The interactive atlas of the IPCC will allow observing the impacts of climate change by region
On August 9, the sixth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published, where experts announced that the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented and are closely linked to the human activity. It also highlighted that the climate crisis is already affecting different regions of the world through different combinations of extreme events, such as heat waves, heavy rains, drought, ice loss, etc. The forecast is that these changes will be generalized from the 2 ºC increase in the global average temperature.
That same day, the test version of the Interactive Atlas of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was also presented. Now, after two months, show the final version, which has been corrected and updated with the data of the Summary for Policymakers.
The changes observed in the climate are unprecedented and are closely linked to human activity
The presentation of the tool was attended by the Vice President and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge Teresa Ribera and the Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, the president of the CSIC, Rosa Menendez, and the vice-rector for Research and Scientific Policy of the University of Cantabria, Luigi Dell’Olio. The president of the IPCC, Hoesung Lee, and the Secretary General of the IPCC, Abdalah Mokssit.
“It is necessary to have a good knowledge base to make complex decisions. So this is an extraordinarily powerful tool. The interactive atlas allows a better understanding of the analysis of the impacts of climate change, making the different plausible scenarios visible, and thus making the best decisions and minimizing risks and costs. In addition, it allows us to increase the sensitivity and knowledge of all citizens so that they understand the measures that have to be taken to face the climate emergency ”, the vice president said this morning.
A powerful strategic tool
The IPCC Interactive Atlas, developed by researchers from the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the technology-based company Predictia, provides access to regional information and analyzes the main results of the report to help implement future policies in climate change.
This platform, of free access and on line, allows anyone to observe the effects of climate change in different areas of the planet, as well as the different predicted scenarios as emissions of greenhouse gases.
This tool, freely accessible and online, allows anyone to observe the effects of climate change in different areas of the planet
This atlas has meant a “qualitative leap” in Spain’s participation in the IPCC, becoming the fourth data distribution center, together with the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, in charge of its maintenance and updating, according to Ribera.
The interactive atlas includes two components: the regional information (providing access to climate change data from the main sets of figures used in the report), and the regional synthesis (which summarizes and synthesizes the main results of the report on the regional assessment of climate change for different types of phenomena: heat, droughts, sea level …).
All this means that this instrument, whose development has been led by Jose Manuel Gutierrez, researcher at the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA), a mixed center of the CSIC and the University of cantabria, and which has had the participation of 20 researchers and technicians from IFCA and Predictia, not only support the chapters of the report, but also the summary for policy makers.
To do this, divide the planet into 46 terrestrial and 12 oceanic zones, and establishes the foreseeable progression until the year 2100 for different atmospheric phenomena such as ─mean, maximum and minimum─ temperatures, rainfall, snowfall or winds; it also includes other variables such as the evolution of the surface temperature and the rise in sea level.
Science, essential to combat the climate crisis
The Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, has also highlighted that “global warming is scientific evidence and that, thanks to science, we can anticipate and provide responses that allow us to minimize the impacts of climate change.” According to Morant, “the climate crisis is humanity’s great challenge.”
Thanks to science, we can anticipate and provide answers that allow us to minimize the impacts of climate change
Diana Morant, Minister of Science and Innovation
The minister has announced the specific call for R + D + i projects to be launched next November, endowed with 296 million euros; the second call against emissions that will have a budget of more than 142 million euros and the participation of Spain in the program Copernicus of satellites for Earth observation, the efficacy of which he has said is being demonstrated in the eruption of the La Palma volcano.
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