Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change

14.12.2009
The International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change is a CA $12.5-million collaboration between the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Global attention has focused more on the science of climate change and mitigation strategies, with relatively fewer efforts dedicated to adaptation. To help address this research gap, the Initiative has issued a call for proposals to study how humans and natural systems are adjusting to actual and expected changes in climate. Up to five teams comprising researchers from Canada and the developing world will receive up to CA $2.5 million each over five years.

“Climate change is an urgent global challenge,” says IDRC President David M. Malone. “This initiative will help determine how vulnerable populations in Canada and in the developing world can best cope with changes to their health, environments and livelihoods.”

“Indigenous peoples worldwide – including First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada – are among the first to experience the effects of climate change,” says Dr. Malcolm King, Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health. “This initiative offers an opportunity for researchers worldwide to help these vulnerable populations adapt and even improve their lives in the face of climate change by bringing together Western scientific methods and a respect for the traditional knowledge that has served indigenous peoples well for countless generations.”

“Canadian researchers in the social sciences and humanities, with the support of SSHRC, have helped to build a strong foundation of Canadian innovation and expertise on the human dimension of climate change,” says SSHRC President Dr. Chad Gaffield. “This new international collaboration will enable us to jointly develop new knowledge and capabilities in key areas, and to enhance the contributions of social sciences and humanities research to meeting the needs of Canadian and developing communities in the midst of climate change and adaptation.”

"Exploring the impact of climate change on communities in Canada and around the world is critical to improving the quality of life of those who are most vulnerable," said Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC. "This initiative will give the scientific community a unique opportunity to collaborate internationally and to intensify efforts that will ultimately lead to effective management and adaptation to a changing environment."

Researchers are invited to visit www.idrc.ca/iriacc for more information, including how to submit proposals. The successful projects will be announced in 2010.

About IDRC

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the world’s leading institutions in the generation and application of new knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies. www.idrc.ca

About CIHR

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s agency for health research. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

About SSHRC

SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs and policies, the Council enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada and facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society. www.sshrc.ca

About NSERC

NSERC is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators to the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 28 000 students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11 800 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca

For more information:

Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé
Senior Media Advisor, IDRC
(+1 613) 696-2343
ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca
David Coulombe
Media Relations, CIHR
(+1 613) 941-4563
mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Trevor Lynn
Communications Manager, SSHRC
(+1 613) 992-7302
Cell: (+1 613) 302-9879
Trevor.Lynn@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
Martine Perreault
Media and Public Affairs Officer, NSERC
(+1 613) 996-7238
martine.perreault@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé | Research asia research news
Further information:
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca

All articles from Earth Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Unraveling the nature of 'whistlers' from space in the lab

A new study sheds light on how ultralow frequency radio waves and plasmas interact

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" -- very low frequency packets...

Im Focus: New interactive machine learning tool makes car designs more aerodynamic

Scientists develop first tool to use machine learning methods to compute flow around interactively designable 3D objects. Tool will be presented at this year’s prestigious SIGGRAPH conference.

When engineers or designers want to test the aerodynamic properties of the newly designed shape of a car, airplane, or other object, they would normally model...

Im Focus: Robots as 'pump attendants': TU Graz develops robot-controlled rapid charging system for e-vehicles

Researchers from TU Graz and their industry partners have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system (CCS) for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.

Global demand for electric vehicles is forecast to rise sharply: by 2025, the number of new vehicle registrations is expected to reach 25 million per year....

Im Focus: The “TRiC” to folding actin

Proteins must be folded correctly to fulfill their molecular functions in cells. Molecular assistants called chaperones help proteins exploit their inbuilt folding potential and reach the correct three-dimensional structure. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) have demonstrated that actin, the most abundant protein in higher developed cells, does not have the inbuilt potential to fold and instead requires special assistance to fold into its active state. The chaperone TRiC uses a previously undescribed mechanism to perform actin folding. The study was recently published in the journal Cell.

Actin is the most abundant protein in highly developed cells and has diverse functions in processes like cell stabilization, cell division and muscle...

Im Focus: Lining up surprising behaviors of superconductor with one of the world's strongest magnets

Scientists have discovered that the electrical resistance of a copper-oxide compound depends on the magnetic field in a very unusual way -- a finding that could help direct the search for materials that can perfectly conduct electricity at room temperatur

What happens when really powerful magnets--capable of producing magnetic fields nearly two million times stronger than Earth's--are applied to materials that...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Within reach of the Universe

08.08.2018 | Event News

A journey through the history of microscopy – new exhibition opens at the MDC

27.07.2018 | Event News

2018 Work Research Conference

25.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Staying in Shape

16.08.2018 | Life Sciences

Diving robots find Antarctic seas exhale surprising amounts of carbon dioxide in winter

16.08.2018 | Earth Sciences

Protein droplets keep neurons at the ready and immune system in balance

16.08.2018 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>