UHINAK . III Congreso transfronterizo sobre Cambio Climático y Litoral

Programme and speakers

  • All the
    sessions
  • Day oneTuesday, 6
  • Day twoWednesday, 7
  • Congress'
    speakers

Tuesday, 6 march 2018

Day opening

  • Assistants reception and welcome coffee
  • Official opening

Opening keynote lecture

  • Challenges for climate change risk assessment in coastal areas
    Prof. Iñigo Losada, Director of Research IH Cantabria

TRACK I - Climate change challenges

Co-Chair: Ainhoa Caballero, AZTI

Guest speaker

  • Impact assessment of the climate components of rising sea levels on the basque coast, project klimpact.
    Manuel González, AZTI

Oral communications

  • Simulating the local climate within the framework of the European RESCCUE project.
    Robert Monjo, The Foundation for Climate Research (FIC)
  • Historical wave energy trends over the Bay of Biscay.
    Alain Ulazia, University of the Basque Country, Dept. of NE and Fluid Mechanics
  • Eels of southern Europe under future climate change.
    Estibaliz Díaz, AZTI
  • More than three decades (1986-2017) of hydrographic measurements on the Basque continental shelf (southeast of the Bay of Biscay) .
    Almudena Fontán, AZTI
  • GEOLAB Pasaia: Geodetic Infrastructure for Sea Level Studies.
    Joaquin Zurutuza, Aranzadi
  • Extreme weather events and their impact on the coastline in the context of climate change.
    Jonathan Gómez, University of Alicante / CMM
  • The strategies of territorial development in the test of coastal dynamics. From the mobility of the coastline to the spatio-temporal depth of the coastal area.
    Thomas Beillouin, Laboratory OCS - University Paris-Est

Guest speaker

  • Regional marine climate scenarios: their generation and use for assessing impacts in coastal areas.
    Damià Gomis, University of the Balearic Islands

Oral communications

  • The resilience of ecosystems as a concept of coastal management: the common challenges of the legal treatment of the buildings and activities of the areas at risk.
    Jean-René Maxant, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Universidad de Girona, IRD UMR MARBEC
  • Management strategies for the coastal zone along the French Basque coastline.
    Emilio Tena Davila, ISL Ingénierie.

TRACK II - Extreme events and action

Co-Chair: Caroline Lummert, GIS (Scientific Interest Group) Littoral Basque

Guest speakers

  • MAREA : a cross-border research project to improve coastal risks management in the Basque Country .
    Caroline Lummert, GIS (Scientific Interest Group) Littoral Basque
  • Adaptation to climate change in aquitaine: will the proposed measures survive climate change?
    Thomas Bulteau, BRGM/OCA (Observatory of the Coast of Aquitaine)

Oral communications

  • Marine submersion process due to runup on the beaches of Biarritz.
    Denis Morichon, The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour.
  • Incorporation of the climate change to the extremal calculation of flooding in coastal rivers of north-east Spain.
    María Bermúdez, University of A Coruña
  • Coastal hazards and optical observation techniques.
    Agustín Sánchez Arcilla, Laboratory of Maritime Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Consideration of the experience of stormy weather during the winter of 2013-2014 in the management of coastal erosion hazards in Aquitaine.
    Didier Rihouey, Casagec Ingenierie.
  • A database to study storm impact statistics along the Basque Coast.
    Florian Arnoux, The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour.

Guest speakers

  • Local strategy for managing the risk of submersion on the charente marítimo coastline.
    Didier Felts, CEREMA

Wednesday, 7 march 2018

Day opening

  • Assistants reception and welcome coffee

Opening keynote lecture day two

  • Sea-level rise, coastal change and adaptation needs.
    Robert NichollsUniversity of Southampton.

