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January 2019

Dr Marcela Brugnach will give a lecture at BC3 on her research

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Marcela Brugnach PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Water Engineering and Management group in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Twente. She has completed doctoral studies in both Bioresource Engineering and Forest Ecology from Oregon State University (USA, 2003), and a masters degree in Computer Science from Universidad Nacional del Centro (Argentina, 1991). After completing her doctoral education, she became a [...]

December 2018

BC3 Seminar: Physical adequacy of a power generation system: The case of Spain in the long term

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Generation adequacy is a key ingredient to security of electricity supply. We develop a stochastic model of demand and supply (from different technologies) for measuring it from a physical or technical point of view. We adopt several metrics of supply shortfalls. Next we demonstrate the model by example. Because of limited interconnections with neighboring countries, Spain can be considered an electric island. We [...]

November 2018

BC3 Seminar: “Education as a global tool for adaptation and mitigation of Climate Change”

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We will present the role that the education should have as a tool for mitigation and adaptation for Climate Change around the world and the challenges that arise for its effective implementation. We review three different aspects of the problem. The first is the role of education as a tool for adaptation and mitigation and the existing gap between expectations and reality. The second [...]

BC3 Seminar: The Energy efficiency gap – insights from behavioural economics

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t has long been recognized that consumers fail to minimize the total costs of their energy-consuming investments due to a range of market and non-market based failures. This has become known as the ‘Energy Efficiency Gap’. This presentation will discuss behavioural economics insights relating to the energy efficiency gap. In addition, there is currently a large knowledge gap in terms of understanding how [...]

October 2018

BC3 Seminar: “Long-term Patterns of Continuity and Change in Climate Adaptation: Three Centuries of Droughts in a Municipality of the Barcelona Province (NE Spain)”

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Cities, towns, and other densely populated areas are being urged to address the challenges posed by climate change. To design local adaptation plans and policies for cities, the urban and climate agendas are strongly betting on social and technological innovation, but less attention is being devoted to learn from past experience. In this seminar, I argue that historical approaches can help situate adaptation strategies [...]

September 2018

BC3 seminar: Green Public Procurement and Organic Food Policy in Sweden

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Increasing organic food production has earned increasing attention during the last decades by EU and Swedish policy makers alike. Green Public Procurement is seen as a useful tool to shape consumption and production trends, increase demand for organic food and thereby alter the market structure in favor of organic food. However, the impact of a green procurement policy is an empirical question and depends [...]

BC3 Seminar: Cambio climático e impacto antrópico en el registro arqueo-paleontológico del Cuaternario

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Los depósitos cuaternarios, tanto de origen humano (yacimientos arqueológicos), como no vinculados a su actividad (turberas, humedales, lagos, morrenas glaciares, acumulaciones loéssicas, etc.) representan un gigantesco archivo en el que han quedado registrados, entre otros, los sucesivos cambios ambientales producidos durante su relleno sedimentario. El devenir metodológico de la Arqueología ha propiciado el desarrollo de un completo protocolo de investigación de estos depósitos, comprendiendo [...]

BC3 Seminar: Demand flexibility in the Swedish electricity market

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Demand flexibility has recently seen large interest from Swedish policy makers, and dynamic pricing is thought to be a useful tool for improving efficiency, reducing emissions and enable the integration of more renewable generation. However, so far, few households have adopted such pricing schemes. In this seminar, I will present some previous, ongoing and future research by me and my colleagues that relates to [...]

BC3 Seminar: What is the future of the Paramos in a warmer world?

Climate models predict that the temperature will increase between 2 and 5 ° C over the next 50 years impacting ecosystems, biodiversity, and carbon dynamics. Of particular interest are high mountain ecosystems such as Páramo that stores large amounts of organic carbon in their soil and are home to many endemic species vulnerable to climate change. An increase in temperature in this ecosystem could [...]

July 2018

BC3 Seminar: “Plural values of nature – the means determine the end”

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Research on nature-society interactions if a very broad field involving many specialisms and disciplinary schools. From a values perspective, conflicts occur when values of different groups are traded off: economic development versus indigenous culture, profit farming versus landscape heritage.

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