Sérgio H. Faria Ikerbasque Research Professor - Ramon y Cajal Fellow

Main Research Field:
Environmental physics, glaciology, human and physical geography. Climate and paleoclimate records. Biodiversity and population dynamics. Continuous diversity, emergence and multiscale modeling

Personal web page http://www.bc3research.org/en/sergio_faria.html
Email address sergio.faria@bc3research.org
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Paleoclimate records teach us that climate change is actually not a new challenge: local and global climate have been changing during the whole history of our planet. What is new is our growing awareness of the impacts such changes have had on the evolution of mankind and are having on modern society, as well as the vertiginous increase in the anthropogenic influence upon climate. Unrestrained demographic expansion and technological development – which have previously been our most effective strategies of adaptation to a changing environment – now render us victims of our own attempts to improve living conditions in a densely populated world. It is therefore essential to rethink economic growth and technological development in order to turn them truly sustainable. To achieve this, the first challenge is to obtain a reliable picture of the ongoing climatic changes and their impacts on local and global scales, followed by a precise assessment of the anthropogenic contributions to such changes. These investigations provide the essential basis for the establishment of more efficient environmental policies and new strategies for sustainable development.

January 19, 2017

Press Release (2017-01-19)

"Ice-free summers in Arctic Ocean could thwart Paris Agreement objectives". A new study shows the current trend of melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean could put at risk the objectives of the Paris Agreement to address climate change. The study’s authors conclude that, due to the future increase in the sea ice-albedo feedback, global carbon dioxide emission levels would need to reach zero 5 to 15 years earlier than expected to meet targets set by the agreement, substantially increasing mitigation costs. They also show the target of limiting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius set by the Paris Agreement would be unachievable without negative carbon emissions.
January 18, 2017

Mitigation implications of an ice-free summer in the Arctic Ocean

The rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic is one of the most striking manifestations of climate change. As sea ice melts, more open water is exposed to solar radiation, absorbing heat and generating a sea-ice–albedo feedback that reinforces Arctic warming. Recent studies stress the significance of this feedback mechanism and suggest that ice-free summer conditions in the Arctic Ocean may occur faster than previously expected, even under low-emissions pathways.
July 12, 2016

Sérgio H. Faria appointed as one of the four new Associate Chief Editors for IGS journals

"Sérgio H. Faria , Ikerbasque Research Professor and Ramon y Cajal Fellow at BC3, is one of the four new Associate Chied Editors for IGS journals ( Journal of Glaciology and Annals of Glaciology)"

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