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Presentation made by Giacomo Luciani, EURAC
According to the GLOCHAMORE strategy (2005), which is a joint project of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), UNESCO/MAB
and IHP, and the EU Framework Programme 6 the ten most pressing issues which need research and monitoring are:
- Land Use Change
- The Cryosphere
- Water Systems
- Ecosystem Function and Services
- Mountain Economies
- Society and Global Change
But how to set-up a proper monitoring approach for hot topics like land-use change to “review” mountain regions?
First, we have to understand the Requirements, which might be defined by users like regional or national authorities or trans-national authorities or even by the research community.
Second, we have to select appropriate measures for monitoring. Today, we have a huge range of techniques such as
field work (including natural and social science surveys),
remote sensing and satellite data intepretation, which provides an up-to-date and area wide overwiew,
modelling, which allows us to look into the unknown and to project future developments,
Database surveys, like analysing statistical data or even face-to-face expert interview.
But colleting data and analyisng data is not enough. In the end data need to be integrated, interpreted and assessed with respect to the objectives set for the monitoring task.
EURAC is working in all scales, from pilot scale to mountain ranges.