New Centre Tackles Climate Change

Bill Gough is co-director of the new Centre for Climate Change Research,  a partnership with China's Northwest University.

New centre tackles climate change

A new partnership between UTSC and China’s Northwest University will help researchers in both institutions learn how to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

The Centre for Climate Change Research was established this year in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province and home to Northwest University. It will bring together researchers from both institutions to study ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to change that is already underway.

“This is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved,” says Bill Gough, UTSC’s associate professor in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, who will serve as co-director of the centre along with Jin-feng Ma, a geophysics professor at Northwest. Gough says, “Northwest researchers bring an expertise in mitigation of climate change, while UTSC has a strong background in adapting to the effects of change already occurring.”

In September UTSC researchers spent two weeks at Northwest, conducting a workshop in climate change impacts and adaptation. They included Gough, UTSC Adjunct Professor Adam Fenech, and graduate students Jerry Jien and Peter Ng.

The two universities also began their first graduate student exchange in September, when Xiangning Fan arrived to work in UTSC’s Climate Lab under Gough’s supervision. Fan is interested in the effects of climate change on small rural communities in Shaanxi and will gain expertise in climate science and climate change impact assessment.