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Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains 2015

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Mar 6, 2015 08:00 EST - May 18, 2015 12:00 EDT
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May 18, 2015 12:00 EDT - Jun 1, 2015 12:00 EDT
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Jun 1, 2015 12:00 EDT - Jun 1, 2015 12:00 EDT
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Jun 19, 2015 12:00 EDT - Jun 19, 2015 12:00 EDT
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Jul 2, 2015 12:00 EDT - Aug 3, 2015 12:00 EDT
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Aug 3, 2015 12:00 EDT - Sep 13, 2015 08:00 EDT
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Sep 13, 2015 08:00 EDT
How can traditional ecological calendars used to guide agricultural activity link to climate science so as to anticipate climate change in the Pamir Mountains?

In the Pamir Mountains, which span the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, small-scale farmers and herders are key food producers. Traditionally, they have used calendars based on historical climate cues, such as first budding of a plant or the last day of snow cover, to anticipate weather patterns and coordinate planting and harvesting with seasonal cycles. These ecological calendars vary from valley to valley because they are well-tuned to small-scale elevation and geographic differences. As a result of colonialism and conflict throughout the twentieth century, ecological calendars fell out of use.

The goal of this contest is to find ways to use both traditional and scientific knowledge to adapt the calendars and anticipate the effects of climate change. Relevant data can include, but are not limited to: satellite data, snow and ice observations, historical records, climate model output, stories, and local observations. The climate events that Pamiris need to prepare for have a wide range of time frames and may relate to: changes in the mean climate (long-term adaptation), year-to-year variability (short-term adaptation), and extreme events (response to individual events such as flooding, late spring freezes, droughts).

16 Proposals
Traditional knowledge, participatory science, and modern data analytics to create climate-smart, farm-scale agricultural body calendars
Prepare for climate change and apply regional drought information in the Pamirs by linking climate science with human ecological calendars
Anticipate and adapt to changing phenological patterns in the Pamir Mtns through the use of historical and contemporary biodiversity data
Adapting agriculture to changing and increasingly variable conditions requires engaging multiple generations in locally-focused learning.
Integrating traditional bio-indicators of the body calendar with GIS techniques offers farmers a CC-adaptive weather forecasting aid
Campaign awareness with agricultural tips
The Pamir Mountain Region can enjoy a number of benefits from establishing a network of low cost metrological kite/tether stations.
Is the phenomena known as the Calendar of the Body a form of ideasthesia? And, if so, is there a biogeochemical basis which can be enhanced?
Invoke agricultural foresight using cultural consensus, symbolic tools, and POV stories to link local insights w/downscaled climate trends.
Climate co-knowledge generation between communities, ag services and Tajik Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience
"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems under 5 years."
Version 2.0. Message to all competitors & readers . DEAR JUDGES, PEOPLE NEED 2 KNOW THIS ISSUE
A SMS service for Farmers that connects and informs them about natural events and seasonal cycles, that gives their calendar a meaning
Reach out to Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical
What if we taught body calendars via a board or video game? The game would challenge people to plant and harvest at the right times.
What if we taught body calendars via a board or video game? The game would challenge people to plant and harvest at the right times.