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Research Lines

The organization of BC3 Research Lines and Groups, responds to the Overall objectives, which aims to fulfill its missions and the challenges and demands that addressing climate change requires in a post-Paris period.

While the BC3 2014-2017 strategic framework, included four main research lines (Low Carbon; Climate and Natural Environment; Health and Climate; and Climate Policy), the BC3’s 2018-2021 strategic plan (SP 2018-2021), research is organized within five main Research Lines and two Cross-cutting themes.

The rationale for this evolution is to better exploit BC3’s interdisciplinary human capital and optimize the centre´s contribution to the co-generation of new scientific knowledge and the consolidation of scientific support relevant to policy making at different scales, which includes understanding and linking social and policy processes and promoting regular communication between stakeholders at all governance levels, in the post-Paris and SDGs era.


Research lines

Research Line Climate Basis

Coordinated by S.H. Faria (Ikerbasque Professor), it is responsible for the implementation of Objective 1 and its two activities. It includes two Research Groups: RG Cryosphere that will lead the implementation of Objective 1 Activity 2; and RG Climate Change Modelling, will be expanded from the analysis of climate records (Objetive 1 Activity 1) to climate model processes
The GIGAKU-TGU Secretariat and the IzotzaLab are both under this Research Line. In general, learning form past lessons and methodologies, as well as potentially climate scenarios will be shared with all relevant other Objectives.

Research Line Low Carbon

Coordinated by M. Gonzalez (BC3 Professor), it is responsible for the implementation of Objective 2 and its two activities. It includes two RGs: RG Assessment/Meth tools that will carry on the Activity 1, and; RG Interaction of LCE and SD that will be responsible for the Activities 2 and 3. The Research Line will contribute to SIP 1 (Objective 6) and contribute to Objective 3 Activity 6.

Research Line Terrestrial Ecosystems

Coordinated by M.J. Sanz (Ikerbasque Professor) is responsible for the implementation of Objective 3. It includes three research groups that will undergo research in relation to: the understanding of ecological processes, RG Ecological Processes that will be responsible for activities 1 and 2, and; RG Agriculture, Land Use and Forestry that will be responsible for activities 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Research Line Adaptation Lab

Coordinated by M. Neumann (Ikerbasque Professor) is responsible of the implementation of Objective 4. Includes four research groups: RG Adaptation that will be responsible overall Objective 4 (exposure and vulnerability, adaptation processes and dynamics, and economics of adaptation), contribute also to Objective 2 (in particular Activity 3) and work on some adaptation related aspects on Objective 3; and RG Health and Climate that will contribute strongly to Objective 4 (particularly Activity 4.2) and Objective 6 SIP1.

Research Line Integrated modelling of coupled human-natural systems

Coordinated by F. Villa (Ikerbasque Professor) is responsible for the implementation of Objective 5 and SIP 2. This Research Line will also contribute to SIP 1 and Objective 3 (Activities 4, 5 and 6), and to some activities of Objective 2. It includes two main research activities: RG Integrated Modelling and Ecoinformatics, responsible for instrumenting a transition towards interoperable data and models through artificial intelligence and cloud-based infrastructure, and RG Human-Natural Systems, responsible for the development of products aimed at actionable policy support in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Cross-cutting themes

The former Research Line Climate Policy became a Cross-Cutting Theme (CCT) during the Strategic Plan 2018-21 (Climate Policy), and a second CCT (Governance) was also established. CCTs are led by Senior Researchers (Governance by U. Pascual, Climate Policy by I. Galarraga/M.J. Sanz).

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