Working Groups & Products

The following Working Groups formed at the Gothic meeting. Contact the group coordinators to get involved, or join the conversation in the comments section of News Items (we’ll continue to post more information as it becomes available):

  1. Experiments
  2. Gradients
  3. Ecosystem Processes
  4. Biodiversity Protocols
  5. Art and Mountain Observatories
  6. Social variables
  7. Station siting and data standards
  8. Time-series data trial
  10. Paleo-Climate

When completed, products of these Working Groups will comprise a Virtual Binder of Protocols (VBP) for mountain observatories.

Guidelines for Group Leaders

For developing content in your group with maximum flexibility, privacy and control, we recommend you use free, open source, online tools like Trello or Twoodo (project development), PBWorks (project development and wiki), Dropbox (file sharing), Google Docs (shared document editing), Blogger (project blogs), Github (collaborative software development), Slack (organized chats), Skype (IM or video calls), Google Hangout (video conferencing for dozens of people), (free conferencing with recording and persistent dial-in codes), Flickr (1-TB of free photo hosting), Slideboom (sharing PowerPoint presentations), etc.

We will gladly post links to these off-site projects, or other completed materials, to your Working Group page (see above). Send them on! We can also start a News Item for you, if you’d like to take advantage of the comments function for discussions.

Related GNOMO visioning exercises from the Gothic meeting included these Post-it Note results (more notes and graphics here):

The Gothic workshop resulted in a GNOMO Mission Statement, and a Vision effort.

Teams of researchers, covering the range of pertinent disciplines, work together in a finite number of sites representative of the diversity of mountain regions around the world to develop their understanding of the current structure and function as well as the longer-term evolution, of mountain social-ecological systems using protocols that support comparative analysis, at a detail sufficient to support forecasts of likely outcome, given sufficiently defined boundary conditions, and in ways that engage a wide range of actors and contribute significantly to public and private decision-making.