don't just climb mountains, monitor them!
Mountain Watch is a citizen science program engaging hikers in hands-on monitoring of air quality and climate change. Through activities along the trail and at AMC high huts, we provide opportunities to learn about air pollution impacts to visibility, climate trends in the mountains, and the impacts of recent climate change to alpine flowering times and other seasonal biological events.
Plants in cold limited ecosystems, such as alpine and other mountain environments, may act as sensitive bioindicators of climate change.Scientists are paying particular attention to alpine and arctic ecosystems around the world. Although alpine areas in the Northeast are rare, they are economically, socially and spiritually a distinct part of the Northeast mountains. AMC scientists are compiling data on alpine ecosystems response to climate changes and are looking for dedicated volunteers to help. Contact our staff to see how you can get involved by emailing us at AMCMtnWatch@outdoors.org.
AMC's Mountain Watch is sharing its findings with A.T. Seasons. In partnership with the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the National Phenology Network (NPN), we have launched an Appalachian Trail-wide monitoring program and you can join! Bring your knowledge of plants and love for the Appalachian Trail to A.T. Seasons trainings and contribute to this ever growing trail-side data set! Learn more at www.usanpn.org/appalachian
Poor air quality in the Eastern US directly affects hikers and others who recreate outdoors. Haze pollution, comprised of small particles, diminishes scenic views and can negatively affect respiratory and cardiovascular health. By participating in the AMC's Mountain Watch View Guides program at our 4 high huts (Madison, Lakes, Galehead, and Greenleaf), your observations become an important part of understanding how haze pollution affects mountain views and the recreational experience. Providing your opinion of whether visibility on the day of your hike was "acceptable" or "unacceptable" will provide resource managers with information on the value of clear views to the hiking public. Be sure to ask for your View Guide the next time you visit one of these four huts.