GEO Mountains (formerly known as GEO-GNOME) is an Initiative in the 2020-2022 Work Programme of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

The Initiative is co-led by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) (a Participating Organisation in GEO) and the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). Its Secretariat is hosted at the MRI.

We are currently in the process of establishing an Advisory Committee from the dedicated group of researchers who have helped to guide the Initiative so far. Representatives of GEO Mountains belong to each of the four current GEO Working Groups (Capacity Development, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Data).

During the period 2019-2023, the Initiative is contributing to the Adaptation at Altitude programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which provides crucial financial and practical support. Since its launch, significant resources have been invested into the Initiative by the MRI, the USGS Land Change Science Program, and the ECOPOTENTIAL and NextData projects (which were led by the Department of Earth System Science and Environmental Technologies of the National Research Council of Italy). Many generous in-kind contributions have been made by participants themselves, and small grants have been provided by organisations such as Future Earth and the European Space Agency (ESA). We are extremely grateful for this support. 


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