Regional Network CIRMOUNT, GLORIA Chapter
CIRMOUNT's goal is to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines and institutions to measure and understand climate-driven changes in the unique landscapes that define western North American mountains, and to respond to the needs and challenges of western society for mountain resources imposed by climate change. CIRMOUNT is sponsored by a diverse group of agencies, universities, and institutions, and is endorsed as a pilot project of the International Mountain Research Initiative. The primary goal of the CIRMOUNT Work Group is to establish a North American GLORIA Chapter and:
1. Promote coordinated and integrated monitoring of alpine floral response to climate change in western North American mountains using the GLORIA multi-summit Target Region approach.
2. Promote research on other aspects of alpine ecology beyond those in the standard GLORIA approach, including additional floral diversity assessments, animal ecology, carbon issues, substrate relationships, etc.
With the completion of the first target regions in the United States (Glacier National Park, MT; Sierra Nevada, CA; and White Mountains, CA), CIRMOUNT proposes a North American GLORIA Chapter.