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Climate change clearinghouse in México

National Autonomous University of México

The Programme Coordinator, Dr. Carlos Gay
The Programme Coordinator
Dr. Carlos Gay

The last year of academic scandal means correct information has become more important than ever in informing decisions over action on climate change. The Climate Change Research Programme (PINCC-UNAM), of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of México), discusses plans for a clearinghouse of the information regarding all aspects of climate change in México.

This clearinghouse, hosted on their website will include reports, papers, methodological documents, databases of physical and socioeconomic variables, as well as a directory of experts in the different research lines, among other useful resources.

The programme coordinates a body of experts in climate, geophysics, biology, economics, chemistry, law, anthropology, political and social sciences, medicine, engineering, ecology, communication, mathematics and statistics, marine sciences and geography. Researchers have wide experience leading projects and cooperating with a range of national and international academic institutions, governments, and private sector.

It is supported by the academic faculty whose multidisciplinary efforts span almost every aspect of mitigation, vulnerability, impact and adaptation to climate change. The university is the leading research institution in Ibero-America. It contributed significantly to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report; of the 16 Mexican authors participating, ten of them belong to the university.

The PINCC was created because climate change is probably the most complex human challenge the world and México will face this century. The university established this mechanism to generate relevant knowledge about the impacts of climate change in México, its vulnerability, its capacities for mitigation and adaptation, as well as to guide and inform México’s position over the international negotiations and creation of national
public policies.

The overarching goal of the PINCC-UNAM is not only to produce assessments of current and future aspects of climate change, such as its impacts on natural and human systems, but to offer potential strategies and responses and create new scientists with a multidisciplinary and integrated vision.

Research lines are organised in three main areas corresponding to the IPCC Working Groups:

  • The Physical Basis – Impacts;
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation; and,
  • Mitigation.

Currently PINCC-UNAM is supporting the following research projects:

  • a multidisciplinary approach on Biofuels in México;
  • central Pacific Coast Vulnerability;
  • México City carbon footprint evaluation;
  • environmental policies for the adaptation of the primary sector of the economy; and,
  • creation of Mexican public policies on Climate Change.

The Programme Coordinator, Dr. Carlos Gay, is a researcher at the Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera UNAM. He pioneered the studies on climate change since the mid-1980s and led the team of researchers that produced the first study on the impacts of climate change in México. This was the main material used in the First National Communication of México to the Conference of
the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The PINCC-UNAM welcomes national and international academic, public and private collaborations in each of the research areas mentioned above.

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