Oral communications

  • A database of storm damages along the French Basque coast.
    Stephan Abadie, Siame Laboratory, The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour
  • Mapping wave attenuation by salt marsh vegetation using WorldView-3 satellite imagery.
    Antoine Collin, EPHE, PSL Research University.
  • Influence of El Niño on extremes of temperature and rainfall in the Basque Country.
    Maialen Martija, Tecnalia.
  • Analysis of the overflow over seawalls..
    María Victoria Moragues, University of Granada

Poster session and visit the exhibition area

TRACK II - Blue economy and climate change mitigation

Co-Chair: Elisa Sainz de Murieta, Basque Center for Climate Change BC3

Guest speaker

  • The basque fishing fleet: strategies for climate change mitigation.
    Gorka Gabiña, AZTI

Oral communications

  • La charta smeralda
    Rafael Sardá, CSIC
  • The impact of ice-melting uncertainty on damage risks for major coastal cities.
    Ibon Galarraga, Basque Center for Climate Change BC3

Guest speaker

  • Evolution and assessment of the coastal strip associated with climate change
    Nicanor Prendes, Spanish Climate Change Office

TRACK IV - Governance and management and decision-making tools

Co-Chair: Beatriz Marticorena, Provincial council of Gipuzkoa

Guest speakers

  • Guipuzcoa´s strategy to fight against climate change: actions on the coast
    Beatriz Marticorena, Provincial council of Gipuzkoa
  • Perception of basque citizens on climate change and energy
    Marian Barquin, Ihobe

Oral communications

  • Application of an XBeachmodel on the Lacanau coastline: anchorage for winter storms 2013-2014 and estimates of recharge volumes in order to limit the future erosion of the dunes.
    Julien Baills, Casagec Ingenierie
  • Oceans Forum, Canary Islands, on the impact of climate change.
    Juan Francisco Betancort, Oceans Forum
  • BAC TRAC: Fecal Bacteria, tracers of sources of fecal pollutants in coastal waters and rivers.
    Caroline Lummert, AIC (Scientific Interest Group) Basque Coastline
  • Hydrodynamics and ecological restoration of depopulated zones of the Arcachon basin, Gironda, France.
    Stéphane Magri, CEREMA
  • Many voices for the protection of the environment and citizens of the oceans: convergence of actors regarding the bay of Biscay (South).
    Milo Villain, University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour / University of the Basque Country

Guest speaker

  • Assessment of issues concerning threats due to erosion in 2050 of the aquitaine coastline.
    Camille ANDRÉ, GIP Littoral Aquitain
The poster area will be open throughout the congress
  • Tool for forecasting floods caused by waves for crisis management of submersion phenomena due to waves. Remy Gasset, Cerema SO.
  • Assessment of Maritime Transport in Egypt for the Recent and the Future Developed Ports by DEA Analysis. Ayman Elsayed, Ain-Shams University
  • Recognition of coastal works from satellite imagery Pierre Laine, Cerema SO
  • The indecision of the legislator and of the French court when determining the limits of the seashore in the maritime-terrestrial public domain. Maeva Szlovik, University of UFR Angers and University of Valencia. .
  • An eco-active museum. Izaskun Suberbiola, Itsas gela – Aula del Mar Association.
  • Statistical short-term wind forecast at a buoy in the Bay of Biscay. Sheila Carreño, Tecnalia.
  • Improvement actions for sustainable development of the Basque beaches. Alberto Santolaria de Castro, Nakusarbe Association.
  • Landscape analysis of the Basque coast. Beñat Iglesias.
LIFE-LEMA project photography exhibition “Facing the Global Challenge of Marine Litter”

The LIFE LEMA project forms part of the EU's LIFE Programme for the Environment and Climate Action and aims to provide local authorities with guidelines and intelligent tools for efficient management of floating marine litter.

The project involves an international working group and has 6 partners, led by the Gipuzkoa Regional Government. The research centres AZTI and RIVAGES PRO TECH-Suez, the public bodies Syndicat Mixte Kosta Garbia and Biarritz City Council and the NGO Surfrider Foundation Europe complete the working team.

On the 25th anniversary of the LIFE Programme and with a view to raising awareness of the problems of floating marine litter and showcasing the different stages of the project, a photographic exhibition entitled “Facing the Global Challenge of Marine Litter” has been organised, consisting of 12 photographs.

Assistants reception and welcome coffee

Official opening

OPENING KEYNOTE LECTURE

Challenges for climate change risk assessment in coastal areas

The description of the lecture will be published shortly

Iñigo Losada

Prof. Iñigo Losada
Director of Research IH Cantabria

TRACK I
Climate change challenges

GUEST SPEAKER

IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE CLIMATE COMPONENTS OF RISING SEA LEVELS ON THE BASQUE COAST, PROJECT KLIMPACT.

