Peer-reviewed research conducted by many independent parties worldwide, including the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, has presented firm evidence that mankind’s activities are the main cause of currently observed rapid climate changes. The IPCC published a new synthesis of this evidence, highlighting again the urgency of this message. Dr Jean-François Müller, a scientist of the Institute, contributed to chapter 6 of the report, which addresses the impact on climate of other atmospheric pollutants than carbon dioxide.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our and future generations. Observations from the ground and from space of our atmosphere, the oceans and the Earth's land provide unique information that is of great importance for understanding and addressing climate change.
BIRA-IASB position statement on climate change
The above position statement on climate change was adopted by the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) to clarify its ambition and its role in climate change research. It confirms the scientific basis for the consensus among Earth scientists that human activities are the primary cause of recent global warming, and that the provision, validation and interpretation of climate data records is part of the Institute’s missions.
The position statement forms the basis for dialogue with the stakeholders on climate change issues: the scientific community, the citizen as well as policy makers. The Institute is ready to support any intiative taken by belgian governments in order to strengthen our climate-change related research and services.