Staff from different public administrations in Chile are working to expand their capacities in the prediction of climate hazards and risks in the country through the EU-funded Euroclima programme, which is being funded by the European Union
During the month of December, the European Union has collaborated, through the Euroclima programme, with a series of training sessions for the staff of the Chilean Ministries of Environment and Science and for the citizens who are part of the country’s Regional Climate Change Committees.
One of the main objectives of this training activity is to start integrating information from the European Union’s satellite earth observation programme, Copernicus, in the elaboration of climate predictions for Chile.
The incorporation of data from the Copernicus programme will complement and augment the information already contained in ARClim, the Atlas de Riesgos Climáticos de Chile, a climate data and mapping platform launched by the Ministry of Environment with the collaboration of various international institutions.
“The objective of this training and the collaboration between the Chilean Ministry of Environment and the European Union through the Euroclima Programme is to have a highly reliable climate information system in Chile that can benefit the greatest number of administrative bodies and civil society itself. In this way, the country will be able to accurately plan the actions to be taken to mitigate the impact of climate change on territories that are highly exposed to the effects of the phenomenon,” said Alejandro Fernández, Euroclima specialist at FIIAPP.
Ewout Sandker, head of EU cooperation in Chile, said that “the Copernicus programme comprises a network of satellites that provide constant and extremely valuable information for different applications on the earth, the oceans and the atmosphere. This provides better data for spatial planning, complementing what is contained in ARClim. That is why we have promoted its use for the development of Regional Climate Change Action Plans (RCCAPs) and we are pleased to see the progress to date.