The Spain Pavilion in the Blue Zone of COP25 has introduced the latest specific developments in interactive tools for communication and dissemination information of regional scenarios on climate change to society.
This tool brings information about the future climate to the general public.
Yesterday, one of the afternoon sessions of the Spanish Pavilion within the 25th United Nations Conference on Climate Change ( COP25) was dedicated on the Spanish experience about the regional scenarios of the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (PNACC) and the development of an interactive viewer. The discussion focused on future opportunities and challenges in relation to these new technologies when society demands more information, so it is necessary not only to provide them climate information but also to help understand and make good use of it.
The session, organized by the LIFE SHARA project coordinated by the Biodiversity Foundation, was attended by some of the leading researchers from Spain, foreign centres and collaborators with the IPCC who are working in the development of these tools among them José Manuel Guriérrez, the IFCA director.
This interactive viewer allows not only to visualize the projections of the future climate in an intuitive and didactic format for the general public but it is also a very useful source of data for research since the data can be downloaded and exported in different formats facilitating the study of Climate change impacts and the development of adaptation policies and plans.
In the round table, moderated by Maisas Rojas, from the University of Chile, head of Climate Assessment and Modeling of AEMET, Ernesto Rodríguez Camino, said that “it is important to have a common reference for all studies and balance the needs of the users for the ad hoc development of the tools ”.
José Manuel Gutiérrez, the coordinator of the Climate Platform of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), explained that the tool viewer of scenarios climate change "places our country at the forefront of countries that promote interactive climate projections."
On his behalf, Richard Jones, senior scientist at the United Kingdom Meteorological Office (MetOffice), explained that this new tool that will be included in his next evaluation report, which will be made public in April, has already generated a lot of expectation among the scientific community, he added that "the comments received until now have been very positive". Finally, Sebastián Vicuña, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and co-chair of the IPCC Data Working Group, has emphasized the importance of guaranteeing the transparency and accessibility of these tools without distorting the principles of the IPCC.