Mountains: energy, water and food for life.

Milan, Italy
From: 27.05.2009 to:

The international conference “Mountains: energy, water and food for life. The SHARE project: understanding the impacts of climate change” has been organized in Milan on May 27-28, by the EvK2Cnr Committee, Milan Municipality-Commission for Mobility, Transportation and the Environment, Milan-Expo 2015 Committee, CNR-Italian National Research Council, in collaboration with UNEP and with the technical cooperation of FAO. The conference gathered 40 researchers and experts to underline how mountains, which are an extraordinary platform for monitoring climate change and its effects, should be considered representative of vast spatial areas, often only theoretically uncontaminated. During the conference the SHARE (Stations at High Altitude for Research on the Environment) project was presented as well as its scientific and technological contributions to increasing knowledge on climate change and the environment to support sustainable decision making of governments on all levels. SHARE is an integrated project, promoted by Ev-K2-CNR Committee, for environmental monitoring and research in the mountain areas of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The SHARE network, comprising stations in Europe, Asia and Africa monitoring the environment and atmosphere, contributes to international integrated scientific projects on the climate and environment, such as: UNEP-ABC, WMO-GAW, WCRP-GEWEX–CEOP, NASA-AERONET, ILTER, EUSAAR. However, the SHARE project doesn’t just monitor and collect atmospheric data. Besides this principal activity, other complementary actions have been fostered, including the development of innovative technologies in the field of climate and environmental monitoring. A sophisticated technological system called Nano-SHARE has just been tested in the Khumbu valley. This innovative system, extremely agile and sophisticated, will enable to carry out measurements in remote sites where the construction of a laboratory or a standard monitoring station would be too difficult or expensive. It uses renewable energy sources with low environmental impact.


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