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Dwindling glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana. Response of western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change: The Western Mountain Initiative
By Nate Stephenson, Dave Peterson, Dan Fagre, Craig Allen, Don McKenzie, Jill Baron, and Kelly O’Brian
Published: 15 Jan 2014 (online)  •  30 Jan 2014 (in print)
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Abstract
  Introduction
Framing the questions
The WMI Network--historical perspective
Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies
Sierra Nevada
Central Rockies
Southern Rockies
Scientific approach
Western mountains in the greenhouse: A sense of urgency
References
About the authors
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Introduction

Mountain ecosystems within our national parks and other protected areas provide valuable goods and services such as clean water, biodiversity conservation, and recreational opportunities, but their potential responses to expected climatic changes are inadequately understood. The Western Mountain Initiative (WMI) is a collaboration of scientists whose research focuses on understanding and predicting responses of western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change. It is a legacy of the Global Change Research Program initiated by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1991 and continued by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to this day as part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (http://www.climatescience.gov/).

“The Western Mountain Initiative is a collaboration of scientists whose research focuses on understanding and predicting responses of western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change.”

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