The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP25) is being held in Madrid from 2 to 13 December with the aim of reaching agreements and commitments to combat the effects of climate change. The organization plans to attract about 25,000 attendees from 200 countries. The Institute of Physics of Cantabria brings the knowledge of its experts in climate change with researchers José Manuel Gutiérrez, an expert in meteorology and data, and Isabel Campos, at the head of the advanced computing and e-science group.
The COP25 will be divided into two spaces. Events focused on non-governmental actors and side events organized by countries and official observers are hosted in the area dedicated to the Global Climate Action Agenda. The IFCA, as part of the CSIC, participates on Wednesday 4 in two of these events: one organized by the Chilean government and the other by the Spanish Office of Climate Change on the new tools of analysis of climate change at a regional level, a Spanish contribution to the IPCC. José Manuel Gutiérrez participates in the latter as coordinator of one of the chapters of the Sixth Report (AR6).
The Framework Convention on Climate Change to respond to the global phenomenon of climate change entered into force in 1994 and has been ratified to date by 195 countries, including Spain. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is its decision-making body and Berlin, in 1995, was the first venue that hosted this annual conference; the last one, COP24, was held in Katowice (Poland). Spain, together with the other Member States of the European Union (EU), actively participates in this international negotiation process through the annual meetings of the Parties to the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol.
Parallel to this event, at the University of Cantabria, workshops are held to show the region's contribution to the knowledge of climate change. Among the proposed activities is the scientific debate table 'Recent advances in the study on climate change', in which IFCA researcher Rodrigo García Manzanas participated, and the paper 'Current situation and perspectives on climate change in Cantabria', with the presentation of José Manuel Gutiérrez, Director of IFCA.