The aim of the project is to perform a high precision quantification (mm) of each of the sea level components, taking into account the contribution of each component to the observed rise in recent years and assessing its impact on the Basque coastline. To this end, the various components of the rising sea level on the coastline will be analysed, taking problem areas as pilot zones and with clearly differentiated responses to the processes of sea level rise: vulnerable urban areas with a high incidence of sea-level rise in land-use planning (Bilbao, Zarautz, Donostia-San Sebastian) and port areas (Bermeo).

Manuel González

Manuel González
AZTI

Oral communications

10:35
Simulating the local climate within the framework of the European RESCCUE project.

Robert Monjo
The Foundation for Climate Research (FIC)

10:50
Historical wave energy trends over the Bay of Biscay.

Alain Ulazia
University of the Basque Country, Dept. of NE and Fluid Mechanics

11:05 - 11:35 Networking coffee

11:35
Eels of southern Europe under future climate change.

Estibaliz Díaz.
AZTI

11:50
More than three decades (1986-2017) of hydrographic measurements on the Basque continental shelf (southeast of the Bay of Biscay)

Almudena Fontán
AZTI

12:05
GEOLAB Pasaia: Geodetic Infrastructure for Sea Level Studies.

Joaquin Zurutuza
Aranzadi

12:20
Extreme weather events and their impact on the coastline in the context of climate change.

Jonathan Gómez
University of Alicante / CMM

12:35
The strategies of territorial development in the test of coastal dynamics. From the mobility of the coastline to the spatio-temporal depth of the coastal area

Thomas Beillouin
Laboratory OCS - University Paris-Est

GUEST SPEAKER

REGIONAL MARINE CLIMATE SCENARIOS: THEIR GENERATION AND USE FOR ASSESSING IMPACTS IN COASTAL AREAS.

The attainment of marine climate scenarios at regional level is crucial for decision-making on matters concerning coastal zone management, especially in marginal regions. In this presentation, we will first show how these scenarios are generated from global and regional models, with special emphasis on sea level and waves. We will then illustrate how these scenarios are used for assessing coastal impacts, showing as case studies the different types of beaches and wet areas such as the Delta del Ebro.

Damià Gomis

Damià Gomis
University of the Balearic Islands

13:10 Coloquium

13.30 Networking lunch

Oral communications

15:00
The resilience of ecosystems as a concept of coastal management: the common challenges of the legal treatment of the buildings and activities of the areas at risk.

Jean-René Maxant
Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Universidad de Girona, IRD UMR MARBEC.

15:15
Management strategies for the coastal zone along the French Basque coastline.

Emilio Tena Davila
ISL Ingénierie.

 

TRACK II
Extreme events and action

GUEST SPEAKERS

MAREA: A CROSS-BORDER RESEARCH PROJECT TO IMPROVE COASTAL RISKS MANAGEMENT IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY .

Basque coast has a geomorphological and hydrodynamic coherence that generates identical processes of submersion and erosion on both sides of the border (Spain and France). After the disasters caused by the storms of 2013 and 2014, Basque authorities need to improve local knowledge about coastal risks (erosion and submersion) in order to optimize citizen’s and infrastructures protection when a storm is coming.

Today, several official tools to predict coastal risks exist. However, they deliver alerts on a large-scale of Bay of Biscay, which is not precise enough to define safety campaigns. Therefore, the members of the Scientist Interest Group (GIS) Littoral Basque, including local authorities and scientific structures from the bask coast, have created the cross-border research project MAREA (POCTEFA – FEDER) in order to develop locals and operative alert tools. These ones are capable of predicting erosion and submersion processes on local beaches scales in seven littoral cities, from Bermeo (Spain) to Anglet (France). So, the GIS Littoral Basque drives MAREA with the Communauté d’Agglomération Pays Basque, AZTI fondation, Basque Gouvernement, Universty of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour and Rivages Pro tech -Suez Eau France.

Caroline Lummert

Caroline Lummert
GIS (Scientific Interest Group) Littoral Basque

GUEST SPEAKERS

ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN AQUITAINE: WILL THE PROPOSED MEASURES SURVIVE CLIMATE CHANGE?

