Global Climate Research Portal

About

 
We are building a first-in-kind platform to aggregate information on all ongoing climate change research across the world and make it accessible in a meaningful way. The platform will enable existing and aspiring climate researchers to learn about work that is already underway and network with academics across the globe who are presently working in their area of interest. It will also enable policy makers, businesses, and funders of climate research to collaborate with researchers, to understand which geographical areas and topics are receiving high attention and which ones need more. This will increase the impact of research and improve decision-making.

A need for collating climate change research

 
There is a high volume of valuable climate research happening around the world, but the time lag between when that research is initiated and ultimately published (generally several years) means that many opportunities for the timely application of that research, and cross collaboration between those undertaking it, are being missed. Further, at present, there also remain chances of duplication simply because there is no way to know if at any point in time other researchers are working on similar topics. Given the increasing urgency of the climate crisis, consolidating all ongoing climate research into a single, easily accessible database will have profound impacts on our collective effort to find timely and impactful solutions to this challenge. The Global Climate Research Portal will be a one stop shop for researchers, policy makers, funding agencies and businesses to discover what climate research is being done where and by whom.

Multiple beneficiaries

 
This portal will aim to offer the following benefits to various target audiences:
 
A.  Existing and aspiring climate researchers: access to information on ongoing research on climate change across the world; opportunities to network and collaborate with fellow researchers across the globe
 
B.   Universities: metadata on the scope, scale, and focus of ongoing climate research within the university; comparative data from across other universities; opportunities to create networking events for their climate researchers; platform to advertise research positions related to climate change
 
C.  Institutions that fund climate research: metadata on focus and direction of ongoing climate research; geographies and topics that may be getting disproportionate focus; identification of gaps; platform to advertise funding opportunities
 
D.  Governments: Opportunities to collaborate with researchers in real time and inform them about specific policy needs that the research could assimilate; pick up ideas and potential solutions from ongoing research for pressing issues without having to wait for the research to be published
 
E.  Businesses: Collaborate with academia on potential emerging areas of technological innovation for climate mitigation and adaptation in real time, helping each other come up with innovative and viable climate solutions

Operationalizing the portal

 
The initial scope of the platform is simple — to aggregate information on climate research conducted in academic institutions within a web-portal that has sophisticated filtered search capabilities. The information will include, inter-alia, the name and contact of researchers, institutional affiliation, title of research project, geographies covered, countries/ cities of case study (if applicable), broad category of research, source and type of project funding, research timeline and keywords related to the research project, etc.

To start with, information on around 170 ongoing PhD projects related to climate change at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, MIT and Yale has been aggregated. The pilot version of the portal will be launched with this database and build on it to aggregate information from universities globally. Subsequent phases will bring funded research projects (non-PhD), non-academic research and other categories of information and functionalities onto the portal. 

Crowdfunding campaign

 
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise 10,000 GBP to develop and launch the portal. Your contribution will help us to not just make this project a reality, but also keep it independent and open-access for all. Please visit https://gofund.me/7d319e6a for details. 

The team

 
This not-for-profit initiative is a collaborative effort of a team of PhD students at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale, all of who are conducting research on different aspects of climate change.
Gaurav Dubey
(PhD Candidate - University of Oxford)

Co-Founder & Lead
(Vision & Strategy)
Bill Finnegan
(PhD Candidate - University of Oxford)

Co-Founder & Lead
(Tech. & Design)
Isobel Rowell
(PhD Candidate - University of Cambridge)

Advisor
Ella Hughes
(PhD Candidate - Harvard University)
Advisor
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Mary Sanford
(PhD Candidate - University of Oxford)

Lead
(Data Analytics)
Shalini Iyengar
(PhD Candidate - Yale University)

Lead
(Legal)
Kathryn McConnell
(PhD Candidate - Yale University)

Advisor

Contact us for any queries or ideas for collaboration!

email: info@globalclimateresearchportal.org

Twitter: @theclimatelink