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BC3 Open Day

February 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change invites you to participate in the “Open Day” that is to be held on the 9th of February.

BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change, is a Basque Excellence Research Centre (BERC) created in 2008 jointly by the Basque Government and the University of the Basque Country, that is located since July 2016 in the UPV/EHU Science Park (“Sede” Building).

The objective of this event is to open up the Climate Change Science produced at the center to the University of the Basque Country, with the aim of exploring and promoting potential collaborations among both institutions.

This “Open Day” event is targeted at UPV/EHU researchers, professors, PhD and master students, and is organized as a meeting point. This event is organized in two sessions:

  • Oral Presentations: BC3 senior researchers will be presenting the ongoing research that it is being produced at BC3.
  • Expert meeting points: BC3 researchers will be welcoming UPV/EHU researchers that could be interested in getting the insights of the different BC3 research groups. Promoting the exchange of expertise, practices and experiences of this multi-disciplinary science and exploring the development of possible ways of collaboration.

Registration is mandatory.

The registration period will be open from the 30th of January until the 8th of February 2017.

Should you be interested in meeting with BC3 researchers of any of the research groups,  please specify it in the registration form. This will enable us to organize the thematic meetings beforehand.


Oral Presentations (10:00-13:00)

Room 6: Aketxe

10:00-11:00Keynote Speak
Which questions is the BC3 climate change science addressing?
Maria José Sanz, Scientific Director of BC Basque Centre for Climate Change
11:00-11:10Oral Presentation
“Earth and planetary science group key activities”
Sergio H. Faria, Senior Researcher at BC3

Understanding of the physical basis of climate change with primarily focus on polar regions, promoting methodological innovations in statistical analysis and dynamic systems modelling, but also tackling the socio-economic implications of changes in the physical processes that control the climate at regional and global scales.

Key Words: Glaciology, Multiple ice structures, Paleoclimate records,Paleoclimate reconstructions, Mathematical tools, Cryosphere, Cryospheric change, Arctic region, Sea-ice-albedo feedback, Mitigation Little Ice Age, ,Sea surface temperature, Total solar irradiance, Ice, Numerical simulations, Two phase, Growth constant, Growth exponent, Sea ice, Low-temperature science.

11:10-11:20Oral Presentation
“Ecoinformatics group key activities (ARIES team)”
Ferdinando Villa, Senior Researcher at BC3

BC3 has a strong focus on methodological innovations in the field of informatics for sustainability. The ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) project (http://aries.integratedmodelling.org) is a pioneering example of an e-science collaboratory where independent actors can develop and share interoperable data and models. In BC3-led research, this paradigm has focused on the modeling of ecosystem services, providing a view of coupled human-natural systems, combines an innovative simulation platform and a domain-specific programming language to address the task of integrated social ecological systems (science, management and governance).

Keywords: Ecoinformatics, Artificial Intelligence, K.Lab An Adaptative Modeling Technology, Scaled complexity in biophysical modeling, Bridging disciplines: from biophysical to social through agriculture and food security, Bridging scales: from process detail and agent behavior to economic and policy instruments, Instrumenting decision makers.

11:20-11:30Oral Presentation
“The Science-Policy interface. Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”
Unai Pascual, Senior Researcher at BC3

This research group focuses on problem-oriented science to inform some of the most pressing global environmental challenges society faces today, including climate change. The social-ecological and ecosystem services frameworks are used as means to explore human-nature relationships to better inform ecologically sustainable, economically efficient and socially equitable governance systems. Novel conceptual approaches, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods are applied. The research outputs include scientific papers, research projects and policy orientated documents to share information that can facilitate the transition to a sustainable future under climate change.

Keywords: sustainability science, science-policy, social-ecological systems, ecological economics, equity

11:30-11 :40Oral Presentation
“Ecosystem restoration”
David Moreno, Senior Researcher at BC3

This research that deals with how ecosystems affected by ancient agricultural or mining uses recover over long periods of time in areas of Spain and the Arctic. This knowledge allows understand their recovery over long periods of time and how it is affected by past climate changes. It can also inform environmental policies and strategies for land conservation and restoration.

