BC3. Basque centre for climate change – Klima aldaketa ikergai

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Elisa Sainz de Murieta


Elisa Sainz de Murieta Climate policy so far has been largely focused on the ways to mitigate climate change. However, even if there were a major step forward in mitigation, residual impacts are expected so adaptation policy should become a priority in policy making if we want to avoid major environmental and socio-economic impacts.
In this context, the best scientific knowledge together with policy-oriented research is essential as a basis for decision making and the definition of public policies.

  • Kargua:
    GV-EJ Postdoctoral researcher
  • Ikerketa-lerro nagusia:
    Developing and supporting research that informs climate policy, especially at the regional level ; Climate change adaptation;
  • Harremanetarako xehetasunak:
    E-posta: elisa.sainzdemurieta@bc3research.org
    Telefonoa: +34 94-401 46 90 ext. 124
  • Research ID (WOK): Elisa Sainz de Murieta RID
  • Google Scholar: Elisa Sainz de Murieta Scholar
  • ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8120-3392

Short CV

Elisa works on climate change adaptation and decision-making under uncertainty. In the short-term, her work will focus on developing a risk assessment framework to support the design of successful adaptation strategies in coastal cities.

Elisa obtained a BSc. in Geological Sciences from the University of the Basque Country and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Management at the School of Industrial Organization in Madrid. After working for an industrial business group, in 2005 she was appointed Director of Biodiversity of the Basque Government. During this stage, she developed a strong interest in the science-policy interface, so in 2009 she enrolled in a doctoral programme on Quaternary and Environmental Change studies.

In 2010 Elisa joined BC3 where she developed her PhD on the environmental and economic impacts of sea-level rise in the Basque Coast. While working on her PhD, she has also been involved in several research projects related to the economics of climate change adaptation and the valuation of ecosystem services (Econadapt, Climbe).

She has been recently granted by the Basque Government to develop a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Grantham Research Institute (London School of Economics) jointly with the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3).

Journal Articles

  • 2017
  • Abadie, L.M., Galarraga, I., Sainz de Murieta, E. 2017. Understanding risks in the light of uncertainty: low-probability, high-impact coastal events in cities. Environmental Research Letters. 12. (1) 014017. DOI (10.1088/1748-9326/aa5254).
  • Abadie, L.M., Sainz de Murieta, E.,Galarraga, I. 2017. Investing in adaptation: flood risk and real option application to Bilbao. Environmental Modelling & Software. 95. 76-89. DOI (10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.03.038).
  • 2016
  • Abadie, L.M., Sainz de Murieta, E., Galarraga, I. 2016. Climate Risk Assessment under Uncertainty: An Application to Main European Coastal Cities. Frontiers in Marine Science. 3. (265) DOI (10.3389/fmars.2016.00265).
  • 2012
  • E. Sainz de Murieta, I. Galarraga and A. Markandya. 2012. Klima aldaketa sozioekonomiaren ikuspegitik. EKAIA. 25. (Ale Berezia) 197 - 235.

Books and Specials

  • 2014
  • Markandya, A., Galarraga, I and Sainz de Murieta, E. (eds). 2014. Routledge Handbook on Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change. 1st ed. London. Routledge. 464. ISBN 978-0-415-63311-6.

Book chapters

Other Publications

  • 2011
  • Elisa Sainz de Murieta. 2011. Reconstrucción paleoambiental a partir del registro geológico en las marismas de Urdaibai: cambios en el nivel del mar. Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi Zientzia Elkartea. 171-181.

BC3 Working Papers & Policy Briefings

Conference Proceedings

  • 2017
  • Sea-level high-stand during the Last Interglacial Stage: Sedimentary characterization and luminescence dating of the Oyambre coastal terrace (Cantabrian coast, Spain), presented at the IX REQUI - Iberian Quaternary Meeting, organized by Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal, Oct, 2017
  • Climate risk assessment under uncertainty: an application to main European coastal cities, presented at the EAERE - Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, organized by International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8), Athens, Greece, Jun, 2017
  • Understanding risks in the light of uncertainty: Low-probability, high-impact coastal events in cities, presented at the 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference - ECCA 2017, organized by -, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Jun, 2017
  • 2016
  • Future sea-level rise impacts on the Basque coast based on the recent geological record, presented at the Littoral 2016 - The changing littoral. Anticipation and adaptation to climate change, organized by EUCC-France, Biarritz, France, Oct, 2016
  • Investing in adaptation: flood risk and real option application to Bilbao, presented at the 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, organized by Institut National Polytechnique, Toulouse, France, Jul, 2016
  • Bridging science and policy to support cities to mitigate and adapt to climate change, presented at the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns, organized by Basque Government, Bilgao, Spain, Apr, 2016
  • 2015
  • Economic impacts of sea-level rise on the Basque coast, presented at the UHINAK - I. Cross border conference on climate and coastal change, organized by FICOBA Foundation, Irun, Spain, Oct, 2015
  • Climate change impacts on the water services in Costa Rica: a production function for the hydroenergy sector, presented at the EAERE - Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, organized by University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, Jun, 2015
  • 2013
  • Klima aldaketaren inpaktu ekonomikoak ur baliagaiek eskainitako ekosistema zerbitzuetan, presented at the Natur Zientzien Topaketak 2013, organized by Udako Euskal Unibertsitatea (UEU), Nov, 2013
  • Valuation of environmental and economic impacts of sea-level rise in the Basque coast under different climate change scenarios based on the recent geological record, presented at the El Cuaternario en la región pirenaica occidental , organized by University of the Basque Country, Oct, 2013
  • 2012
  • Environmental and economic impact assessment due to sea-level rise in the Basque coast based on different scenarios obtained from the geological record, presented at the Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, organized by Helsinki (Finland), Aug, 2012
  • 2011
  • Workshop Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss: The effects on ecosystem services (CLIMBE), presented at the , organized by , 2011
  • Workshop Cambio Climático y Pérdida de Biodiversidad: Los Efectos en los Servicios de los Ecosistemas del Bosque Tropical en Centro América, presented at the , organized by , 2011
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