Based on results of CARBOMONT a series of SOCRATES intensive courses are being carried out in the Alps, the Spanish Pyrenees and the Scottish Highlands. They interrelate different fields of knowledge important for concepts of sustainable mountain development.
The next course will be carried out in the Scottish Highlands and will provide a training on environmental monitoring and decision making modelling. The course will combine field excursions and lectures concerned with the monitoring of various environmental parameters, and the use of data in decision models such as the Limits of Acceptable Change system and Requisite Decision Modelling. On the last day a practical decision conferencing workshop will be organised, where a concept of key indicators of environmental change will be developed for the Cairngorm Mountains. The setting of quality standards by concensus will be elaborated at scales from catchment to national level. The teaching programme will be provided by the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology (CEH) Banchory.
The theme of environmental monitoring will be developed by a series of field visits in the Scottish Highlands demonstrating different management strategies.
Based on field visits a series of lectures on different schemes of environmental monitoring will be we given by the staff of the CEH at the Research Station in Banchory.
Participants will work in groups to identify and prioritise different types of environmental indicators.