Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary



About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

Mick KellyMick Kelly was born in England in May 1951. On graduating in Physics and Meteorology at Reading University in the United Kingdom, he joined the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia as a graduate student shortly after the Unit was established by Professor Hubert Lamb in 1972. He was awarded a doctorate in 1976. He served as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of East Anglia before leaving the University March 31st 2007.

A member of the team that developed the new, improved global temperature record some twenty years ago, Mick now specializes in climate data analysis, the causes of climate change and climate and development issues, including vulnerability, adaptation and other policy matters.

He enjoys combining his skills as a scientist and his interest in art in programming for the Web and developing the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary.

Mick is the author of over 100 scientific journal articles as well as numerous pieces for popular magazines. With John Gribbin, he wrote a popular account of the global warming issue called Winds of Change, based on the award-winning television documentary Can Polar Bears Tread Water? He has written and presented a number of programmes for radio and television.

He spends his spare time running, listening to jazz and classical music and playing the piano.

Sarah GranichSarah Granich was born in New Zealand in August, 1952. She left New Zealand in 1970 and spent the first ten years living in Australia. During these years she worked, amongst many activities, as a gardener, waitress, farm manager, freelance writer, published poet, and on a prawn trawler. From 1980, she lived variously in France, Thailand and Switzerland, working as a freelance travel writer and photographer. In late 1988, on moving to the United Kingdom, she met Mick Kelly. They married and have been working together in England ever since.

Sarah's work on the Tiempo website includes design, research, commissioning of articles and maintaining the various databases as well as sub-editing and production. She has produced a number of fact sheets for what is now the Information Unit for Conventions and, with Mick, has written numerous articles for a wide variety of journals, magazines and other publications, all dealing with the issue of climate change. The other main area of interest she shares with Mick is their continuing involvement in research in Vietnam which began in late 1991.

Outside of work, Sarah spends as much time as she can gardening. Otherwise, she spends her spare time running and practising Qigong and Tai Chi. In 1995, she made a parachute jump for charity. In summers, she and Mick like to cycle and explore the historic lanes and byways of the Norfolk countryside and coast. She continually yearns for more sun.

The Tiempo editorial staff can be contacted at tiempo.editorial@gmail.com.

Bright Ideas

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Project 90 by 2030

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Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

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El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

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Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


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Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

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Updated: May 15th 2015