Report on the ancient region of Aquitaine, entitled "Les impacts du changement climatíque en Aquitaine" (The effects of climate change in Aquitaine), published in 2013 under the direction of Hervè Le Treut, highlights the vulnerability of the territory of Aquitaine to climate change and the need to develop and incorporate coping strategies, particularly for the risk management of soil and coastline erosion, marine submersion, expansion and contraction of clay soils, mudslides and for the water resources affected (qualitative and quantitative aspects). Following publication of this report in 2015, the Office for Geological and Mining Research (BRGM, abbreviated in French) launched a study as part of the Observatory of the Aquitaine Coast, with support from the New Aquitaine region, the State, and Europe, in order to analyse the question of adaptation to the evolution of natural hazards within the context of climate change in Aquitaine. The purpose of this study is to assess the various adaptation measures, relating them to the changes expected of the natural hazards, with the ultimate aim of having a set of measurement tools which could be used to develop adaptation techniques at local level and to efficiently plan the long-term adaptation. The aim of this intervention is to present the main results of the project.

Thomas Bulteau

Thomas Bulteau
BRGM/OCA (Observatory of the Coast of Aquitaine)

Oral communications

16:20
Marine submersion process due to runup on the beaches of Biarritz.

Denis Morichon
Siame Laboratory - The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour

16:35
Incorporation of the climate change to the extremal calculation of flooding in coastal rivers of north-east Spain.

María Bermúdez
University of A Coruña

16:50
Coastal hazards and optical observation techniques.

Agustín Sánchez Arcilla
Laboratory of Maritime Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

17:05
Consideration of the experience of stormy weather during the winter of 2013-2014 in the management of coastal erosion hazards in Aquitaine.

Didier Rihouey
Casagec Ingenierie.

17:20
A database to study storm impact statistics along the Basque Coast.

Florian Arnoux
The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour.

GUEST SPEAKERS

LOCAL STRATEGY FOR MANAGING THE RISK OF SUBMERSION ON THE CHARENTE MARÍTIMO COASTLINE.

The presented topic focuses on the definition of a territorial strategy for considering the risk of submersion, based on a diagnosis, and for proposing responses from multilevel governance to the management of works, from the knowledge and culture of the risk, to crisis management and the return to normality, the vulnerability and the enduring management of the territory, all on the scale of the different at-risk groups covering three estuaries and with an insular context.

Didier Felts

Didier Felts
CEREMA 

End of the first working day

Assistants reception and welcome coffee

Opening keynote lecture
Day two

Sea-level rise, coastal change and adaptation needs

Coasts concentrate large and growing populations and economies, as well as valuable habitats and their ecosystem services. They are also changing rapidly due to multiple biophysical and socio-economic drivers, such as sediment starvation and urbanisation. This includes global sea-level rise which has a range of potential impacts including higher extreme sea levels (and flooding), coastal erosion, and salinisation of surface and ground waters. This threatens the loss/degradation of large areas of coastal land and associated assets and economic activity, the displacement of millions of people, and significant coastal habitat degradation. There are several adaptation strategies to manage this challenge (e.g. protection, accommodation, planned retreat) and many detailed adaptation options. Their appropriate application can greatly reduce these impacts and promote prosperous and resilient coasts. Adaptation to sea-level rise should take an integrated coastal management philosophy to address wider coastal activities and other stresses. Further, sea-level rise is a long-term issue and adaptation needs are almost certain to grow, indicating the need for a multi-step adaptation pathway approach. In addition to technical dimensions, adaptation requires appropriate institutional capacity and commitment.

>Robert Nicholls

Prof. Robert Nicholls
University of Southampton

Oral communications

09:45
A database of storm damages along the French Basque coast.

Stephan Abadie
Siame Laboratory, The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour

10:00
Mapping wave attenuation by salt marsh vegetation using WorldView-3 satellite imagery.

Antoine Collin
EPHE, PSL Research University

10:15
Influence of El Niño on extremes of temperature and rainfall in the Basque Country.

Maialen Martija
Tecnalia

10:30
Analysis of the overflow over seawalls.

María Victoria Moragues
University of Granada

10:45 Coloquium

11:00 - 12:00
Networking coffee
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Poster session
and visit the exhibition area

POSTERS:

  • Tool for forecasting floods caused by waves for crisis management of submersion phenomena due to waves. Remy Gasset, Cerema SO.
  • Assessment of Maritime Transport in Egypt for the Recent and the Future Developed Ports by DEA Analysis. Ayman Elsayed, Ain-Shams University
  • Recognition of coastal works from satellite imagery Pierre Laine, Cerema SO
  • The indecision of the legislator and of the French court when determining the limits of the seashore in the maritime-terrestrial public domain. Maeva Szlovik, University of UFR Angers and University of Valencia. .
  • An eco-active museum. Izaskun Suberbiola, Itsas gela – Aula del Mar Association.
  • Statistical short-term wind forecast at a buoy in the Bay of Biscay. Sheila Carreño, Tecnalia.
  • Improvement actions for sustainable development of the Basque beaches. Alberto Santolaria de Castro, Nakusarbe Association.
  • Landscape analysis of the Basque coast. Beñat Iglesias.

