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GEO Mountains Workshop: Interdisciplinary Monitoring, Data, and Capacity Sharing Across the Andes

20/02/2024 22/02/2024

GEO Mountains Event

Event location

Bogota, Colombia

This event is one of a series of engagements that GEO Mountains is undertaking during 2023 under the Adaptation at Altitude Programme.

The primary aim of the workshop is to provide a platform to bring together data providers and data users from a range of disciplines related to climate change and it’s impacts on environmental, ecological, and social systems across the Andes with a view to ultimately informing effective climate change adaptation solutions.  

Three specific themes are proposed: 

  1. Exploring prospects for supporting ongoing efforts towards the establishment of a regional network or networks of “Mountain Observatories” (MOs), which are multi-disciplinary and multi-method hubs, super-sites, or data rich regions at or across which long-term monitoring is conducted and training activities / student research projects are focused (Shahgedanova et al., 2021), with the resultant observations ideally being shared with the wider community; 
  2. Establishing stronger links, understanding, and exchange of data and capacities between the research community and national hydrometeorological (and other environmental monitoring) agencies and local decision makers;
  3. Identifying opportunities to combine, integrate, or otherwise exploit existing datasets to address key outstanding scientific, practical, or policy-related issues via joint projects, especially related to the incorporation of socio-economic data.

The workshop will take a mixed format, with short invited presentations interspersed with ample opportunity for open discussion in small groups. The workshop will seek to develop a comprehensive overview of what currently exists by way of cross-disciplinary in situ monitoring, which could eventually help refine GEO Mountains’ In Situ Inventory. On the basis of this, it will be possible to identify key gaps (spatial and/or disciplinary). The workshop also seeks to explore opportunities for embedding students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) into ongoing monitoring activities, as well as sharing capacities, equipment, and data between sites. The potential to increase the standardisation of protocols and instrumentation for certain types of measurements across multiple sites may be discussed. 

Expected participants include scientists and practitioners working on in situ monitoring (across multiple disciplines), remote sensing, climate modelling / reanalysis topics (e.g. downscaling and bias correction), climate change impacts modelling (e.g. on hydrology, the cryosphere, and biosphere), climate-related natural hazard and risk quantification, citizen science (across various disciplines), and societal / economic data. If possible, some individuals responsible for the implementation of mitigation / adaptation measures and other decision-makers will also be invited. This broad list reflects the cross-disciplinary / integrated and “multi-method” remit of GEO Mountains.


Tuesday 20th February 

08:30 – 09:00: Arrival & Registration 

09:00 – 09:15: Welcome 

  • Carolina Adler – Executive Director, Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) 
  • Edwin Castellanos – Science Director, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
  • Ghisliane Echeverry – Director, Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales, Colombia (IDEAM) 

09:15 – 09:30: James Thornton, GEO Mountains Coordinator (MRI) – Workshop Objectives, Expectations & Agenda 

09:30 – 09:50: James Thornton, GEO Mountains Coordinator (MRI) – GEO Mountains: Introduction & Recent Activities 

09:50 – 10:10: Mauricio Romero Torres, Science, Technology and Policy Fellow, IAI – An Introduction to the IAI and its activities related to Andean monitoring and data 

10:10 – 10:45: BREAK & GROUP PHOTO 

10:45 – 12:00: Invited flash talks on existing research-oriented mountain observatories / experimental basins / networks (I) (10 mins each, including Q&A) 

  • Bryan Mark, Ohio State University, USA & The Transdisciplinary Andean Research Network (TARN) – Sustaining intercomparable hydroclimate mountain observations with distributed and open access networks in Peru and Nevada 
  • Jan Andt – Universidad de Concepción, Chile & Cold-Blooded Lab 
  • Marcos Andrade – Universidad Mayor de San Andrés – The Highest Global GAW Station of the World: Chacaltaya, Bolivia 
  • Roberto Rondanelli, Universidad de Chile & Centro de Ciencia del Clima y la Resiliencia (CR2), Chile – The Cerro Tres Puntas high elevation site 
  • Fabian Drenkhan, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú – Observatorios y acceso de datos de montaña en el Perú: avances y desafíos 
  • Norma Salinas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú & Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystems Research Group (ABERG) – Cambios ecosistémicos en los Andes-Amazonía: Monitoreo de bosques tropicales a largo plazo 

12:00 – 13:30: LUNCH 

13:30 – 15:15: Invited flash talks on existing research-oriented mountain observatories / experimental basins / networks (II) (10 mins each, including Q&A) 

