Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Research Programmes


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.

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National, regional and international research, policy and information programmes related to the climate issue — selected resources on the web

On the Web

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
An international project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee, to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences.

Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors
The website synthesizes information on the sectors, systems, and groups studied, methods utilized, and key results of the 24 AIACC (Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors) projects in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Bornean Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conservation
A programme aimed at establishing sustainable approaches for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, focused on the State of Sabah in Malaysia.

Canadian Global Change Programme
Site provides access to publications in both English and French, links to other organizations and an environmental education section.

Climate Change and Security
The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London has mounted a programme of research and events to analyse the security implications of the climate threat in detail and address the urgent issues facing policy-makers today.

Enhancing Carbon Sequestration in Terrestrial Ecosystems
The research consortium, CSiTE, will perform fundamental research that will lead to acceptable methods to enhance carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems as one component of a carbon management strategy.

A European Union project with themed research groups working at developing an ensemble prediction system to improve forecasts of climate change and its impacts.

Global Change Research Information Office
The US Global Change Research Information Office provides access to data and information on global change research, data, strategies and technologies on behalf of the US Global Change Research Program.

Global Climate Observing System
The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) is a World Meteorological Organization programme intended to develop and expand the climate observational network.

Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS)
The Global Environmental Change and Human Security programme is is a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme. Research focuses on the way diverse social processes such as globalization, poverty, disease and conflict combine with global environmental change to affect human security.

Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
Joint initiative of the European Union and European Space Agency, to be fully functional by 2008. Intended to support sustainable development goals and to integrate environmental and security dimension in European policies.

IGBP Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ)
A core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, LOICZ focuses on transfer processes within the coastal zone and on the human dimension of global change in this highly-populated sector.

IGBP Past Global Changes Science (PAGES)
A core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, PAGES focuses on the past evidence of change underpinning the information and advice needed by policymakers concerned with future global changes and their impacts.

Indigenous Knowledge in Disaster Management
Project web site documents how indigenous peoples of Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Kamchatka perceive and manage natural disasters and extreme weather events, including documentation of strategies for early detection of coming events, coping strategies, and perceptions of short and long term impacts of these events on biodiversity.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Scientific body established by United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorlogical Organization in 1988 to assess the scientific and technical basis of the global warming problem.

International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) is a major international scientific programme, set up by the International Council of Scientific Unions, to investigate the interactions between the physical, chemical and biological processes that shape natural and anthropogenic environmental change.

International Human Dimensions Programme (IDHP)
Set up in 1990 by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) as a social science programme to complement the natural science International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and the World Climate Research Programme.

The ‘Kompogas' facility turns biological wastes into electricity, fuel and compost. Pioneering work on ecological energy production by Walter Schmid.

Laboratory for Atmospheric Research
Well-designed and up-to-date information from the City University of Hong Kong on seasonal forecasts of tropical cyclone activity over western North Pacific and South China Sea region.

Man and Biosphere Program
The Man and Biosphere Program is an international effort aiming to set a scientific basis for the improvement of the relationships between people and their environment globally.

Natural Hazards Project
The Natural Hazards Project, a division of the Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment of the Organization of American States, lends support to the member states to assess their vulnerability to natural hazards and mitigate the effects of disasters. Among its current areas of interest are floods, school buildings, and transportation corridors.

NOAA Climate and Global Change Program
The Climate and Global Change Program addresses key elements of the long-term monitoring and mission-directed research in the United States necessary to improve understanding of the climate system.

North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation
An international organization created by Mexico, Canada and the United States to address regional environmental concerns, help prevent potential trade and environmental conflicts, and to promote effective enforcement of environmental law.

Pacific ENSO Applications Center
The Pacific ENSO Applications Center is a multi-institutional partnership whose role is to conduct research and produce information on climate variability related to the El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycle in the US-affiliated Pacific islands.

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme
The mission of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme is “to promote cooperation in the South Pacific region and to provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations.” There is a US mirror site.

Sustainable Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands
Sustainable Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands is an UNESCO initiative aimed at promoting the development of coastal regions in a manner which is environmentally sound, socially equitable and culturally appropriate. Combines expertise from natural and social sciences as well as local knowledge and practice.

US Department of Energy Photovoltaics Program
Researchers in the national laboratories, the nation's universities, and industry are working together reduce the cost of electricity generated by PV systems and to increase their efficiency and lifetime.

Woodlands and the Environment: Climate Change
Account of research on climate impacts on woodlands in the United Kingdom conduced by Forest Research, includes brief accounts of the various aspects of the issue, research findings and links to other websites.

World Climate Applications and Services Programme
The World Climate Applications and Services Programme (WCASP) fosters the effective application of climate knowledge and information for the benefit of society and the provision of climate services, including the prediction of significant climate variations both natural and as a result of human activity. The Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) project is an implementation arm of WCASP around the globe. It strives to take advantage of current data bases, increasing climate knowledge and improving prediction capabilities to limit the negative impacts of climate variability and to enhance planning activities based on the developing capacity of climate science.

World Climate Programme
The World Climate Programme, established by the World Meteorological Organization in cooperation with other bodies, provides a framework for research, applications, and data collection relevant to climate and its impacts. It includes the World Climate Research Programme, the World Climate Impact Assessment and Response Programme, the World Climate Data and Monitoring Programme and the World Climate Application and Services Programme.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

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

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

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

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

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


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

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

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015