BMLFUW Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft

CEH Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

CIPRA International Commission for the Protection of the Alps

CMS In August 2000, the Centre for Mountain Studies (CMS) was established at Perth College in Scotland, one of the 15 partner institutions of the UHI Millennium Institute. The Centre is the first of its kind in the UK. Through research, consulting, teaching, and outreach, its aim is to be recognised globally as a centre of excellence on issues relating to sustainable development in mountain regions.

CSIC Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto Pirenaico de Ecologia

CVL Department of Conservation Biology, Vegetation Ecology, Landscape Ecology

DET Dipartimento di Ecologia del Territorio e degli Ambienti Terrestri, Universita' degli Studi di Pavia

EEA The EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public

ESF The European Science Foundation is committed to promoting high quality science at a European level. It is the European association of national organisations responsible for the support of scientific research.

GF GreenFacts faithfully summarized the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment General Synthesis Report:"Ecosystems and Human Well-being"

GL2 GLOBAL 2000 is the largest and most well-known Austrian environmental organization and member of the Friends of the Earth network, the world's largest grassroots environmental network. GLOBAL 2000 uncovers environmental scandals and stands up for the responsibility of Austria in international environmental problems. It also offers ecological solutions for individuals and politicians. At present the main focus is on a big campaign on climate change

GMBA The Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) is a global network on mountain biodiversity research which belongs to DIVERSITAS (Paris), an international global change research programme on biodiversity sciences.

GNP Glacier National Park

GOSIC GOSIC is established at the College of Marine Studies of the University of Delaware, USA, to provide a single entry point for users for data and information produced by the global observing systems GCOS, GOOS, and GTOS.

GTOS GTOS is a programme for observations, modelling, and analysis of terrestrial ecosystems to support sustainable development.
GTOS facilitates access to information on terrestrial ecosystems so that researchers and policy makers can detect and manage global and regional environmental change.

GU Griffith University

IB Institut für Botanik und Botanischer Garten, Universität Innsbruck

IECB Institute of Ecology and Conservation Biology

IGBP IGBP’s mission is to deliver scientific knowledge to help human societies develop in harmony with Earth’s environment.

IGF Mountain Research: Man and Environment; Austrian Academy of Sciences

IHDP INTERNATIONAL HUMAN DIMENSIONS PROGRAMME ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
The IHDP is an international, interdisciplinary and non-governmental research programme, aiming at "the development and integration of research on the human dimensions of global environmental change".

ILESAS Institute of Landscape Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

ISCAR International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps

ITEX International Tundra Experiment

IUCN The Mountain Initiative Task Force of IUCN - The World Conservation Union was established in 2003 by the chairs of two of IUCN's Commissions: the Commission on Ecosystem Management and the World Commission on Protected Areas. The Task Force includes representatives from IUCN's Commissions and Secretariat, international mountain research initiatives, and key UN organisations with mountain interests.

KLI Klimabündnis Österreich

KNP Kosciuszko National Park

LEPNM Le Parc national du Mercantour

LFS Latnjajaure Field Station: The main focus of the research at LFS is plant ecology, especially the impact of climate change on arctic and alpine plants (The International Tundra Experiment).

MAB UNESCO’s Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB) develops the basis, within the natural and the social sciences, for the sustainable use and conservation of biological diversity, and for the improvement of the relationship between people and their environment globally.

MF The Mountain Forum promotes global action toward equitable and ecologically sustainable mountain development. This is achieved through information sharing, mutual support and advocacy. In order to achieve these objectives the Mountain Forum uses modern and traditional communications, supports networking and capacity building and encourages members to be proactive in advocating sustainable development of mountain areas.

MIREN A global programme aimed at understanding the problem of plant invasions into mountain areas

MNP Parco Nazionale della Majella Majella National Park (Italy) www.parcomajella.it Contact person: dr.Mirella De Cecco Piazza Alberto Duval Casa Nanni 67030 Campo di Giove (AQ) Centralino: Tel. 0039.0864.40851 Fax 0039.0864.4085350 e-mail: info@parcomajella.it

MRI The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) is a new multidisciplinary scientific organization that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world.

NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

OEAV Der Alpenverein ist der größte Bergsportverein Österreichs, mit einem sozialen, ökologischen, kulturellen Auftrag und reicher Tradition. Er besitzt 240 Schutzhütten und betreut 40.000 km Wanderwege.

OEAW Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

OU University of Otago, Botany Department

RTCC RTCC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation and an official observer to the UN Climate Change negotiations, that develops information products and channels through which business, government and NGOs can learn more about the threat of climate change/global warming to our environment and formulate the most appropriate response. RTCC is working with the Institute of Ecology and Conservation Biology to communicate the Institute's work on climate change to key decision makers both within the United Nations COP process and the wider world.

SNRC The Sierra Nevada Research Center conducts research in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, an ecoregion of national and international significance. With a full spectrum of research initiatives from long-term, fundamental research to short-term, tactical applications, the Center seeks to support conservation, restoration, and sustainable utilization of lands within the Sierra Nevada ecoregion.

TEMS TEMS, Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring Sites, is an international directory of sites (named T.Sites) and networks that carry out long-term terrestrial monitoring and research activities. The database provides information on the "who, what and where" that can be useful to both the scientific community and policy-makers

UNIMOL Università del Molise Facoltà di Scienze Mat., Fisiche e Naturali

UNIVIE Universität Wien

UNSAC Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco

USGS Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment

UWD Dachorganisation von österreichischen Natur- und Umweltschutzorganisationen

VINCA VINCA is a private research institute, founded in february 2004 by former members of the Institute of Ecology and Conservation Biology of the University of Vienna

WMRS The White Mountain Research Station is a multicampus research unit (MRU) of the University of California Office of Research, with a campus office located at UC San Diego. The station includes a base facility (Owens Valley Lab; elevation 4000') located in high desert near the town of Bishop, as well as three facilities in the White Mountains: a montane station at Crooked Creek (elev. 10,200'), an alpine station at Barcroft (elev. 12,500'), and a remote high alpine lab on the summit of White Mountain Peak (elev. 14,250'). The combination of facilities, geologic exposure, high elevation, winter access, and dry air make the station uniquely valuable for scientific study and educational purposes

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