Global conference in Nevada focuses on mountains

RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 170 scientists from around the world gathered in Reno for what organizers billed as a first-of-its-kind conference to discuss global monitoring systems for mountain environments.

The four-day gathering, which ended this weekend after being hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno, also drew sociologists, political scientists, economists and anthropologists.

Organizers say the conference not only focused on hydrology, climatology and ecology, but sought to make the connection between the environment, land use, and social impacts and changes in mountain environments.

Organizers say their goal was to move toward a more comprehensive global mountain observation network by strengthening ties between existing observation systems.

Scientists from Africa, Asia, Europe, South Africa and the United States attended.

The conference was organized by the Mountain Research Initiative at the Institute of Geography in Bern, Switzerland, in partnership with UNR.