We would like to sincerely thank all members of GEO Mountains who submitted a proposal to the GEO Mountains Small Grants Programme 2023. In total, 96 proposals were received, which made the selection process very challenging!

Following independent external assessment, we are delighted to announce the successful projects, which are now underway. They are as follows:

  • Revisiting inter-annual glacier mass balance as a response to the recent climate variability along the Andes region – Principal Investigator: Ruben Basantes (Universidad de Investigación de Tecnología Experimental Yachay)

  • Snow monitoring in the Argentinean and Chilean Andes Cordillera: development of a high spatial and temporal resolution dataset of snow cover area and snow water equivalent based on remote sensing data (HR-SCA-SWE-Andes) – Principal Investigator: Carlo Marin (Eurac Research)

  • Monitoring elevation-dependent warming (EDW) in the northern Andes – Principal Investigator: Enrique Ángel-Sanint (Universidad EIA)

  • QFuego-Patagonia: a comprehensive glacier-related dataset for Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, South America  – Principal Investigator: David Farías-Barahona (University of Concepcion)

  • Supporting Ecosystem Conservation in Kenya’s Mountain regions through Meteorological Data Rescue and Digitization (“SECoMet”) – Principal Investigator: Joyce Kimutai (Kenya Meteorological Department)

  • Monitoring Landscape Changes around Mt Kenya, Concurrent with Invasive Species Mapping using Remote Sensing and Machine Learning Approaches  – Principal Investigator: Robinson Mugo (Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development)

  • CAMON Open Science  – Principal Investigator: Maria Shahgedanova (University of Reading)

  • Generating a high-resolution daily snow reanalysis dataset for Tian-Shan and Pamir mountains (1979 - 2016) – Principal Investigator: Daniel Müller (Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)

  • HiRISK: Curation of risk data for High Mountain Asia  – Principal Investigator: Jakob Steiner (Himalayan University Consortium)

  • AtsMOS: At-scale Model Output Statistics  – Principal Investigator: Tom Matthews (King's College London) 

We wish the very best to each of the project teams as they conduct their work, and very much look forward to helping to share the results of the projects with the community as they come to completion. We are also very grateful to the numerous organisations and institutions who are also contributing to the projects, either via matching funds or in-kind. 

We hope to launch a second round of the scheme in the coming months, and would strongly encourage both re-submissions and new proposals.

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