International collaboration

Chilean university develops climate change model for Antarctica

Researchers in Patagonia are working with Spanish counterparts to develop technology that will predict and help prevent the effects of retreating ice sheets. 

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 Category: Education
The Grey Glacier, in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Photo: sadolu / Flickr The Grey Glacier, in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Photo: sadolu / Flickr

A group of researchers from the Universidad de Magallanes (UM) in Chile are currently visiting the Instituto de Investigación en Informática (I3A) at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in Albacete, Spain, as part of an agreement between the two universities to develop predictive models in the fields of meteorology and electrocardiograms.


Based in the Southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas and the Chilean Antarctic territories, the UM specializes in studying the effects of climate change on Antarctic environments. The Chilean research delegation is comprised of UM department of computer engineering director Pedro Alberti and researcher Patricia Maldonado.


The Spanish team from UCLM includes I3A director Luis Orozco and researchers Enrique Arias, Diego Cazorla and María Dolores Lozano. The I3A team will put their expertise in computer engineering to work toward predictive models for the future of the Antarctic region.


The project between the two universities aims to develop a system that can anticipate future effects of climate change by applying UM research to the current retreat of glaciers and melting ice sheets. In this way, scientists are taking steps to prevent damage to both on human activity and the natural environment.


Researchers are aiming to address specific problems, including preventing the breaking off of huge blocks of ice from glaciers and ice sheets that could pose threats to shipping, as well as minimizing effects that rising sea levels will have on coastal populations and marine life.


This collaborative research is also part of a larger agreement between the two universities, which are planning to work together on applying UCLM’s computer engineering expertise towards boosting tourism in the far South of Chile.


Another goal of the agreement is to develop a computer engineering Ph.D. program in the field of climate change.

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