Unidad de excelencia «María de Maeztu» (MDM-2015-0552).
Entitat financiadora Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (MINECO)
Durada 2016-2019
Investigadors responsables Patrizia Ziveri. Garants: Dr Xavier Gabarrell, Dr Joan Rieradevall
Resum The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology was accredited as María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence 2015 (MDM-2015-0552) by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The award is the highest institutional recognition of scientific research in Spain. This programme, which aims to recognise excellence in stable research centres and includes a grant of 2 million Euros over four years, confirms ICTA-UAB as a leading research institute focused on environmental science and global change. The Scientific Director is Prof. Patrizia Ziveri. ICTA-UAB is implementing a Strategic Research Programme (2016-2019) intended to consolidate its scientific capabilities, contribute to the leadership of Spanish research and act as an international pole of attraction for talent. The plan addresses major global environmental and sustainability challenges related to anthropogenic climate change, focusing on establishing the current state of knowledge on climate change and its socio-economic impacts, and on putting forward transformative solutions at the local and regional levels. ICTA researchers follow a trans-disciplinary approach that ranges from the natural sciences to engineering and social sciences. At the interface of the above wide themes the centre works with 5 multi-disciplinary strategic projects for the period 2016-2019, which combine natural, social and engineering aspects of climate change science and of the problem’s prospective solutions: Translating natural science insights on climate change into models that can be used for systems and synergy analyses. Project leader: Prof. Eric Galbraith. Integrating socio-economic and policy studies with natural science studies (including modelling simulations and projections) to enhance consilience of climate policy science. Theme leader: Prof. Jeroen van den Bergh. Combining engineering and economic-policy analysis to provide more complete information for policy makers about costs and rebound of technological design for climate solutions. Theme leader: Prof. Xavier Gabarrell. Perceptions of impacts of Climate change, including: a large number of potential impacts (impacts on biodiversity, health, subjective wellbeing, productivity) and a diversity of actors from indigenous peoples, rural people, or people in cities. Theme leader: Prof. Victoria Reyes-García. Understanding bottom-up and top-down approaches in fostering a transition to a low-carbon economy. Theme leader: Prof. Gio
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