 

TRACK III
Blue economy and climate change mitigation

GUEST SPEAKER

THE BASQUE FISHING FLEET: STRATEGIES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION.

The aim of the exhibition is to carry out a review of the numerous and varied research work performed by AZTI on energy efficiency for application to the Basque fishing fleet; all this with the aim of implementing strategies and technological alternatives to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, and consequently, the carbon footprint from the fishing industry.

Gorka Gabiña

Gorka Gabiña
AZTI

Oral communications

12:25
La Charta Smeralda

Rafael Sardá
CSIC

12:40
The impact of ice-melting uncertainty on damage risks for major coastal cities.

Ibon Galarraga
Basque Center for Climate Change BC3

GUEST SPEAKER

EVOLUTION AND ASSESSMENT OF THE COASTAL STRIP ASSOCIATED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE

The fragility and sensitivity of the coastline as an active - and changing - morphodynamic system to the natural variations and conditions, and the anthropogenic pressures associated with economic development led to the establishment and legal regulation of the Port Master Plans (R.D. 363/2017, of 8 April. L.A. 11 April 2017) configuring a management framework of the maritime area capable of integrating the activities or potential uses on the coast and their effects with a joint and strategic vision for this coastal strip.

This planning, which also affects coastal waters (Legislative R.D. 1/2001 of 20 July, regulated by Article 2.3 of Law 41/2010 of 29 December), provides the maritime legal context of action, impacting on the sustainable industrial growth associated with this coastal area and in harmony with the marine resources (transition to a low carbon economy in the new sectors, Regulation 1300/2013 of the European Parliament and Council, 17 December 2013 and Blue Growth, reviewed every five years and which includes innovations in ocean energy or Blue Energy, aquaculture, cruise shipping, blue biotechnology, etc., these proposals being based on the Carbon Footprint Compensation Programs).

Nicanor Prendes

Nicanor Prendes
Spanish Office of Climate Change (OECC)

13:20 Coloquium

13:30 Networking lunch

 

TRACK IV
Governance and management and decision-making tools

GUEST SPEAKERS

Guipuzcoa´s strategy to fight against climate change: actions on the coast

The Department of the Environment and Hydraulic Works is currently involved in drawing up and implementing the Gipuzkoa Climate Change Combat Strategy (Gipuzkoa Klima 2050). This strategy echoes that of the Basque Government and consists of review and development of the Gipuzkoa region’s powers (direct and subsidiary), policies and skills most connected with combating climate change, helping Gipuzkoa move towards a green economy-based low-carbon development model.

The short, medium and long-term roadmap includes strategic lines of action geared to energy sustainability, reduction of emissions from mobility and transport, regional resilience through land planning and urban development, the natural environment’s resilience through management of forests, habitats and species, primary sector resilience, reduction of urban waste generation, observation of and research into the impacts of climate change, risk anticipation and improved emergency attention (sea level rise, extreme waves, flooding, supplies, infrastructures, health), promotion of environmental taxation, measures to improve the Regional Government’s internal management (vehicle fleets, energy management system for buildings and facilities, green public procurement), information, education and communication programmes and increasing institutional capacity through the development of a climate change governance model for Gipuzkoa and the creation of the Gipuzkoa Climate Change Foundation.

