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MtnClim 2020

September 14, 2020 - September 18, 2020

MtnClim 2020

September 14th - 18th in Gothic, Colorado

SFA project - RMBL (Rocky Mountain Biological Lab), East River Catchment - Crested Butte, Colorado..Earth Sciences Division and their collaborators from the DOE Joint Genome Institute.explore the East River Basin and Rocky Mountain Biology Laboratory (RMBL.org) in Colorado as a field site for studies that would characterize hydrology, geology, mineralogy, microbiology and genomics of the watershed scale response to climate change.  These studies are subsumed under Berkeley Lab's "Microbes to Biomes" initiative and the Sustainable Systems Scientific Focus Area (SFA) 2.0, supported under the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Climate and Environmental Sciences Division...

To the MtnClim community,

 

Given the COVID19 situation, we have been discussing how to proceed with the MtnClim 2020 meeting. At the moment, it is still scheduled for September 14-18 at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic CO. We have a program in place and registration ready to go. We are in a wait-and-see pattern in terms of opening registration and very much hope that the situation improves. We hope to open registration as things improve and will update you towards the end of April, keeping an eye on both short and long-term developments.

We are working closely with RMBL in terms of planning and hope to be able to position MtnClim for long-term success with the health and safety of all foremost in our minds.

We hope you are all healthy and staying sane.

Stay tuned.

 

Andy and Scotty

MtnClim 2018 Bonfire

Science for Decision-Making in Mountain Systems

 

The theme of this year’s MtnClim revolves around natural-resource management and decision making in mountain systems, and asks how researchers and practitioners can work together to develop information relevant to decision making. There will be a dedicated keynote and session addressing this theme as well as a panel discussion with land-use practitioners. The session will highlight examples of the promise and pitfalls of developing decision-relevant science in mountain systems along the continuum from use-inspired to fully co-produced.

The MtnClim research conference is sponsored by the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in the Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT) and dedicated to mountain climate sciences and effects of climate variability on ecosystems, natural resources, and conservation in western North American mountains. MtnClim conferences feature invited and contributed talks, poster sessions, field trips, and working-group sessions.

Key features of the MtnClim Conferences include:

  • Invited oral sessions
  • Three keynote speakers (research and policy themes) on cutting-edge science themes and decision making
  • Early-career scientists’ session
  • Two panel discussions
  • Invited speakers on local issues of relevance
  • Contributed oral and poster sessions
  • Working group discussions
  • Discussion forums on action proposals, including interactions with local agencies
  • Field trips to research and/or management demonstration sites
MtnClim 2018 group

Conference Schedule

 

Sunday, September 13th

3 – 6 pm: Registration for early arrivals

6 – 7 pm: Dinner

 

Monday, September 14th

7 – 8 am: Breakfast

9 – 5 pm: Field trip near RMBL to research and conservation areas

3 – 6 pm: Registration in Billy Barr Community Center

6 – 7 pm: Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Redmond Lecture: Chris Daly

 

Tuesday, September 15th

7 – 7:50 am: Breakfast

8 – 9:30 am: Groundwater in Mountains Session I

9:30 – 9:50 am: Break

9:50 – 10:50 am: Groundwater in Mountains Session II

10:50 – 11:50 am: Changing Cryosphere in Mountain Environments Session

12 – 1 pm: Lunch

1:10 – 3 pm: Contributed Session

3 – 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 – 4:15 pm: Contributed Session

4:15 – 4:30 pm: Break

4:30 – 5:30 pm:

Happy Hour Session- Primers for Mountain Science: The things I wish my collaborators understood

5:30 – 5:50 pm: No-host Happy Hour

6 – 7 pm: Dinner

7:30 – 9:30 pm: Poster Session

 

Wednesday, September 16th

7 – 8 am: Breakfast

8 – 9 am: Keynote Speaker

9 – 10 am: Theme Session- Science for Decision-Making in Mountain Systems

10 – 10:20 am: Break

10:20 – 11 :50 am: Theme Session- Continued

12 – 1 pm: Lunch

1:10 – 3 pm: Workshops/Research Tours

3 – 3:15 pm: Group Photo

3:15 – 4:15 pm: Early career Scientists Chairs- Dan Griffin, Jia Hu (Invited)

4:15 – 4:30 pm: Break

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Early Career Scientists (Invited)- Continued

6 – 7 pm: Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Keynote- Nick Pepin, University of Portsmouth, UK

 

Thursday, September 17th

7 – 7:50 am: Breakfast

8 – 10 am: Global Change and Climate Impacts in Alaska’s Mountains: What happens in the mountains doesn’t stay in the mountains

10 – 10:20 am: Break

10:20 – 11:50 am: Topographic Heterogeneity, Topoclimate, and Biotic Homogenization

12 – 1 pm: Lunch

1:10 – 3 pm: Contributed Session

3 – 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Contributed Session

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Happy Hour Flash Talks!

