WMRC GLORIA project


(GLORIA team on Mt. Barcroft 2004)

NEWS .... (July 2010) The GLORIA resurvey team, headed by UCSC student Colin Maher, completed the 5-year resurvey of the three White Mountain carbonate soil sites. Together with the 2009 field week, the team completed the first resurvey of all 7 White Mountain sites. While data analysis is still underway, some changes have already been documented. For example, the buried soil temperature records indicate nearly 1 degree Celsius warming over the 5 year period since 2004 (see graph). In September, Colin traveled to Perth Scotland, and presented results to the international GLORIA community (see pdf of his powerpoint presentation). For more information see 2010 field week page.

(July 2009) Despite incredible thunderstorms during the week, the GLORIA resurvey team completed a 5-year resurvey of four GLORIA peaks: White Mountain Peak (4285 m, 14058 ft), Barcroft Peak (3975 m, 13041 ft), RNA Peak (3722 m, 12211 ft), and a high point on Sagehen Flat (3258 m, 10698 ft).   The GLORIA resurvey consisted of re-locating a series of exact points and quadrats that were first surveyed in 2005.   Both plots and entire summits were resurveyed using the original methodology and then by comparing high quality photographs taken in 2004.  Original data sheets from both the 2004 & 2009 surveys are archived in the Owen’s Valley Lab at White Mountain Research Station and the data is compiled and stored with the international GLORIA database in Austria.   For more information, including tips on how to do GLORIA resurveys, a photo gallery, lists of participants and projects, etc., see the 2009 field week web pages.

(July 2008) The fifth annual GLORIA field week included the replacement of "tidbit" temperature loggers on the 2004 summits, as well as further downslope sampling from surveyed summits. Other projects included the Bristlecone Pine demography study, the Plant Recruitment Across Ecotones and Microclimate Study, the Meadow Insect Survey, and the Annual Butterfly count.

(July 2007) The fourth annual GLORIA field week was held at Crooked Creek Station in late July. Nearly 40 investigators and volunteers participated in 8 different projects, with many people helping out with more than one project. One highlight was the presence of Harold Pauli, one of the founders of the international GLORIA project. Hari not only attended the field week but was a full participant in the GLORIA sampling. He was able to see first hand the ways in which our WMRS-GLORIA team are enhancing and extending the basic GLORIA protocol to give greater insight into the processes of vegetation and faunal change. This included new techniques for downslope surveys from the GLORIA summits. Another highlight was the Tuesday night get-together, during which Tom Harlan (University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research) gave a presentation on the history of Bristlecone Pine research in the White Mountains. After Tom's presentation, each member of the audience also gave a short summary of their work at GLORIA field week. Michael Furniss, a videographer from UC Davis, also attended the meeting and made interviews and other footage for webcasting. Overall, this years GLORIA field week was judged a complete success and all are looking forward to next summer's event. See field week 2007 web page for more details.

(May 2007) The May 2007 GLORIA planning workshop was held at WMRS on May 21, 2007. We heard about 8 speakers present results and we discussed plans for summer 2007 GLORIA field week. Please note that Harald Pauli of the University of Vienna, one of the founders of the International GLORIA project, is planning to join us this summer at Crooked Creek. We also created a steering committee for hosting a symposium in Bishop next spring. The theme will relate to ecosystem impacts and policy/management implications of climate change in the white mountain - eastern sierra region.

TV news segments with John Smiley and Linah Ababneh, aired November 8, 2006, entitled "Extreme Science in the High Sierra" and "Living Laboratory for Climate Change."

LA Times Article "White Mountain Researchers Take the High Road to Knowledge"! See web version, or scanned version to see great photos!

SF Chronicle Article about GLORIA 2006 field week!
article text


What is WMRC-GLORIA?: The GLORIA project (Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments, established in 2001) is an international research effort based in Austria to monitor the effects of climate change on high peaks above timberline all over the world. The White Mountain Research Station joined the GLORIA project in 2004. In collaboration with the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station and CIRMOUNT (Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains), WMRC assembled a team of scientists who came to WMRS during the weeks of August 13-20, 2004 and August 12-20, 2005. This team established 7 long-term monitoring sites on summits in the White Mountains, following the GLORIA protocols and submitting the baseline data to GLORIA International. During this process many scientists expressed interested in expanding the project to include other kinds of sampling and other aspects of climate change. To facilitate this, WMRS sponsored a "GLORIA field week" in August 12-20, 2005, inviting scientists to assemble and collaborate on GLORIA-related projects. This trial gathering generated further interest in the scientific community, and in May 2006 a group of 16 scientists gathered to plan the future of WMRC-GLORIA. The main outcome of that meeting was a commitment by WMRC to establish a "GLORIA Master Station" which will be known as "WMRC-GLORIA."

What is its purpose? The principle focus of WMRC-GLORIA is to support research on the effects of climate change on high elevation environments (> 2500m) and ecosystems in the White Mountains and nearby mountains, with an emphasis on long term observations across elevation gradients. Also supported are projects which help to understand or interpret WMRC-GLORIA monitoring results, or which may provide well-documented baselines for future re-survey. Among the hypotheses investigated are predictions that species and other phenomena (such as geomorphic features) will move upwards in elevation in response to climate change, while some may move downward into cold canyons, and others may change slope or aspect.

What is GLORIA field week? Every summer WMRC-GLORIA the annual GLORIA field week in late July at the Crooked Creek field station. The field week includes several distinct sampling protocols and about 20 investigators and volunteers. Most people will gather on Sunday afternoon at Crooked Creek to plan the following days' activities. Some projects welcome volunteers and in general cross-support between projects and investigators is encouraged. There will be meetings Tuesday night and Thursday night after dinner, during which each research team will present an update for discussion purposes. All investigators will be strongly encouraged to complete documentation of their sampling by the end of the week, or to have a firm plan in place for completion.

How will GLORIA survey information be saved for the future? WMRC will archive data sets at the WMRS computer center. All WMRC-GLORIA participants are expected to closely follow WMRS data sharing policies. In addition, each participant must have a firm plan for archiving data sets and collections of voucher specimens, at WMRS or some other stable repository. WMRC-GLORIA is committed to a long-term time line for monitoring and re-surveying transects and study plots. See "time line" for details.


Associated Projects Links:
CIRMOUNT
White Mountain Butterfly Count
Grinnell Resurvey Project