Within this context and in relation to the impacts of climate change on the Gipuzkoa coast, two very different action plans can be highlighted as part of this strategy:

  • Inclusion of climate change in the beach management model (the Gipuzkoa Integrated Beach Management Plan), in collaboration with the City Councils, AZTI, other relevant actors and the temporary joint venture for beach cleaning Serbitzu-FCC. It will include implementation of a regional beach videometry network, collection of shoreline and sandbank retreat indicators, launch of adaptation measures, risk anticipation and improvement of sandbank emergency surveillance and attention.
  • Within the Gipuzkoa Climate Change Foundation Observatory section, the creation of a Gipuzkoa Coast Observation Line: identification and mapping of the coastal areas exposed to sea level rise and extreme waves, identification of adaptation measures, assessment of the impact of sea level rise on coastal urban centres (urban spaces, construction, road and hydraulic infrastructures) and drafting of recommendations. This observatory line will be based on the regional beach videometry network, which will be progressively extended and improved for this purpose, and also on networking with other relevant players (City Councils, the Basque Government, the Regional Coastal Service, AZTI-Tecnalia, IHOBE, AIC Litoral Basque, etc.).

 

Beatriz Marticorena

Beatriz Marticorena
Provincial council of Gipuzkoa

GUEST SPEAKERS

Perception of basque citizens on climate change and energy

In November 2017 the Basque Country’s first study of the citizens’ perception of energy and the climate change was conducted by the Sociological Research Office of the Basque Government, in collaboration with the Public Environment Management Company Ihobe and the Basque Energy Board (EVE). It was also subsidised by Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián City Councils. The main aim of the study was to measure the Basque population’s attitudes to different aspects of climate change and energy.

Marian Barquin

Marian Barquin
Ihobe

Oral communications

15:50
Application of an XBeachmodel on the Lacanau coastline: anchorage for winter storms 2013-2014 and estimates of recharge volumes in order to limit the future erosion of the dunes.

Julien Baills
Casagec Ingenierie

16:05
Oceans Forum, Canary Islands, on the impact of climate change.

Juan Francisco Betancort
Oceans Forum

16:20
BAC TRAC: Fecal Bacteria, tracers of sources of fecal pollutants in coastal waters and rivers.

Caroline Lummert
GIS (Scientific Interest Group) Littoral Basque

16:35
Hydrodynamics and ecological restoration of depopulated zones of the Arcachon basin, Gironda, France.

Stéphane Magri
CEREMA

16:50
Many voices for the protection of the environment and citizens of the oceans: convergence of actors regarding the bay of Biscay (South).

Milo Villain
University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour / University of the Basque Country.

GUEST SPEAKER

ASSESSMENT OF ISSUES CONCERNING THREATS DUE TO EROSION IN 2050 OF THE AQUITAINE COASTLINE.

The public interest group (GIP) Littoral Aquitain has carried out a study to count the number of issues (accommodation, economic activities, roads and other public infrastructures) that will be threatened by coastal erosion in 2050 and to calculate the economic value of these issues, according to the different management possibilities. The results of this study make it possible to know the possible economic cost of not acting against coastal erosion on the Aquitaine coastline and to emphasize the importance of the economic means necessary to implement local coastal management measures and strategies, both in the areas of active struggle (whether hard or soft) and in the strategic retreat.

Camille André

Camille ANDRÉ
GIP Littoral Aquitain

17:30 CLOSURE

Iñigo Losada

Prof. Iñigo Losada
Director of Research IH Cantabria

Born in Bilbao, Iñigo Losada holds a PhD in Road, Channel and Port Engineering from the University of Cantabria and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware (USA).

He is Professor of Hydraulic Engineering at the Road, Channel and Port ETSI (Higher Technical School of Engineering) at the University of Cantabria and Director of Research at the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics, "IHCantabria".

He has developed a solid research and knowledge transfer career in the fields of coastal and offshore engineering, renewable energies in the marine environment and climate and climatic change on the coastline. He is one of the most prolific and renowned authors in his discipline and has directed 25 research projects under the National Plan or European Programmes. He has also directed and participated in more than 70 technology transfer projects for national and international companies and authorities, having developed tools and methodologies that are currently used in many countries around the world.

Among other positions, he was the Coordinating Lead Author of the 5th IPCC Climate Change Report where he was responsible for the coastal chapter and he is currently contributing to the new report on oceans. He is a member of the Coastal Engineering Research Council (CERC) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and holds the Professional Merit Medal from the College of Road, Channel and Port Engineers and the 2017 ASCE John G. Moffat-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award. He is Chief Editor of the ELSEVIER Coastal Engineering journal and FRONTIERS Ocean Engineering, Technology and Solutions for the Blue Economy magazine.