6 – 7 pm: Dinner

7:15 – 8:15 pm: MtnClim at the Movies

 

Friday, September 18th

7 – 7:50 am: Breakfast

8 – 11:50 pm: Workshops/Breakouts

12 – 1 pm: Lunch

1 pm: MtnClim Adjourns

MtnClim 2018 Session

Session Information

 

The registration web page will have a section for abstract submission. Please submit your abstract when you register.

Presentations at MtnClim are all plenary. Themed sessions are chosen by the session chairs and program committee members. You may submit to one of the themed sessions (descriptions below) or general sessions. If there is not enough space in the program for your oral presentation, you will be offered the option to present a poster.

Abstracts will be accepted through July 2, 2020. If you plan to present (a talk or a poster) have your title, a single paragraph abstract, and author/affiliation list ready before you register.

Posters 2020: Maximum poster size is 36” high x 48” wide.

MtnClim 2018 Poster Session

Science for decision-making in mountain systems

Chairs: Jeremy Littell, Steph Mcafee, and Imtiaz Rangwala

The theme of this year’s MtnClim revolves around natural-resource management and decision making in mountain systems and asks how researchers and practitioners can work together to develop information relevant to decision making. There will be a dedicated keynote and session addressing this theme as well as a panel discussion with land-use practitioners. The session  will highlight examples of the promise and pitfalls of developing decision-relevant science in mountain systems along the continuum from use-inspired to fully co-produced. We welcome submissions from water resources, forest management, and climate adaptation planning and particularly encourage presentations from decision-makers.

 

Groundwater in the mountains: its connection to runoff and ecology 

Chairs: Ian Breckheimer and Charlie Luce

The dynamics of groundwater in the mountains is often neglected when compared to the study of groundwater in the basins supporting major agricultural systems.  Yet, groundwater provides local resilience for water supply and buffers the effects of meteorological drought for many species of plants and fish. In particular settings, groundwater discharging to the surface gives rise to unique, rare, and important ecosystems in the mountains.  What are the linkages between snow, streams, and groundwater, and the plants, fishes, and animals that depend on groundwater’s steadying influence?

 

Topographic heterogeneity, topoclimate, and biotic homogenization 

Chair: Meagan Oldfather

In this session, we look at the many ways topographic heterogeneity shapes climate variation across landscapes, and how it subsequently mediates species responses to current and future climate change. Conserving landscape heterogeneity has been heralded as a strategy for protecting species in the face of changing climate, but will the current climate variation observed, and its effects on species distributions, be consistent in the future? Non-linear responses of climate gradients to warming, such as elevation-dependent warming, may reduce the potential role of topoclimate leading to homogenization of the abiotic and biotic patterns across geographic gradients. 

 

Changing cryosphere in mountain environments: Effects on water resources, hazards, and disturbance

Chair: Erich Peitzsch

This session will explore a wide variety of changes in the cryosphere including snow cover variability, glacier change, and avalanche hazards.

 

Global change and climate impacts in Alaska’s mountains: what happens in the mountains doesn’t stay in the mountains 

Chairs: Jeremy Littell and Steph Mcafee

Alaska is warming at more than twice the global average rate, yet the impacts and challenges in Alaska’s mountain systems often receive less attention than resilience along Alaska’s coasts. However, by mid-century Alaska’s mountain ranges may be the last refugia of cryosphere processes (and related hazards) in the state, and understanding the impacts on and vulnerability of lower elevation communities likely requires better understanding the hydrologic, ecological, and physical changes in the mountain environment. This session spans the range of Alaska’s mountain climate science, from contemporary measurement to future projection and adaptation.

