The Minister of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands, Jose Antonio Valbuena valued the quality of the projects that researchers from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) are carrying out to fight against climate change and specifically of the three that are developed thanks to collaboration agreements signed with the Ministry.
Valbuena visited two ULPGC research institutes located in the Technological Science Park of Taliarte (Telde), accompanied by the vice-rector for Research and Transfer, Marisol Izquierdo, and the director of Research and Technological Development, Aridane González.
Specifically, the regional councilor was able to see the facilities of the Institute of Oceanography and Global Change (IOCAG) and from Ecoaqua Institute, accompanied by its directors, Alonso Hernández Guerra and Ricardo Haroun Trababue.
During the visit, Valbuena pointed out that “These are two leading centers in research related to the marine and maritime environment, both nationally and internationally. We have to take advantage of all this knowledge to place the Canary Islands also at the forefront of the fight against climate change, “he said.
At the Institute of Oceanography and Global Change (IOCAG) they showed him the Chemistry, Ecology and Zoology laboratories, where José Antonio Valbuena was able to learn about the work carried out with metals, greenhouse gas measurement observations, cyanobacterial blooms and measurement of the relationship of zooplankton and climate change, among others.
At the EcoAqua institute, he observed the activity of the marine biology laboratory and marine spatial planning carried out in Macaronesia within European projects. In addition, he visited the fish farming facilities of aquaculture.
Three active research agreements
Taking advantage of this meeting, the status of the three research agreements that the Ministry maintains with the ULPGC on issues related to climate change was also addressed and the director expressed his intention to increase collaboration with the two Canarian universities from this same course .
“Our goal is to promote R + D + i in terms of climate change in the Canary Islands to optimize available resources and establish synergies that promote research and knowledge transfer as a basis for the creation of prevention and mitigation measures of its effects, “said Valbuena.
Thanks to these projects, a Interactive Climate Atlas of the Canary Islands (ACIC). It is a digital tool that will provide essential knowledge for the awareness of Canarian society about the current situation and the future evolution of climate change in our Archipelago.
Another agreement has also been signed for the maintenance of the Oceanic Carbon Dioxide Observation Network in the Canary Islands (CARBOCAN), which serves to identify, control and follow the trends of the carbon dioxide content in the Canary Islands, measure the acidification of the oceans and control the factors associated with climate change, carbon dioxide emissions, changes in the behavior habits of society and the environment.
The third agreement is aimed at acquiring scientific instruments to support the CARBOCAN network, specifically: analyzers of pCO2, pH, temperature, salinity, oxygen, fluorescence, ADCP and a weather station, so as to guarantee continuous monitoring of all the parameters of the carbon dioxide system and acidification of the oceans in the waters surface areas of the Canary Islands.