Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. Society now faces a double challenge of understanding how we can and should adapt to climate change and how we should make a transition to a lower carbon economy.
Confronting these great challenges requires an understanding of the complex web of scientific, socio-economic, political, technological and policy processes. The Sussex Climate Change Network brings together world leading researchers from the University of Sussex and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in a multi-disciplinary programme of research and teaching to improve our understanding of how climate change is developing, the impacts on people and the implications for policy and action.
The Fennec climate program
The central Sahara has one of the most extreme climates on Earth. During the summer months, a large low pressure system caused by intense solar heating develops over a huge, largely uninhabited expanse of northern Mali, southern Algeria and eastern Mauritania. The atmospheric aerosol loading and thermodynamics over this region are unique, and have major impacts on the climate of North Africa, Europe and the Atlantic.
Launched in advance of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, this web resource profiles Sussex research and offers information and insight to those interested in new thinking and practical solutions for sustainable futures. Browse resources related to the two themes and seven critical issues addressed at Rio+20.