 

Primers for mountain science: The things I wish my collaborators understood 

Chairs: Jessica Lundquist & Scotty Strachan

Working in interdisciplinary teams is a hallmark of the MtnClim community and yet all of us have gaps in our knowledge (except maybe Connie). This session will feature overview talks that explain important touchstone concepts (e.g, “conifers for hydrologists” and “mountain meteorology for biologists”) for interdisciplinary scientists working with steep mountain learning curves.

 

Early Career (Invited)

Chairs: Dan Griffin and Jia Hu 

This session features invited talks by early career scientists working across a range of disciplines.

 

Contributed Talks

Chairs: TBA

General contributions — always the biggest group.

 

Happy Hour Flash Session!

Chair: Scotty Strachan

Submit a flash talk on a fun topic. Plan for ~5 minutes (timed) and no questions asked! Anything goes, make it mountain-related. Example themes: “Tales from the field”, “My thesis in five minutes”, “My next crazy science idea”, and so forth. Have fun, be happy for Happy Hour!

MtnClim Meetings

 

In 2004 an inaugural conference on mountain climate was held at Lake Tahoe. The meeting was attended by a broad cross-section of scientists, agency representatives, and university researchers from across the US and abroad. The quality and diversity of the science discussed at that meeting convinced participants that a biannual meeting should be established that is dedicated to mountain climate sciences and effects of climate variability on ecosystems, natural resources, and conservation in western North American mountains.

Every even-numbered year since that initial meeting has seen a MtnClim conference featuring invited and contributed talks, poster sessions, and working-group sessions on various aspects of mountain climate science including hydrology, ecology, and glaciology. Every MtnClim meeting includes oral and poster presentation featuring keynotes by thought leaders in the field as well as highlighting exceptional early-career scientists, providing forums for resource managers, and integrating undergraduate and graduate students.To encourage discussion and interaction, we have capped attendance at 120 participants, and conferees represent an array of agency and academic backgrounds and disciplinary fields. More information on previous conferences is available here: http://www.cirmount.org/meetings/mtnclim.shtml

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Gothic, Colorado

 

Home to one of the largest annual migrations of field biologists, RMBL provides logistical support for scientists and students, including access to living quarters, research laboratories, and protected research sites. RMBL focuses on the importance of preserving and providing access to historical data about the local ecosystems. As scientists address ever more sophisticated questions about a dynamic world, RMBL is a vital resource for discovering nature’s fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes.

RMBL is located in a former ghost town from Colorado’s silver mining days. We manage over 70 buildings, totaling 45,000 square feet. Since 1928, we have hosted one of the largest annual migrations of field biologists in the world. To learn more about RMBL’s history, please click here.

MtnClim 2018 Bonfire

Conference Dining

 

Meals will be served starting with dinner on Monday, September 14, 2020 and ending with lunch on Friday, September 18, 2020.

  • Dinner is served from 6:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Breakfast is served from 7:00-7:30 am
  • Lunch is served from 12:00-12:30 pm

Meals are served during the first half hour, afterwards participants may go back for seconds. Snacks and drinks will be served during breaks.

Please Note: The Dining Hall offers vegetarian and meat options but does not currently cater to vegans.

 

Lodging

 

You may stay onsite in Gothic at the field station in one of our rustic cabins, or you may choose to stay offsite in nearby Mt. Crested Butte or Crested Butte.

Onsite Housing: RMBL offers housing in Gothic in various type of cabins in the Premium, High-end, Mid-rate, Basic, or Budget range ranging from $75/day to $12.50/day. Please see here for detailed information on Gothic cabins. The assignments will be made first come first serve based on gender and cabin availability and registrants will likely be interspersed in housing with other scientists.

  • Premium cabins are comfortable, have heat and running water (with showers): $75/night = $300 September 14-18
  • High-end cabins are comfortable, have heat, but no water: $44/night = $176 September 14-18
  • Mid-rate cabins have some heat and insulation, and no water: $31/night = $124 September 14-18
  • Basic cabins have limited heat and very limited insulation, no water: $24.50/night = $98 September 14-18
  • Budget cabins have no heat, no insulation, and no water: $12.50/night = $50 September 114-18

Participants should be aware that many of the RMBL facilities, including cabins, and the shower house are rustic. Critters and insects may be in the cabins. Some cabins are poorly insulated, do not have heat, and lack any running water. They also do not have indoor toilets or showers. Outhouses are used for toilet facilities and a common shower house is used for those residents whose cabins do not have water. The water system in terms of quantity could be unreliable, but there is reliable water in the billy barr community center, where the meetings are held. Participants should bring appropriate clothing/shoes for cool and wet conditions. RMBL does have coin-operated front loading washers and dryers available for use.

