Climate Research Foundation
The Climate Research Foundation (FIC, according to its initials in Spanish) is a nonprofit, private and fully independent foundation whose objectives focus on research in the field of climate change, as well as in the areas of climatology, meteorology and environment.
The FIC team began its research on climate change in 1992, participating in projects coordinated by the Spanish Meteorological Agency (Aemet), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Spanish National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA). Within these projects, the research team of the FIC developed a scientific methodology of regional and local climatic studies (statistical "downscaling") for studying both past and future climate scenarios. The excellent results obtained were presented between 1996 and 1998 at major international forums specializing in the field, reaching a recognition that made the FIC was invited to collaborate with leading European research groups in regional climatic studies ("downscaling" based).
As a research team, and for our nature of Foundation, we have some main objectives:
- Deepen and broaden the scientific knowledge about the performance and predictability of the climate system and its relationship to the natural and socioeconomic systems, conducting studies and research on their own initiative and with their own resources, or under third-party petition – working with economic benefit or free.
- Deepen and broaden the scientific knowledge on issues related to the environment in general, conducting studies and investigations on its own initiative and with their own resources or third-party petition against economic benefit or cost.
- To disseminate this knowledge to contribute to the achievement of a society increasingly responsible and conscientious in their relations with nature.
- Encourage and facilitate research activities of third parties in the areas of knowledge mentioned above, by providing the research capacity of the Foundation to develop their own projects and goals. Public or private entities can access the services of the Foundation free of charge or economic benefit, benefitting from its infrastructure and expertise in research to better achieve its purposes, provided that the scientific interest of these is justified, as determined by the Foundation.