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The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is one the bodies involved in the European CIRCE project on impact of climate change on the Mediterranean and working jointly with the Spanish Consolider project, GRACCIE, which is drawing up a research consortium to work on gradual and abrupt climate changes. The UPV/EHU input is from the Atmosphere Research Group at the Higher Technical Engineering School in Bilbao. Under the direction of Mr Lucio Alonso, the members of the Atmosphere Research Group team have been carrying out research work together for 25 years and have always been pioneers in their field.
"We deal with everything that has to do with atmospheric contamination and the study of the atmosphere, including the climate", explained Mr Lucio Alonso. This has meant them applying techniques for measuring atmospheric contamination, acquisition of and learning to interpret meteorological data and developing measuring instruments for their research.
One of the challenges of the group is to train technical experts and scientists specialised in the matter, through Masters' degrees in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Management Technologies at the UPV/EHU itself. But, apart from this training, they are currently immersed in two research projects on climate change. The first is CIRCE (Climate Change and Impact Research: The Mediterranean Environment), a project within the remit of The Sixth European Framework Programme which is to finish in 2011 and in which atmospheric dynamics and progress of atmospheric contamination in the Mediterranean are being studied. The second is GRACCIE (Multidisciplinary Research Consortium on Gradual and Abrupt Climate Changes and their Impacts on the Environment), a Consolider Ingenio 2010 project being led by the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientfi
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