  • Francisco Cuesta Universidad de Las Américas, Ecuador & GLORIA Andes 
  • J. Sebastián Tello Missouri Botanical Garden, USA & Andean Forest Network 
  • Manuel Peralvo CONDESAN, Ecuador – The Chocó Andino Learning Site 
  • Luis Daniel Llambí, CONDESAN, Venezuela – Monitoring primary succession in glacier retreat areas 
  • Daniel Ruiz-Carrascal, Sistema de Alerta Temprana del valle de Aburrá (SIATA), Colombia – The Poleka Kasué Mountain Observatory 
  • Ana Belén Hurtado Martilletti, Humboldt Institute, Colombia – The Strategy for Integrated Monitoring of High Mountain Ecosystems in Colombia (EMA) 
  • Julieta Carilla, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT) – Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina – Red de Observatorios Socioecológicos Andinos (ROSA) 

15:15 – 15:45: BREAK 

15:45 – 16:45: 

  • Group Discussion I: Towards more coordinated research-oriented monitoring, enhanced data availability, & capacity exchange, including good practices, challenges & opportunities (All

16:45 – 17:15: 

  • Panel Discussion I 

17:15 – 17:20: Summary of the Day & Presentation of the evening’s programme 

Drinks reception 


Wednesday 21st February 

09:00 – 09:05: Welcome & Introduction to Day 2 

09:05 – 09:25: Keynote: Daniel Vila Espigo, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) – Introduction to WMO Regional Association (RA) III and its perspectives on operational mountain monitoring 

09:25 – 09:45: Keynote: Waldo Sven Lavado Casimiro, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Research Board & Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología del Perú (SENAMHI) (Online) – Hydrometeorological data and decisions: activities of the WMO Research Board in RAIII & SENAMHI in Perú 

09:45 – 10:30: Invited flash talks on operational mountain monitoring and associated data sharing infrastructure (10 mins each, including Q&A) 

  • Jorge Luis Ceballos, IDEAM, Colombia 
  • Paula Rodriguez Imazio, Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), Argentina – Operational mountain monitoring and associated data sharing infrastructure in Argentina 
  • Bolívar Caceres, Instituto Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología (INAMHI), Ecuador 
  • Luis Suarez, Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), Perú – The Observatory of Huancayo 

10:30 – 11:00: BREAK 

11:00 – 11:30: Invited flash talks on networked initiatives (10 mins each, including Q&A) 

  • Paola Arias, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia & Leandro Cara, Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Cienc (IANIGLA), Argentina – ANDEX and the Andean Snow Observatory 
  • Angelica Gutierrez – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA – The role of the Regional GEOs to advance decision making through GEOGLOWS 
  • Luis Daniel Llambí, CONDESAN, Venezuela – Adaptation at Altitude in the Andes: Progress & Outlook 

11:30 – 12:45

  • Group Discussion II: Towards enhanced exchange of data and capacities between the research and operational monitoring communities, including good practices, challenges & opportunities (All

12:45 – 14:15: LUNCH 

14:15 – 15:00: 

  • Panel Discussion II 

15:00 – 15:30: BREAK 

15:30 – 16:45: Interactive Activity: Extending the thematic scope of existing observatories and opportunities to enhance involvement of Early Career Researchers / use of observatories for student projects (All

16:45 – 17:00: Summary of the Day & Presentation of the evening’s programme (Workshop Dinner from 18:00 at Niebla Bistró Andino) 


Thursday 22nd February 

08:30 – 08:35: Welcome & Introduction to Day 3 

08:35 – 09:10: Invited flash talks on applications of mountain data and information for decision-making and policy formation (10 mins each, including Q&A) 

  • Diana Espinoza, Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Fenómeno de El Niño (CIIFEN), Ecuador – Community-Based Early Warning Systems as Risk Management Mechanisms: Case Studies from the Andean Region 
  • Carolina Santacruz (International Science Council), Colombia – The International Science Council: Regional presence and work at the global science-policy interface 
  • Lina María Pico Roa, IDEAM, Colombia – Climate services and adaptation capacity in vulnerable rural communities to extreme hydroclimatic events in Cauca Colombia 

09:10 – 10:15: 

  • Plenary Discussion: Identifying potential high impact collaborative, inter/transdisciplinary future projects (All

10:15 – 10:30: Workshop Conclusions & Next Steps 

10:30 – 11:00: Transport to IDEAM HQ (Calle 25 D No. 96 B - 70 Bogotá D.C.) 

11:00 – 12:30: Tour / Visit of IDEAM HQ 

12:30 – 13:15: LUNCH 

13:15 – 13:45: Transport to “El Venado de Oro” (Humboldt Institute, Av Circunvalar #1620, Bogotá, Colombia

13:45 – 16:00: Tour / Visit of “El Venado de Oro” (Humboldt Institute) 

16:00: Return to Hotel Movish 

Workshop ends.

Online participants can still register and will receive directly the Zoom link to participate. The flyer of the workshop can be downloaded here

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