Australian Institute of Alpine Studies

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No. 1 Feburary 1998

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Conferences

Conference Abstracts

Internet

Mountain Matters

Books & Journals

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Conferences

Results of the International Workshop on Dynamics of Land-Use/Land-Cover Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya workshop are available on the world wide web at http://www.arl.arizona.edu/ispe/lucc_hkh.html. The participant bibliography is also available in the Mountain Forum's on-line library.

Mountain Meet '98: International Symposium on Environmental Management in Mountainous Regions October 4-7, 1998 Rishikesh, Dehradun, India. This is being organised by the Department of Botany, Government Post Graduate Collage, Rishikesh, India. Contact: Dr. Aravind Ku, Organising Secretary, Department of Botany, Government Post Graduate College, Rishikesh 249210, India, TEL 0135 430495

The Australian Alps Liaison Committee conference on Global Threats to the Australian Snow Country was held on February 17-19 at Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains. A report on the conference will be presented in the next newsletter. Abstracts from the conference are presented here.

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Conference Abstracts: Global Threats to the Australian Snow Country

Tristan Armstrong, IMPACTS OF HABITAT CHANGE ON ALPINE RANUNCULUS SPECIES: EXTINCTION THROUGH HYBRIDIZATION.

J.C.G. Banks and D.W.K. Smith, THE POTENTIAL FOR SNOW GUM TO RESPOND TO CHANGING PRECIPITATION REGIMES.

Prof. Martin Beniston, IMPACTS OF CLIMATIC CHANGE ON MOUNTAIN REGIONS: A SUMMARY OF THE IPCC SECOND ASSESSMENT REPORT.

Raymond Brereton, THE POTENTIAL EFFECT OF THE ENHANCED GREENHOUSE CLIMATE CHANGE ON SELECTED FLORA AND FAUNA OF THE HIGH COUNTRY OF MAINLAND AUSTRALIA.

S. Broomhall, THE IMPLICATIONS OF OZONE DEPLETION ON THE FAUNA OF THE AUSTRALIAN ALPS.

Clem Davis, METEOROLOGICAL ASPECTS OF SNOW.

JJG Egerton, A Gibson, JCG Banks, RB Cunningham and MC Ball, WINTER SHADE INCREASES SNOW GUM GROWTH.

Robert W. Galloway, EFFECTS OF SNOW ON THE LANDSCAPE.

Tony Garr and Phil Boreham, SNOW SAMPLING AND OPERATIONAL APPLICATIONS FOR THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS HYDRO-ELECTRIC AUTHORITY.

David R. Given and Keith Morrison, ECOLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL ASPECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING IN NEW ZEALAND.

Roger Good, THE IMPACTS OF PREDICTED CHANGES IN SNOW REGIMES ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF ALPINE VEGETATION.

Ken Green, SNOW AS A DEFINING CHARACTER OF THE ALPINE/SUBALPINE FAUNA.

C. Holly, and M.C. Ball, SLEEPING IN COULD BE A GOOD THING.

Stuart Johnston, THE POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING ON ALPINE SOILS IN AUSTRALIA.

Urs König, CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE AUSTRALIAN SKI INDUSTRY.

Dr. Harvey J. Marchant, LIFE IN THE SNOW: ALGAE AND OTHER MICROORGANISMS.

Osborne, Maxine Davis, David Hunter and Gregory Hollis, LONG-TERM VARIABILITY IN TEMPERATURE, PRECIPITATION, AND SNOW COVER IN THE AUSTRALIAN ALPS: IS THERE A LINK WITH DECLINES OF ALPINE FROGS?

Dr. Catherine Pickering, REPRODUCTIVE ECOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN ALPINE  PLANTS.

Dr. Catherine Pickering, INTERNATIONAL TUNDRA EXPERIMENT.

Dr. Martine Rebetez, THE NORTH ATLANTIC OSCILLATION AND ITS LINKS TO SNOW COVER AND DURATION IN THE SWISS ALPS.

C.E. Tweedie and Dr. D.M. Bergstrom, PREDICTING THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE TERRESTRIAL VASCULAR VEGETATION OF SUBANTARCTIC MACQUARIE ISLAND.

Michelle Walter and Linda Broome, SNOW AS A FACTOR IN ANIMAL HIBERNATION AND DORMANCY.

Ian F. Wardlaw, PLANT ACTIVITY BENEATH THE SNOW.

Joseph A. Warburton, FOUR DECADES OF SNOWFALL EXPERIENCE FROM SNOWPACK AUGMENTATION STUDIES IN THE AUSTRALIAN ALPS AND THE SIERRA NEVADA OF SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES.

Peter Whetton,  CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON THE SPATIAL EXTENT OF SNOW COVER IN THE AUSTRALIAN ALPS.

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Internet

Anyone wishing to subscribe (free!) to the Mountain Forum is advised to contact the Mountain Forum Moderator at mfmod@mtnforum.org. You will receive updates from the mountain network about what is happening around the world.

Currently the Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) Bulletin, Volume 2, Number 2 is posted to the World Wide Web. The short-cut access URL to the APMN Bulletin is http://menris1.icimod.org.np/intranet/icimod/Main.htm.

Abstracts from papers in the journal "Mountain Research and Development" can be found on the Internet at: http://www-ucpress.berkeley.edu/journals.

Information pertaining to the Workshop on biomass burning and its inter-relationships with the climate system, including the Preliminary Program which will be compiled by mid-March 1998, will appear on the Internet Home Page of the Institute of Geography of University of Fribourg (http://www.unifr.ch/iguf/), under the "EVENTS" section (or directly accessing the appropriate page with: http://www.unifr.ch/iguf/EVENTS/wengen98.html).

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Mountain Matters

Australia’s highest mountain Mawson Peak 2745m has been listed on the World Heritage as a result of the listing of Heard Island in December 1997.

In another viewpoint on the Mt. Kosciusko/Kosciuszko debate it is interesting to note that according to Dr Josephine Flood Charles Spencer considered that Targan-gil (Mountain in the clouds) was the original name applied to our highest mainland mountain.

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Books & Journals

The journals "Mountain Research and development" and "Arctic and Alpine Research" are currently being subscribed to by the Heritage Unit in the Snowy Mountains Region, who have editions for 1996 and 1997.

A special issue of the journal "Climatic Change" is currently in preparation with selected papers from a meeting in September 11-16, 1995 on Climatic Change at High Elevation Sites.

Books recently to hand but not yet entered on the Snowy Mountains Library include:
Martin Beniston (ed) Mountain Environments in changing climates.
Leather, S.R., Walters, K.F.A. and Bale, J.S. The Ecology of Insect Overwintering.
Ken Green (ed) Snow: A natural history, an uncertain future. (see contents).

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