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March 2023

The Solution is Social: How and why to work with the human dimension in climate change research

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Climate change is caused by human activities, the human dimension is an obvious place to look to find solutions. Yet between 1990 and 2018, social science research received only 0.12% of global research funding into climate change (Overland and Sovacool, 2020). Where they are supported, social sciences and humanities are often placed in service to the research and practice agendas of physical sciences (Kania [...]

January 2023

Tree species mixing as a strategy for adaptation to climate change

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Forest ecosystems are more and more threaten by the increasing biotic and abiotic disturbances triggered by global change. Adapting forest systems to climate change while maintaining their mitigation capacity is the main challenge to achieve a climate smart forestry.

Ecosystem Components of Urbanization in the Context of a Changing Climate

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Urbanization is a major driver of global ecological changes. At the same time, ecological dynamics have a substantial impact on urban residents, which includes more than half of the worldwide population. To explore the reciprocal interactions between urbanization and ecological processes I use the Los Angeles, USA megacity region as a case study.

November 2022

UN Climate Change conference (COP27): Anything new?

Highlights of this summit will be analysed, including the agreements adopted, progress made and pending issues from the perspective of multiple actors: academia, the public sector, and the private sector.

The Lancet Countdown 2022 report on climate change and health – BC3 webinar

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BC3 is pleased to invite you to an online seminar on November 10, at 11.00 am CET that will present the main highlights of the freshly-released 2022 Europe report of the Lancet Countdown – an international research collaboration that brings together 120 leading experts to monitor how the world’s changing climate is impacting public health.

Empirical evidence on the importance of considering equity in incentive based policy instruments for ecosystem services provision

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Incentive-based policy instruments, such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), are at the forefront of global efforts to meet conservation and land use based emissions reduction goals. REDD+ and PES are primarily perceived as instruments aimed at addressing environmental degradation. I

October 2022

A diet for Austria within planetary boundaries

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Agricultural production is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions as well as the main driver of biodiversity loss, eutrophication, and land-use change. In order to avoid consequences that fundamentally threaten human life on earth, a major transformation is required.

Recent and ongoing research activities on spatial analysis of climate change impacts and adaptation

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I will provide a few examples of research activities sharing the same aim of extracting knowledge from climate modelling to inform and orient human activities, such as planning and investments. The examples have in common a spatially explicit approach and they adopt vaious sorts of data processing and modelling: from simple formulas of map algebra, to multi-criteria analysis, or agent based modelling.

Innovative modelling approaches for predicting socio-environmental evolution in highly anthropized coastal lagoons (SMARTLAGOON)

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This seminar presents several tasks that are currently being developed within the framework of the H2020 SMARTLAGOON Project. The main aim of this project is the development of a digital twin of the Mar Menor that can adequately represent the natural processes that occur both in the Mar Menor and in its drainage watershed.

September 2022

Urban climate governance: Better planning for successful adaptation

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The need for adaptation is unanimously recognized as urgent and becoming universal (IPCC, AR6, WGII). And, while the IPCC AR6 WGII highlights that adaptation has been increasing across all regions since AR5 (very high confidence) (IPCC, AR6, WGII, SPM: 23), it underlines at the same time that there is increasing evidence of maladaptation (high confidence) (IPCC, AR6, WGII, SPM: 30).

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