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Inter- and transdisciplinary mountain data across the Andes: Identifying user requirements and access preferences

12/10/2021 16:00 18:30

GEO Mountains Event

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The discoverability, accessibility, and usability of a wide range of environmental and socio-economic data are crucial prerequisites to both the advancement of science and a range of more practical applications related to sustainable development, climate change adaptation, and natural hazard mitigation in the world’s mountainous regions. 
By drawing upon the contributions of regional experts including research scientists, practitioners, local and regional authorities, and other stakeholders, and acknowledging all previous and ongoing efforts and initiatives in the region, this workshop will seek to develop a broad, interdisciplinary, and systematic understanding of the current “data situation” across a range of relevant disciplines in the Andean region. It will be co-convened by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), GEO Mountains, and CONDESAN under the umbrella of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s Adaptation at Altitude Programme. 
Following two introductory presentations, the principal objective of the workshop will be addressed initially via open discussion. The following questions are of particular interest: i) what requirements do users of mountain data have with respect to online database(s)/portal(s) through which mountain data is made searchable and downloadable?, ii) which organizations and institutions are major providers of relevant data in the region?, iii) what disciplines / regions currently benefit from a good or satisfactory coverage and availability of data (i.e. examples of good practice)? and iv) what are the major gaps in terms of data discoverability, accessibility, and usability that are currently experienced by data users? 
Thereafter, attendees will be invited to complete a survey to allow information to be captured in a more systematic fashion. Since this workshop is one of a series that GEO Mountains are conducting across the world’s mountains in conjunction with regional partners, the survey element specifically intends to ensure that comparisons can be made between these regions. This should ultimately enable us to target our subsequent efforts to improve the situation most appropriately, i.e. by focussing on disciplines / regions where critical information is most lacking. 
More generally, it is hoped that through this dialogue, crucial data-dependent applications and efforts will be identified and strengthened. For instance, we hope to expand our data and resource inventories (currently under development) with contributions from the region and identify opportunities collaborations and exchanges that support the overlapping objectives of local stakeholders, the MRI, GEO Mountains, and CONDESAN.

Date: 12 October 2021 | Time: 16:00-18:30 CEST | Location: Online 

1. Introduction to GEO Mountains – James Thornton 
2. A regional perspective / setting the scene – Luis Daniel Llambí (or other CONDESAN representative)
3. Other GEO guests, partners and stakeholders – tbc
4. Brief demonstration of GEO Mountains’ in situ and general inventories
 – James Thornton
5. Discussion of the questions – All
6. Data needs survey – All 

Please complete the registration form below before 11 October 2021. Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom webinar link and passcode automatically. You will also receive the link again prior to the workshop.

For any questions, please contact james.thornton@unibe.ch.

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