Mountains and alpine environments have long been a refuge for mammals, so what happens when there’s increased human access and development in this terrain? By following remote wilderness cameras, scientists have been able to track animals to see how they’ve been adapting to the change. In this article from Jason T. Fisher and Alina C. Fisher highlight grizzly and wolverines as well as considerations for future developments.Read More
Between the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, over 9.2 million visitors found themselves at one of Parks Canada’s seven mountain parks - that’s a lot! With increasing tourism and operations surrounding the industry, how do we keep up with the traffic while maintaining positive impact? In this article from Elizabeth Halpenny, she suggests that sustainability in the industry and on our mountains relies on tourist-operator collaboration in educating and providing opportunities for change.Read More
Kluane First Nation (KFN) citizen Tosh Southwick and KFN staff member Kate Ballegooyen write from the viewpoint of an indigenous community in the face of climate change. They speak about the necessary need in their community to change and adapt as crossings melt and water levels lower, and the vital partnership that should exist when future decisions and policies on climate change are made to Traditional Territory.Read More
The ACC has committed to publishing the State of the Mountains Report annually, with the 2019 edition set to drop next week. As we look forward to the next edition, we’re reflecting back on the 2018 report with a look at the opening essay by editors Lael Parrott, Zac Robinson and David Hik about how mountains matter to us all.Read More
While climate change is on the radar for most us, mountain communities will be among the first to feel challenged by its affects. In this article, Kevin Hanna writes about how mountain people are at the gates of climate change and how resilience and adaptation will be necessary to understand the risks and actions required to maintain a successful community.Read More
Early surveying efforts in Canada has provided us with a large database of high-quality images, dating back as far as 1861. The Mountain Legacy Project (MLP), based at the University of Victoria in the School of Environmental Studies, has been using these images to explore change in Canada’s mountain landscapes. By accessing and comparing old images to new, the MLP is able to document and display changes in our landscape, from glaciers, treelines, vegetation encroachment to wildfire habits.Read More
How do we observe and analyze the change to our glaciers, and why are these changes important to us and our alpine environment?
Mike Demuth shows us trends and glacial recession that are hallmarks of climate change and what we can expect for the future.Read More
What does climate change have to do with treelines shifting to higher and higher altitudes? And what does this mean for animal species relying on alpine ecosystems?
This piece from Carissa D. Brown explores our diverse treelines across Canada - what keeps them alive in certain locations and what facilitates, slows down or prevents their expansion.Read More
With an increase in winter backcountry use, how do we help to reduce the risk of avalanche fatalities?
This article by Pascal Haegeli reviews our current knowledge base on avalanches and the blending of social sciences to help develop models for risk management.Read More
Years of scientific data on greenhouse gas emissions allow us to accurately predict changes in temperature over several decades, including best- and worst-case scenarios. The numbers show that, if we continue on our current trend, it could spell trouble for Western Canada’s ski resorts, especially the coastal ones.Read More
Joanna Croston, Programming Director for the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, provides a snapshot of the state of mountain literature, film and digital media in English Canada.Read More
Martin Sharp and Alison Criscitiello from the University of Alberta provide us with a history on Canadian core sampling efforts, an introduction to CICA's goals and facilities, and their ongoing projects.Read More
Outside of the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, Canada has more glacier cover than any other nation — some 200,000 square kilometres. Professor Mike Demuth describes some of the seasonal and annual mass changes that are a direct result of weather and climate.Read More
About 60 species of birds call the mountains of Canada home at some point throughout the year. Learn about some of the challenges and opportunities that the mountains offer as a home base for some of the world’s hardiest and best-adapted bird species.Read More
Marco Festa-Bianchet, Professor of Biology at the University of Sherbrooke, highlights the challenges in conservation of Canada's iconic mountain ungulate species.Read More
Learn the basics about the threats facing diversity and the unique dynamics of Western Canada's high-elevation forests.Read More