Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:
Global warming will have profound impacts on mountain ecosystems, @bberwyn photo.
Scientists say there’s an urgent need for more widespread data collection and observations from high elevations
FRISCO — After one of the mildest winters on record in the Colorado high country, it may come as no surprise to hear that the world’s highest mountains may be warming much faster than than the global average — and faster than previously thought.
Most of all, an international team of scientists said this week that more monitoring and observations of mountain temperature patterns are needed to assess the high-elevation changes.
Absent that data, there’s a risk of underestimating looming environmental challenges, including water shortages and the possible extinction of some alpine flora and fauna, the scientists reported in their new study.
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