The Climate Institute is building the world’s highest climate observatory (15,000 ft/4500 m) atop Sierra Negra peak in Pico de Orizaba National Park in the State of Puebla. The observatory will be located next to the Large Millimeter Telescope, the largest and most sensitive single-aperture telescope in its frequency in the world. Even in advance of the observatory's completion, the Climate Institute is gathering greenhouse measurements on site.
The High Altitude Global Climate Observation Center will measure greenhouse gases and dust particles to track global and regional climate and assess hurricane risk, creating an opportunity for extensive environmental study and filling the gap in the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), which currently lacks an observation center anywhere in the broad mid-section of the Americas (Mexico, the southern United States, Central America, and the Caribbean).
The Observatory has been named in honor of Sir Crispin Tickell, Chairman Emeritus of the Climate Institute, who has helped greatly to catalyze climate protection efforts in Mexico and the world.
The Climate Institute is launching the world’s first National Interactive Climate Awareness and Response Network in Mexico. Building on public excitement and national pride in Mexico’s having the world’s highest climate observatory, this evolving network seeks to link the Tickell Observatory and climate theaters in several museums and Observatory outreach centers.
On February 20, 2009 a Tickell Observatory Education and Outreach Center was opened in Flor del Bosque, an environmental education park in Puebla. In its first year, over 90,000 visitors received a 37 minute multimedia presentation on climate change implications.
On February 10, 2010, a climate theater was inaugurated by Mayor Marcelo Ebrard in Mexico City's Museum of Natural History in the renowned Chapultepec Park. On February 11, an additional climate theatre opened in Parque Ecológico San Miguel Acapantzingo in Cuernavaca, capital of the state of Morelos (see photo below). The climate theatres in Puebla, Mexico City and Cuernavaca are all using a spherical global projection system. The Climate Institute has arranged for the installation of an additional global projection system in the Pelopidas Art Museum in Cancún. It is anticipated that this theatre will be operational later in 2010. In the future, the Climate Institute plans to extend this Tickell Interactive Network of climate theaters supported by the observatory's climate data to sites elsewhere in Latin America, in the Philippines and in the United States.
It is anticipated that by 2010, as many as 20,000 visitors each week will experience comprehensive multimedia presentations on climate and be introduced to tools to enable them to become problem solvers, working on innovative adaptation and emissions reduction. The network will leverage other partnership efforts the Climate Institute is undertaking - a national climate awareness campaign with CICEANA, work with Climate Lab to enable climate network visitors to participate in this evolving wiki on climate solutions, and work with states and industry groups.
Inauguran Observatorio de Cambio Climático "Misión Tierra" 10 February 2010
Winter 2010 Climate Alert - Mexico: Inspiring Climate Solutions
This map displays all the sites that currently host (or plan to construct) education and outreach centers that are part of the Tickell Network coordinated by the Climate Institute.
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