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FAPESP Week symposium discusses scientific cooperation between Brazil and the US
Date:10/17/2011

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On the first day of FAPESP Week, the session on Global Climate Change will feature a study on the interactions between society and nature in the region. In his talk on "Land change and human-environment interactions in Amazonia: integrative modeling approaches," INPE Director, Gilberto Cmara will demonstrate methods for gathering information to evaluate and prevent changes resulting from human actions in the Amazon and forms of organization that contribute to prevent deforestation and gas emissions utilizing computational systems that are in development at INPE.

On the same panel, Reynaldo Victoria will speak about the results of projects supported by the FAPESP Research Program on Global Climate Change (RPGCC), which he coordinated. The program's main targets are increasing knowledge about the climate to support policy decisions related to the changes and establishing mitigation and adaptation strategies. With investments of US$ 30 million, the RPGCC supports processing of a large volume of information produced in the country for creation of the Brazilian Model of the Global Climatic System, which will be capable of generating future climatic scenario and is necessary for Brazil to meet the monitoring targets it has committed to in international agreements. A supercomputer installed in INPE was acquired by FAPESP in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) to do this work.

In the session that includes Biodiversity and the Amazon, the coordinator of the BIOTA-FAPESP project, Carlos Joly, will present data on the first phase of the program (1999-2009), among which are 27 maps of vegetation that serve as benchmarks for the Board of State Attorneys when dealing with environmental degradation cases in six regional centers within the state of So Paulo. BIOTA-FAPESP, which is set to last another ten years (2010-2020), involves research to train researchers, bioprospection and analysis of the orig
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Contact: Fernando Cunha
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