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Global change: towards global research infrastructures

EU support for research infrastructures in environmental and earth sciences

March 2012

It is widely recognised that environmental issues have been at the top of the agenda for several years already and climate change and global change still remain the most difficult societal challenges to confront. These topics have also wider implications related to food and fresh water supply and energy supply, i.e. access to essential resources and today's discussions also includes various mitigation strategies. The environmental societal challenges do not respect any borders and these issues naturally have to be solved from a sustainable global perspective.

Research Infrastructures in the environmental sciences, from the area of Understanding the Earth System to Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Environmental Friendly Technologies are all necessary instruments and tools for scientists in their quest for understanding the underlying principles of the global change and its effects. Global, regional and national research infrastructures will all contribute to the global network of research infrastructures, needed for environmental research.
However, the societal needs do not only require answers to the why, but also needs answers to how to solve these problems, to ensure secure supply of essential scarce natural resources, and to minimise the effect of our enormous waste mountains, etc. Again relevant Research Infrastructures can offer the scientist excellent tools for research. The innovation potential is huge and needs to be supported and nourished.

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© European Union, 2012

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