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Elisa Sainz de Murieta


Former BC3 researcher . Current BC3 Associate Researcher

Elisa Sainz de Murieta

Main Research Field:
Climate change adaptation; sea-level rise; economic impacts; non-state action (regions and cities)

Was employee in BC3 from 2010-06-01 to 2021-09-05

Short CV

Elisa works on climate change adaptation and decision-making under uncertainty. She 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).

From 2017 until 2019 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute (London School of Economics) through a Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Basque Government. She is currently PI at BC3 of the H2020 project COACCH (coacch.eu) and the project Gobernadapt, in collaboration with IHCantabria, funded by the Basque Cooperation Agency.

Journal Articles

  • 2021
  • Markanday, A., Markandya, A., De Murieta, E.S., Galarraga, I. 2021. Accounting for the effects of employment, equity, and risk aversion in cost-benefit analysis: An application to an adaptation project. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 12. (2) 313-334-334. DOI (10.1017/bca.2020.32).
  • Sainz de Murieta, E., Escapa, M. 2021. Klima-aldaketari buruzko hitzaurrea: inpaktuak eta egokitzapena. Hegoak Zabalduz. (20)
  • Sainz de Murieta, E., Cunha, P.P., Cearreta, A., Murray, A.S., Buylaert, J.P. 2021. The Oyambre coastal terrace: a detailed sedimentary record of the Last Interglacial Stage in northern Iberia (Cantabrian coast, Spain). Journal of Quaternary Science. 36. (4) 570-585-585. DOI (10.1002/jqs.3317).
  • Sainz de Murieta, E., Galarraga, I., Olazabal, M. 2021. How well do climate adaptation policies align with risk-based approaches? An assessment framework for cities. Cities. 109. DOI (10.1016/j.cities.2020.103018).
  • 2020
  • Abadie, L.M., de Murieta, E.S., Galarraga, I. 2020. The costs of sea-level rise: Coastal adaptation investments vs. inaction in Iberian coastal cities. Water (Switzerland). 12. (4) DOI (10.3390/W12041220).
  • Abadie, L.M., Jackson, L.P., Sainz de Murieta, E., Jevrejeva, S., Galarraga, I. 2020. Comparing urban coastal flood risk in 136 cities under two alternative sea-level projections: RCP 8.5 and an expert opinion-based high-end scenario. Ocean and Coastal Management. 193. DOI (10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2020.105249).
  • de Murieta E.S., Galarraga I. 2020. Presentación. Ekonomiaz: Revista Vasca De Economía. 97. (1) 7-19.
  • Sainz de Murieta, E., Olazabal, M., Sanz, E. 2020. ¿Están las ciudades españolas adaptándose al cambio climático?. Papeles De Economía Española.
  • Setzer, J., de Murieta, E.S., Galarraga, I., Rei, F., Lomba Pinho, M.M. 2020. Transnationalization of climate adaptation by regional governments and the RegionsAdapt initiative. Global Sustainability. 3 DOI (10.1017/sus.2020.6).
  • Van Ginkel, K.C.H., Botzen, W.J.W., Haasnoot, M., Bachner, G., Steininger, K.W., Hinkel, J., Watkiss, P., Boere, E., Jeuken, A., De Murieta, E.S., Bosello, F. 2020. Climate change induced socio-economic tipping points: Review and stakeholder consultation for policy relevant research. Environmental Research Letters. 15. (2) DOI (10.1088/1748-9326/ab6395).
  • 2019
  • Abadie, L.M., Galarraga, I., Markandya, A., Sainz De Murieta, E. 2019. Risk measures and the distribution of damage curves for 600 European coastal cities. Environmental Research Letters. 14. (6) DOI (10.1088/1748-9326/ab185c).
  • Gadani, G., Galarraga, I., De Murieta, E.S. 2019. Regional climate change policies: An analysis of commitments, policy instruments and targets. Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment. (2) 49-74-74. DOI (10.3280/EFE2019-002003).
  • Markanday, A., Galarraga, I., Chiabai, A., Sainz de Murieta, E., Lliso, B., Markandya, A. 2019. Determining discount rates for the evaluation of natural assets in land-use planning: An application of the Equivalency Principle. Journal of Cleaner Production. 230. 672-684-684. DOI (10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.05.107).
  • Olazabal, M., Galarraga, I., Ford, J., Sainz De Murieta, E., Lesnikowski, A. 2019. Are local climate adaptation policies credible? A conceptual and operational assessment framework. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development. 11. (3) 277-296-296. DOI (10.1080/19463138.2019.1583234).
  • 2018
  • De Murieta, E.S., Galarraga, I., Sanz, M.J. 2018. COP23: Technical profile with relevant political support. Dyna (Spain). 93. (1) 22-24-24. DOI (10.6036/8685).
  • Galarraga, I., Sainz De Murieta, E., Markandya, A., Abadie, L.M. 2018. Addendum to 'Understanding risks in the light of uncertainty: Low-probability, high-impact coastal events in cities'. Environmental Research Letters. 13. (2) DOI (10.1088/1748-9326/aaa513).
  • Sainz de Murieta, E., Abadie, L.M., Galarraga, I. 2018. Sea-level rise in the Basque coast, A probabilistic approach. Ekonomiaz. 94. (2) 324-344-344.
  • 2017
  • Abadie, L.M., de Murieta, E.S., Galarraga, I. 2017. Corrigendum: Climate risk assessment under uncertainty: An application to main European coastal cities. [Front. Mar. Sci,(2016),(265),3] DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00265. Frontiers in Marine Science. 4 (JUL) DOI (10.3389/fmars.2017.00211).
  • Abadie, L.M., Galarraga, I., De Murieta, E.S. 2017. Understanding risks in the light of uncertainty: Low-probability, high-impact coastal events in cities. Environmental Research Letters. 12. (1) 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 and Software. 95. 76-89-89. DOI (10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.03.038).
  • 2016
  • Abadie, L.M., de Murieta, E.S., Galarraga, I. 2016. Climate risk assessment under uncertainty: An application to main European coastal cities. Frontiers in Marine Science. 3 (DEC) DOI (10.3389/fmars.2016.00265).

