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Executive Summary

The University of Sao Paulo has highlighted the leadership role in scientific research in the area of ​​climate change. The proposed Climate Change NAP integrates and leverages key collaborations in this area inherently multidisciplinary. The need for integrated research in this area of ​​the country are key to a sustainable future for the economy and tackling the socioeconomic issues associated with climate change. Mitigation strategies and adaptation to climate change need to be implemented shortly to have a strong scientific basis. The Weather Network MCT, the INCT Climate Change and FAPESP program of climate change are important initiatives that it intends to strengthen NAP with an integrated program of research. The proposal involves more than 58 researchers from USP and more than 90 external collaborators, organized across 14 sub-projects whose themes included:

  1. Detection, attribution and natural climate variability;
  2. Climate change and its effects on the Amazon environment;
  3. Biogeochemical cycles and water resources;
  4. Climate change and its impacts in the South Atlantic Ocean;
  5. Megacities / air pollution;
  6. Impacts of climatic change on coastal zones and continental shelf in the South Atlantic;
  7. Paleoclimate;
  8. Past and future evolution of rainfall extremes;
  9. Technological innovation, bioenergy and sustainable productions systems and their contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases;
  10. Health - vulnerability and adaptation in the environmental health context;
  11. Human biometeorology: analysis of the environmental variables (meteorological, thermal comfort and air pollution) and climate change impacts on the elderly population in the city of São Paulo;
  12. Economics of climate change;
  13. Water resources and climate change;
  14. Land use change;
  15. Radiation, aerosols and clouds;
  16. Environmental governance;
  17. Impacts of climate/environmental change on the fauna: an integrative approach;
  18. The role of planning, urban and building design for climate adaptation in the microscale. Contributions to an interdisciplinary approach.

These subprojects are integrated into the theme of global change and well-established collaborations with ongoing projects by the various groups that make up this proposal. Interdisciplinarity is guaranteed by the proposed integrated physical, chemical, biological, socioeconomic and health working together.

The draft NAP lists about 33 research projects submitted and approved and running with a very impressive total proceeds of approximately $ 65 million in the set. We have an effective organizational structure, based on fixed building in final phase of construction in the USP with a research network already in place supported by a number of successful experience of the Millennium Institute, INCTs and FAPESP thematic projects and several projects resources from outside Brazil. International cooperation is a strong component of this proposal, with strong international partnerships already in progress. Emerging groups have significant support, strengthening and nucleation of new groups working in the area. The training of human resources quality is another strong point of NapMC with several postgraduate programs with grade 7 from CAPES aligned in this proposal. The expected impact on public policy is significant, with several members serving on committees of the MCT, MMA, CONSEMA, CONAMA and other public policy decision-making bodies.