Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT)
The Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to understanding climates and ecosystems of western North American mountains. CIRMOUNT's goal is to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines and institutions to monitor and understand climate-driven changes in the western mountains, and to respond to the needs and challenges of western society for mountain resources imposed by climate change. CIRMOUNT is sponsored by a diverse group of agencies, universities, and institutions, and is endorsed as a pilot project of the International Mountain Research Initiative.
Current CIRMOUNT projects include:
- North American GLORIA (Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments) promotes coordinated and integrated monitoring on mountain summits of alpine plant response to climate change using the international GLORIA protocol and additional research approaches.
- North American Treeline Network (NATN) brings together scientists and resource managers interested in treeline ecotones of mountain regions in North America to catalyze integrated research across disciplines, scales, and methodologies and to promote understanding of past and present treeline dynamics.
"MtnClim 2014," CIRMOUNT's 7th biennial climate conference, will convene September 15-18, 2014 at the Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah. The venue is located in the heart of the Wasatch Range, about an hour from the Salt Lake City International Airport.
CIRMOUNT produces a biannual newsletter, 'Mountain Views.' The Autumn 2012 issue is the most recent available.