Manuel González

Manuel González
Azti

Civil Engineer and graduate of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia with 20 years of experience in marine dynamics, data sets and numerical modelling of currents, waves, tide and transport

Damià Gomis

Damià Gomis
University of the Balearic Islands

Damià Gomis holds a PhD in physics and holds the Chair of Physical and Earth Sciences in the Physics Department of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). He is also affiliated to the IMEDEA (Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies, joint center between the UIB and the CSIC). During the last decade his activities have been focused in two lines: The marine dynamics of the Antarctic Ocean and, more important still, the climate variability of the sea level. As part of this last line, his group has obtained a set of regional marine climate scenarios for all Spanish coastlines, a task carried out as part of the National Plan projects and at the request of AEMET and the Spanish Port Authority. The most recent projects have been focused on the impacts of climate change on ports and coasts. In education, he has more than 25 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and is now Head of the Doctoral Program in Physics at the University of the Balearic Islands. In the field of representation he is a member of several national and international committees.

Caroline Lummert

Caroline Lummert
Scientific Coordinator GIS Littoral Basque ( Scientific Interest Group)

Due to her university career and her professional experience, she has a mixed and multidisciplinary profile. After having taken part in several research programmes and having worked for various authorities (metropolitan, provincial, and national area communities) in the area of coastal risks management, she is now in charge of the dynamisation and coordination of the activities of GIS Littoral Basque. Her role primarily involves the engineering of collaborative research projects on the following topics:

  • Improving the quality of water for bathing.
  • Management of the coastline (monitoring erosion, regeneration of beaches, protection work maintenance...)
  • Marine submersion risks management.
  • Dredging and discharge of sediments.
  • Protection and preservation of the coastline.
  • Studies related to the development of renewable marine energy
  • The characterization and management of the coastal line/submergence).
  • Quality assessment of bathing waters (with a logical study of common cause between upstream and downstream waters beneath riverbeds).
  • Preservation of marine and coastline biodiversity (including moving intertidal zones and the retrolitoral area).
  • The use of marine energy.
  • Detection of macro-waste.

The two objectives of the GIS are to support the activity of the scientists working along the Basque coast and to strengthen public action in the area of coastal management against a background of climate change.

Thomas Bulteau

Thomas Bulteau
BRGM/OCA (Observatory of the Coast of Aquitaine)

Thomas Bulteau is a coastal hazards engineer in the New Aquitaine Management of the BRGM. His skills are focused on the study of the threats of coastal erosion, marine submersion, the nature of extreme phenomena and the impact of climate change on coastal hazards.

Didier Felts

Didier Felts
CEREMA 

Engineer responsible for the Public Works of the State, the hydro-hazards group (environment section), expert in the geotechnical field and in natural hazards; contributes substantially to knowledge in the area of risks and threats of Cerema and to the area of operation of New Aquitaine. His fourteen years of experience have enabled him to evolve with respect to his knowledge of hydraulics and modelling in the threats of runoff, flooding, overflow of water flows or marine submersion, with an approach more focused on estuaries (La Gironda, Adour, etc.). His active participation in workshops held at national level on the territories which confront the risks of flooding (for example, Cahors) and his willingness to become involved in other questions relating to planning, whether at the level of the project, the risk group or the territory, have led to his involvement in topics such as vulnerability or resilience, especially those that experiment with the vulnerability diagnostics through research projects (for example, the RAITAP project). He also actively contributes to territorial actions that form part of the flood prevention measurement programs (PAPI, abbreviated in French), especially in the PAPI of intent and in the PAPI of works on the La Gironda estuary, with SMIDDEST.

Robert Nicholls

Prof. Robert Nicholls
University of Southampton

Robert Nicholls leads research and education in coastal engineering. His research is focussed on long-term coastal engineering and management, especially the issues of coastal impacts and adaptation to climate change, with an emphasis on sea-level rise. This work occurs at all scales from local research in the Solent, up to global assessments. A major recent theme of research is the future of deltaic areas which are the most threatened coastal setting in the coming century. He has also been involved in a number of international assessments, and in particular the International Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was awarded the Roger Revelle Medal by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in 2008. This recognises 'outstanding contributions to the ocean sciences by inspired researchers who communicate their knowledge and global vision of the challenges facing our Planet in order to shape a better future for humankind'.  Currently, he is co-lead of the World Climate Research Programme Grand Challenge on 'Regional sea-level change and coastal impacts' which organised 'Sea Level 2017' at Columbia University in July 2017. Robert is a member of the Editorial Board of the new journal “Anthropocene Coasts”

