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April 2019

BC3 Seminar: Changing cities in a changing climate


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• In this lecture, I will examine my own role, as a researcher, in advancing a progressive agenda that responds to an urgent climate change challenge. I will explore the tensions between experimental forms of action-research, policy-oriented research, and curiosity-led research and the way in which these different forms of thinking have shaped my research agenda as I have attempted to respond to what I [...]

March 2019

BC3 Joint Seminar: March 27, 2019


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Climate change mitigation pathways can differ strongly from one to else other, depending on the policy design, technological development or the established climate objectives. Integrated assessment models are able to project countless different climate change mitigation scenarios, allowing to compare the effects that each scenario has on other aspects, such as health, land use, energy security, inequality etc. Moreover, connecting these kind of models [...]

BC3 Lunch Seminar: How do trees “handwrite” and manage to communicate with us?


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Handwriting is a human attributed characteristic, being widely accepted that the oldest writing dates around 3400 BC. But actually trees “invented handwriting” first … about 390 million years ago when conifer trees appeared, and they have been writing ever since. Each year trees form new wood cells that arrange in concentric circles forming what we call annual tree-rings, which is their way of “handwriting” [...]

February 2019

BC3 Lunch Seminar: Heat waves and impacts in the urban systems


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Urban systems are not only major drivers of climate change, but also impact hotspots. The processes of global warming and urban population growth make our urban agglomerations vulnerable to chain reactions triggered by climate related hazards. Hence, the reliable and cost-effective assessment of future climate impact is of high importance. Two major approaches emerge from the literature: i) detailed spatially explicit assessments, and ii) [...]

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 [...]

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Financiado por el Ministerio de Ciencia Innovación y Universidades y la Agencia Estatal de Investigación,
a través de la Convocatoria: Maria de Maeztu 2017 (BOE 21/10/2017) siendo la referencia de nuestro expediente: MDM-2017-0714

©2008 BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change. Excelencia María de Maeztu.


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