“Climate Change is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to the natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.”
__________United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) aims to enhance Europe’s ability to innovate, which translates into adapting quickly to the fast pace of development, being one step ahead in providing solutions to rapidly emerging societal problems and developing products that meet the demands and desires of consumers.
The website provides the opportunity to download the evaluation reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change formed by United Nations bodies that are the basis of global agreements such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. Reports are available in PDF version with the opportunity to download single chapters.
The European Commission website provides a comprehensive overview of EU action on climate change. The page, in fact, collect all documents related to the adaptation strategies and other documents about the vulnerability of European regions divided by years of publication.
The website of the Italian Ministry of The Environment and the Protection of Land and Sea provides the opportunuty to download technical and scientific documents about the National Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation drawn up to coordinate and promote the assessment of vulnerability and adaptation actions implemented in our country. The portal provides also a brief summary of each document.
The website brings together cities networked to tackle the issue of resilience. Each year are selected thirty cities to monitor subjected to a challenge of resilience relative to a certain number of risks.
It is the European Community created to spread knowledge, promote innovation in the challenge of climate change and to enhance the development of a low carbon society. It is a European initiative promoted by the EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
The website provide an accurate picture of the risk of flooding in coastal areas of the United States and its economic and social consequences. It allows to visualize territorial maps till the neighborhood scale, highlighting the risk areas in relation to different changes in the sea level; It provide concurrently statistics on the population involved, and on buildings and land affected.
It ‘a portal managed by the ESA, an international organization composed of 20 Member States. Its main purpose is to create an European observatory on climate change useful to draw up action plans for adaptation and mitigation, coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members. The site provides information, news, projects, invitations to participate in European programs and conferences.
EdGCM ol ‘Educational Global Climate Model is a suite of software that allows users to build a functional 3D model of global climate change (GCM) for the past the present and the future. It’s able to realize simulations, to manage the database of the data and to export text reports. The interface is user-friendly.
SimCLIM is a software tool designed to facilitate the assessment of the risks of climate change. It is possible to generate maps, graphs and charts of various aspects of climate change in different scales. The interface is very easy and suitable for researchers, students, policy makers, consultants etc without the need for special skills.
Clark Labs manages software for monitoring and modeling the earth system for sustainable development. The software uses satellite images and grid data sets to simulate the climate changes. Its immediacy in the representation makes this software very useful for demonstrations in real time like conferences and public meetings.
It is a videogame implemented by NASA to teach children the issues related to climate change. Within the site there are several applications that allow to simulate the effect of climate change, the ecological footprint of rising waters etc. It ‘a fun and easy way to make children aware of these issues.