In order to minimise the impact of climate change on resources, ecosystems and coastal urban areas, AZTI specialises in:
- Definition of adaptation criteria and contingency plans to fight against climate change.
- Monitoring and processing of physical, chemical and biological variables using own or external networks (e.g. tide gauges, remote sensing).
- Statistical analysis of time series and validation of climate, oceanographic, geomorphological and ecological models (habitat of species, communities, ecosystem).
- Future scenario simulation: regional scenarios at physical (geomorphological models) and ecological level (coupling of habitat and geomorphological models to climate change); handling of global scenarios (e.g. AOGCM models).
- Scenario simulation and guidance on climate-ocean regime shift and species migration.
- Impact and vulnerability assessment and coastal adaptation: urban environment, natural physical environment, ecosystems, species migration, habitat change, marine resources.
- Effect on goods and services provided by ecosystems and socio-economic cost effectiveness of adaptation.
- Risk mapping of impacts and vulnerability indicators.
- Climate change adaptation consultancy (land-use planning, ecosystem conservation).
Climate change impact awareness enables potential actions to be predicted, anticipating the effects of sea level rise (flooding, etc.) in urban areas
- Public Administrations (city councils, governments, etc.).
- Fisheries sector.
- Tourist sector.
- Energy sector.
- Minimise impact of climate change on resources, ecosystems and coastal urban areas.
- Predict potential actions, anticipating the effects of sea level rise (flooding, etc.) in urban areas.
- Spatial planning in accordance with future sea level rise, extreme wave projections, ocean warming.
- Preserve habitats of Community interest, vulnerable species and ecosystems in line with expected sea level rise, estuarine and beach morphodynamic changes, migration of species due to displacement of suitable habitat.
- Anticipate salinisation and sewerage problems in cities and coastal towns.
At the Uhinak conference, we brought together more than a hundred scientists and managers to address the challenges of climate change
- Over 15 years experience (since 2003).
- Organization of UHINAK, Cross-Border Conference on Climate and Coastal Change.
- Global climate model analysis techniques.
- Species habitat models.
- Multi-habitat models.
- Time series analysis techniques.
- Hydromorphodynamic model for estuaries.
- Flooding models based on sea level rise and variability.
- Remote spatial (satellite) and airborne sensors.
- Geographic Information Systems Community and connectivity analysis techniques.
- Multi-disciplinary work team: physical, chemical and biological oceanography, ecology, socio-economics, genetics, geography, geology.