Gorka Gabiña

Gorka Gabiña
AZTI

Industrial Engineer at Bilbao University Technical College of Engineering. He holds a PhD in Thermal Engineering in Alternative Fuels for Medium Speed Diesel Engines from the University of the Basque Country. Since 2008, he has worked as a researcher in the Sustainable Fishing Technology Department of AZTI in fishing technology, safety and energy efficiency, with the latter his main research line. In this regard, he has taken part in and coordinated several projects relating to the improvement of energy efficiency in fishing and sea-going vessels, within the scope of sustainable energy sources, management and control of energy consumption, alternative fuels, propulsion, recovery of residual heats and energy audits. In turn, he participates in studies for the control and mitigation of marine resources and also works on the development of technological prototypes in marine environment monitoring.

Nicanor Prendes

Nicanor Prendes
Spanish Climate Change Office

The information about Nicanor Prendes will be published shortly

Beatriz Marticorena

Beatriz Marticorena
Provincial council of Gipuzkoa

Degree in Biology, specialising in Fundamental Biology. UPV (Technical University of Valencia), 1987 Head of the Environmental Service at Gipuzkoa Regional Government. 30 years’ professional experience in different environmental fields, promoting sustainability policies, mainly in the following areas: landscape and environmental resource analysis, training environmental technicians, environmental impact assessment, restoration of run-down areas, recreation area management, development of sustainable mobility and cycling policies, planning/construction and management of shared cycle/pedestrian paths, sustainable energy and combating climate change, beach management, Local Agenda 21 and governance for sustainability, and environment and nature dissemination.
Camille André

Camille André
GIP Littoral Aquitain

Camille André is in charge of the mission to manage the coastal risks in the Aquatic Liquefied GIP, public interest group formed in Aquitaine from the state services, the Regional Council, the three Departmental Councils and all the inter-municipalities of the coastline. She is mainly responsible for activating the regional management strategy for the coastal zone suspended in 2012 and for collaborating with communities in the preparation and implementation of seven local management strategies for the coastal area of ​​the Aquitaine coastline.

Doctor in geography and specialist in the economic assessment for managing coastal hazards. Her previous work has dealt with the modelling of the cost of damages relating to marine submersion, especially of storm Xynthia in Vendée and Charente Marítimo. In her capacity as head of research on the Languedoc-Rosellón coastline, she has participated in numerous research projects applied to models used for strategic retreat.

She now plays a role providing expertise and advice to local communities when taking decisions regarding the management of coastal hazards, as well as to the regional partners in order to guide them and assist them with the financing of their action programs and she participates in the execution of integrated public policies for long-term development of the coastline.

Marian Barquin

Marian Barquin
IHOBE

My name is Marian Barquín. I am an Industrial Engineer specialising in Chemistry, although my career has always been geared to Environmental Protection. I have worked at the Public Environment Management Company Ihobe for more than 25 years, where I have formed part of different teams and been involved in different projects. For the last few years I have been the coordinator of Ihobe’s Climate Change team. Our team’s work focuses on developing and deploying the Basque Climate Change Strategy to 2050, supervised by the Government’s Natural Heritage and Climate Change Directorate. This involves contacting people and teams from the knowledge industry, local government and companies, seeking meeting and collaboration spaces in order to achieve the Strategy’s goals.

Thanks to my work, I represent the Basque Country at the Pyrenees Climate Change Observatory and am a member of the Uhinak Technical Committee. All these spaces help us pool knowledge and develop demonstration projects for a climate change adapted low-carbon economy in the Basque Country.

Simultaneous translation into Spanish, English and French will be provided for all sessions

Uhinak Congress is promoted by FICOBA and AZTI TECNALIA, which has the support of a scientific committee and contributors who make it possible.

/ Organizers

FICOBA AZTI Tecnalia

/ Sponsors

Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa Region Aquitaine Gobierno Vasco Communauté d'Agglomération Pays Basque Communauté d'Agglomération Pays Basque

/ Collaborater

International Association for Hydro-Environment engineering and Research Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos

/ Members of the board of the Ficoba Foundation

Ayuntamiento de Irun Gobierno Vasco Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa Ayuntamiento de San Sebastian Hendaia Cámara de comercio de Gipuzkoa Bayonne Pays Basque Txingudi