While Canada has considerable expertise in mountain systems research, at present it is not coordinated, research collaborations are limited, non-academics are not consistently involved in its prioritization, design, and implementation, and there exist substantial hurdles to its uptake. Furthermore, Indigenous knowledge and research approaches and methodologies have historically been devalued and constrained in an institutional context dominated by Western research approaches. For these reasons,
our capacity to comprehensively observe, study, forecast, and adapt to rapid changing mountain systems remains limited.

Combined with contributions from diverse partner organizations, the Canadian Mountain Network’s funding from the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program (April 2019 – March 2024) represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to position Canada as a global leader in mountain systems research at a time when Canada’s mountain systems are undergoing rapid and uncertain change.




Network Research Projects