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GLIN==> Quebec announces research consortium



Posted on behalf of  Louise  Lapierre <louise.lapierre@menv.gouv.qc.ca>

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THE GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF A RESEARCH CONSORTIUM ON
CLIMATE CHANGE OF INTERNATIONAL SCOPE

http://www.gouv.qc.ca/Index_en.html
    MONTREAL, May 16 /CNW/ - The Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and
Greater Montréal, the Environment and Water, André Boisclair, and the
Minister
of Public Security, Normand Jutras, have launched Ouranos, a Consortium in
regional climatology and adaptation to climate change. This research
initiative of international scope will be the only one of its kind on our
continent. What distinguishes Ouranos is the sum of scientific expertise it
brings together into a single team.
    The mission of Ouranos is to develop, structure and produce synergetic
team work dedicated to the analysis and the search for solutions to climate
change adaptation issues in a North American context. In addition to
greenhouse gas emission reductions called for by the Québec government, the
creation of Ouranos constitutes an additional means of addressing climate
change and a tool for adaptation to new regional situations stemming from
global warming.
    A partnership that is truly unique and without precedence in Canada,
Ouranos will regroup over 250 persons in multidisciplinary research teams
hailing from universities and governmental and para-governmental
organizations
in areas that have been traditionally working apart: climate sciences,
statistical analysis, characterization, impact and adaptation studies. The
merging of isolated teams of scientists under Ouranos, it is hoped, will
pull
in relevant scientific data and information needed by decision makers to
plan
responses to the rapidly evolving climate situation.
    The creation of Ouranos has been made possible thanks to financial
contributions from nine Québec government departments and agencies:
Environnement, Affaires municipales et Métropole, Ressources naturelles,
Sécurité publique, Recherche, Science et Technologie, Agriculture, Pêcheries
et Alimentation, Transports, Hydro-Québec, Valorisation-Recherche Québec, as
well as the Canadian Meteorological Centre, Natural Resources Canada and the
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences.
    This effort to unify human, financial, technical and computer science
resources is estimated to cost upwards of 9 million dollars a year and is
supported by four universities, namely, Université du Québec à Montréal,
McGill University, Université Laval and the Institut national de la
recherche
scientifique (INRS), all Ouranos Consortium members.
    "The Ouranos Consortium will make coordination and support of
fundamental
research possible," specified the Minister of Public Security, Normand
Jutras.
"This research on climate change is an advantage for setting up a true
emergency preparedness culture and a sound prevention policy. It is
consistent
with the Québec government's mission to provide for the safety and
protection
of the population. We need to better understand the phenomenon to better
plan,
better prepare ourselves and, consequently, better protect ourselves."
    "The sensitivity of Québec in conjunction with its geoclimate amply
justifies the efforts and investments expended in setting up Ouranos,"
declared Minister Boisclair, who went on to point out that the Ouranos
Consortium will enable the rapid expansion of two unique panels of experts
recognized by climatology researchers throughout the world: natural
variability at McGill University, and regional modelling at Université du
Québec à Montréal. "Our scientists working in both these fields have known
great success worldwide. And I will venture to say that the relationships
they
will build with Ouranos can only lead to greater recognition," Minister
Boisclair said in conclusion.



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