Episode #4
Data for climate
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It is not as if we were not warned about it: the temperature of the planet is increasing and this will bring harmful consequences for societies all over the world.

Throughout history, humans have built cities according to natural resources and availability of good conditions, such as water and temperature, for food production. With the increase of Earth’s temperature, all of this is about to change. Natural phenomena such as the rains in Germany and the dry in Brazil, both of which happened this year, will be more often and less predictable. We are talking about our extinction.

Since 1992 Governments all over the world are developing climate governance, in which agreements and goals are settled to avoid a drastic increase of the planet’s temperature, including the recent COP26 in Glasgow. In the meanwhile, civil society movements such as Fridays for Future claim that national governments are not making enough.

Data was always an asset for science, and now governments and citizens need to learn the language of science. How can public data help local and national governments to create strategies to fight the climate crisis? And can the civil society herself produce and use this data?
Dr. Milena Ponczek
Atmospheric scientist and environmental consultant
Milena is an atmospheric scientist working on the interaction of volatile organic compounds with atmospheric aerosols, air quality and climate. She holds a degree in chemical engineering from the State University of Campinas (Brazil) and a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Lyon (France).

She is a former postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics at the University of São Paulo where her work was focused on better characterizing aerosol life cycles in the Amazon region and understanding the impacts of deforestation and biomass burning on the atmosphere.

Beyond the context of her technical work, she is interested in socio-environmental issues and how to create bridges and interaction between so-called “hard” sciences, and social and economic sciences in order to make scientific and technological advances approach society. She is one of the producers of the Atmospheric Tales podcast that covers themes related to air pollution and climate change.

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Dr. Thomas Bartoschek

Founder and CEO at re:edu GmbH & Co. KG + Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Münster

Thomas is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster and Co-Founder and CEO of the edtech Start-up re:edu since 2018 and of the non-profit openSenseLab since 2021.

Thomas holds a PhD in Geoinformatics he received from ifgi in 2017. His research interests are in geotechnologies for spatial learning, human computer interaction, citizen science, digital education and data literacy.

During his career he investigated and developed various technologies for citizen science and digital learning with senseBox and openSenseMap being the most prominent. He has experience in leading various research projects on a national level and received several awards for his work, most relevant the ACM Eugene Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics in 2013.

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