Books and Specials

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

Book chapters

  • 2020
  • Sainz de Murieta, E. 2020 La contribución de las regiones a la política climática. In: EuroBasque - Consejo Vasco del Movimiento Europeo. In: Sostenibilidad en la Europa del S. XXI: económica, ambiental y social. Madrid. Dykinson. 299. ISBN 9788413246680.
  • Sainz de Murieta, E. 2020 Ancillary Benefits of Adaptation: An Overview. In: Buchholz, W.,Markandya, A., Rübbelke, D.,Vögele, S. In: Ancillary benefits of climate policy. Springer Climate. 181-196. ISBN 978-3-030-30977-0.
  • 2017
  • Ibon Galarraga, Elisa Sainz de Murieta and Joan França. 2017 Climate policy at the sub-national level. In: Averchenkova, A., Fankhauser S. and Nachmany, M. In: Trends in Climate Change Legislation. London. Edward Elgar. 232. ISBN 9781786435774.
  • 2015
  • Sainz de Murieta,E., Chiabai, A., Zamora, J.C. 2015 Climate change impacts on water services in Costa Rica: A production function for the hydro-energy sector. In: Chiabai, A. In: Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Forests in Central America: An Ecosystem Service Perspective. 1st ed. Abingdon, UK. Routledge. 224. ISBN 978-0-415-72080-9.
  • Watkiss, et al. 2015 Overview of costs and benefits of adaptation at the national and regional scale . In: OECD. In: Climate Change Risks and Adaptation: Linking Policy and Economics. Paris. OECD Publishing. ISBN 9789264234604.
  • 2014
  • Sainz de Murieta, E., Galarraga, I. and Markandya, A. 2014 Introduction to the Economics of Adaptation. In: Markandya, A., Galarraga, I. and Sainz de Murieta, E. In: Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation. 1st ed. London. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415633116.

Other Publications

  • 2020
  • Sanz, M.J. y Galán, E. (editoras), 2020. Impactos y riesgos derivados del cambio climático en España. Oficina Española de Cambio Climático. Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico, Madrid (https://www.adaptecca.es/sites/default/files/documentos/impactosyriesgosccespanawebfinal_tcm30-518210_0.pdf)
  • 2019
  • COACCH (2019). The Economic Cost of Climate Change in Europe: Synthesis Report on Interim Results. Policy brief by the COACCH project. Editors: Paul Watkiss, Jenny Troeltzsch, Katriona McGlade, Michelle Watkiss. Published October, 2019. (Policy Brief).
  • Sainz de Murieta, E. and Setzer, J. (2019). Climate Change Adaptation in a Multi-level Governance Context: A Perspective from Subnational Governments. Regions4.(https://www.regions4.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Regions4_MLG-Report_fin.pdf)
  • 2018
  • Gonzalez-Eguino, M., Sampedro, J., Galarraga, I. Arto, I., Pizarro- Irizar, C., Sainz de Murieta, E., Sanz-Sanchez, M.J. BC3 contribution to the report: “2018. La transición energética del País Vasco hacia un modelo sostenible” (The energy transition of the Basque Country towards a sustainable model). Ararteko (Basque Ombudsman)
  • Ruiz de Gauna Ruiz de Loizaga, I.,Ansuategi Cobo,A.,Galarraga Gallastegui, I.,Gallastegui Zulaika, M.C.,Sainz de Murieta Zugadi, E. .2018. Crecimiento Verde gestionando la transición hacia una Economía sostenible en Bizkaia (Green Growth managing the transition towards a sustainable Economy in Bizkaia). BC3
  • 2011
  • Elisa Sainz de Murieta. 2011. Reconstrucción paleoambiental a partir del registro geológico en las marismas de Urdaibai: cambios en el nivel del mar. 171-181.

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