Keywords:Restoration, ecological restoration,ecological thresholds,novel ecosystems,Meta-analysis,revegetation,restoration cost,biotic assemblage,Deliberative groups,Ecology, Ecosystem-based management,Landscape Ecology,Participative analyses,Plant Ecology,Plant Sciences,Biodiversity, Sociometabolic profiles, Sustainability, Nature’s value, Ecosystem restoration,No-net-loss

11:40-11:50Oral Presentation
“Understanding the interactions amongst components in agriculture for both CC Mitigation & Adaptation”
Agustin del Prado, Senior Researcher at BC3

Integrated Agriculture and Land management for sustainability: Effective land use decisions require consideration of the interplay of social, economic and environmental effects on land, the recovery pathways of agricultural systems, and the socio-ecological tradeoffs between objectives. This group evaluates the optimal land resources allocation for sustainable, efficient and equitable development while promoting integrative, climate-smart agriculture and ecosystem management producing new knowledge that can be readily used by stakeholders.

Keywords: Integrated solutions for the Livestock sector, Land use and the agri-food system, Mitigating and adapting to climate change through forest practices and metrics, Modelling social-ecological dynamics of agrobiodiversity.

11:50-12:20Coffe break
12:20-12:30Oral Presentation
“Low Carbon  group key activities”
Mikel González-Eguino, Senior Researcher at BC3

The “Low Carbon” (LC) research line deals with the implications of the transition to a low carbon (and sustainable) economy that will allow us to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. We aim to understand how to reduce as soon as possible greenhouse emissions without unduly affecting economic and social wellbeing, especially among most vulnerable people. We contribute to this research line by assessing the co-benefits and negative side effects of different energy transitions and mitigation options, such as those related to air pollution and health, land-use change and ecosystem services or its macroeconomic implications, so that policy makers can take informed decisions
Different tools and methods are used (for example, Integrated Assessment, CGE, Input-Output, Micro-simulation or Real options model), that allow us to assess the direct, indirect effects and trade-offs of many different policy options and in many diferent dimensions (such as efficiency, equity, job creation or health implications).

Keywords (general): Low-carbon, mitigation, energy, energy transitions, modelling, support policy-makers.
Keywords (Methodological): Integrated Assessment models, CGE models, Input-Output model, Energy-Environment-Economy models, Micro-simulation models or Real Options models.

12:30-12:40Oral Presentation
“Adaptation group key activities”
Ibon Galarraga, Senior Researcher at BC3

This presentation will review the work being carried out in the Climate Change Adaptation Research group at BC3, which focuses on three main topics: climate change impacts and risk assessments, adaptation appraisals and uncertainty. The research in this group is carried out from different perspectives and using a wide variety of approaches and methodologies. We also work on a wide variety of sectors and scales (health, water management, coastal areas, urban areas…).

Keywords: climate change impacts, adaptation tracking, uncertainty, risk assesments, economics, policy

12:40-12:50Oral Presentation
“Water infrastructure planning under deep uncertainty”
Marc Neumann, Senior Researcher at BC3

Planning of water infrastructure is a “wicked” problem, with driving forces and boundary conditions that change at small time scales compared with the life span of the infrastructure itself. Using historical analysis and hindsight assessment, we assess the adaptive capacity and the limits of prediction in these systems. Such analysis can then be used to judge the adequacy of proposed decision, dealing with deep uncertainty.

Keywords: Adaptive management, Planning, Uncertainty, Urban infrastructure, Wastewater, Complexity, Model quality assessment, Parameter estimation, Wastewater treatment, Global sensitivity analysis, MBR modelling.

12:50-13:00Oral Presentation
“Climate and Health group key activities”
Aline Chiabai, Senior Researcher at BC3

This group works on improving the currently scattered array of economic indicators related to health impacts and adaptation, as well as co-benefits of mitigation, at different spatial (local, national, EU, global) and temporal scales. BC3 participatory perspective accounts for socio-demographic, economic and cultural factors besides climate variables, including health inequalities and distributional effects. Links with other sectors and benefits (e.g. food, natural environment, energy, transport) that are also crucial for an integrated approach to health

Keywords: Health and Climate Change, Air pollution and Climate Change, Heat weaves, Health and Adaptation, Climate Change and Epidemiology, Economics of Health and Climate Change.

Expert meeting points and Simulations viewing (13:00-15:00)

Sede Building Hall

13:00-15:00Experts Meeting Points: BC3 researchers will be welcoming UPV/EHU researchers that could be interested in getting the insights of the different BC3 research groups. Promoting the exchange of expertise, practices and experiences of this multi-disciplinary science and exploring the development of possible ways of collaboration.

Should you be interested in meeting with BC3 researchers of any of the research groups,  please specify it in the registration form. This will enable us to organize the thematic meetings beforehand.

13:00-15:00Poster, Tools and Models Simulations will be displayed.


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February 9, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sede Building 1, 1st floor, Scientific Park of the University of the Basque Country
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