Participants are responsible for cleaning their own cabin during their stay (no maid or cleaning service) and before departure. A cleaning charge of $45/hour will be billed to the individuals, if cabins are not properly cleaned. RMBL also reserves the right to recover any damages to the cabins.

What to Bring: Participants should bring a very warm sleeping bag (rated to 20 degrees) or equivalent bedding, and pillow, as it can get VERY cold at night in Gothic in September. We are at 9,500 feet and snow is common in September. RMBL typically does not provide blankets or sheets; go to What to Bring to Gothic to learn more. A limited number of linen sets at $55/set can be rented – as some of you have done as part of the registration. A set of linens includes: a fitted sheet, top sheet, blanket(s), bath towel, pillow, and pillow case. You may need to bring an additional sleeping bag/blanket for warmth.

When you register, you may choose to stay an extra night in Gothic the night of Sunday, 9/13/20. The cost ranges from $75/day to $12.50/day in Premium, High-end, Mid-rate, Basic, or Budget cabins. Signing up for an extra night includes dinner and breakfast at the billy barr community center at an additional $28/day. Check in for Early Arrivals is available on Sunday, September 13, 2020 between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm in the board room of the billy barr community center. Dinner is at 6:00 pm.

Off-site Housing: RMBL will assist participants wishing to seek offsite housing in nearby Mt. Crested Butte or Crested Butte. Go here for some options on off-site housing. Participants are responsible for booking their own housing. Mt. Crested Butte is a 3.5-mile drive from Gothic (on a dirt road) and Crested Butte is a 7-mile drive from Gothic.

Due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, registration has been temporarily suspended.

 

Registration & Abstract Submission

 

Registration costs per participant are $345.

This includes four days of meeting costs, buffet style meals, coffee and snacks, a non-refundable registration fee of $26/person, and an overhead fee going to the MtnClim organization to help support student scholarships.

You will submit your abstracts as part of the registration process. If you plan to present (a talk or a poster) have your title, a single paragraph abstract, and author/affiliation list ready before you begin registration.

Please Note-If you need your receipt separated, you can notate this on the form and RMBL staff will follow up with you to split the payment. After submitting the registration, you will be redirected to a payment site, which you can simply leave. Your registration will still be received without payment.

 

Cancellation policy

Registration fees of $26/person will not be returned. 50% of the total fee paid will be returned for cancellations made after September 3, 2018. The paid fee will not be returned for cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled arrival. Fees will not be returned for early departures.

Additional Information

 

Field Day Trip on September 14, 2020: As part of MtnClim 2020 you may sign up for a day-long field trip near RMBL to research and conservation areas. Please click on the field trip option on September 14, 2020 when you register.

You may sign up for a sack lunch on September 14, 2020 for $15.50/person to take with you on this day long field trip. Please purchase a sack lunch that you will prepare the morning of the trip in the billy barr community center after breakfast between 7:30 and 8:00 am. The Dining Hall staff will put out the food and supplies, so that you can create your individualized sack lunch.

 

Student Scholarships: MtnClim offers limited scholarships to defray conference costs. Please contact info@mtnclim.org ASAP with a statement of need prior to registering.

 

No Pets are allowed on campus.

 

RMBL is a smoke-free campus, however, designated smoking areas are available for use.

 

There is Wi-Fi service throughout the townsite, however, there is no cell phone service in Gothic.

 

Check-in is in Gothic on Monday, September 14, 2020 between 3:00-6:00 pm in the board room of the Billy Barr Community Center. We do not recommend that people unfamiliar with the site arrive after dark, please make prior arrangements with RMBL staff, if you are arriving after 6:00 pm. RMBL staff will give a brief orientation to program participants in the beginning of their stay so participants understand policies regarding parking in designated spots, staying on the paths, and the check-out process – check out is by 2:00 pm on the day of departure.

 

Don’t forget to contact RMBL (office@rmbl.org) with any site-specific questions!

Details

Start:
September 14, 2020
End:
September 18, 2020
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Location

Gothic, CO