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Sonia Quiroga     Senior Scientist or Principal Investigator 
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Sonia Quiroga published an article in December 2018.
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Teppo Hujala

79 shared publications

Natural Resources Institute Finland, Bio-Based Business and Industry, Helsinki, Finland

Gerhard Weiss

27 shared publications

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

Aline Chiabai

25 shared publications

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3); Leioa Spain

Gun Lidestav

18 shared publications

Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden

Cristina Suárez

16 shared publications

Department of Statistics, Economic Organization and International Economic Organization, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain

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Article 4 Reads 0 Citations Understanding the drivers for Natura 2000 payments in forests: A Heckman selection analysis Zuzana Sarvašová, Sonia Quiroga, Cristina Suárez, Tamás Ali,... Published: 01 December 2018
Journal for Nature Conservation, doi: 10.1016/j.jnc.2018.07.003
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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation The nexus between climate change, ecosystem services and human health: Towards a conceptual framework Aline Chiabai, Sonia Quiroga, Pablo Martínez-Juárez, Sahran ... Published: 01 September 2018
Science of The Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.323
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This paper addresses the impact that changes in natural ecosystems can have on health and wellbeing focusing on the potential co-benefits that green spaces could provide when introduced as climate change adaptation measures. Ignoring such benefits could lead to sub-optimal planning and decision-making. A conceptual framework, building on the ecosystem-enriched Driver, Pressure, State, Exposure, Effect, Action model (eDPSEEA), is presented to aid in clarifying the relational structure between green spaces and human health, taking climate change as the key driver. The study has the double intention of (i) summarising the literature with a special emphasis on the ecosystem and health perspectives, as well as the main theories behind these impacts, and (ii) modelling these findings into a framework that allows for multidisciplinary approaches to the underlying relations between human health and green spaces. The paper shows that while the literature based on the ecosystem perspective presents a well-documented association between climate, health and green spaces, the literature using a health-based perspective presents mixed evidence in some cases. The role of contextual factors and the exposure mechanism are rarely addressed. The proposed framework could serve as a multidisciplinary knowledge platform for multi-perspecitve analysis and discussion among experts and stakeholders, as well as to support the operationalization of quantitative assessment and modelling exercises.
BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations The Value of Meteorological Information in Agrarian Producers’ Decision Making: Introducing Analytic Decision Models Emilio Cerdá, Sonia Quiroga, Pablo Martinez-Juarez Published: 01 January 2018
Economic Tools and Methods for the Analysis of Global Change Impacts on Agriculture and Food Security, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-99462-8_4
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Understanding private forest owners’ conceptualisation of forest management: Evidence from a survey in seven European co... Diana Feliciano, Laura Bouriaud, Elodie Brahic, Philippe Deu... Published: 01 August 2017
Journal of Rural Studies, doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.06.016
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CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 4 Reads 0 Citations <strong>Mapping coffee producers&rsquo; transition to cocoa as a response to global change: smallholders&rsquo; water ne... Sonia Quiroga, Cristina Suarez, Juan Diego Solís, Pablo Mart... Published: 22 November 2016
The 1st International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences, doi: 10.3390/ecws-1-e004
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Coffee producers in Mesoamerica are already facing some of the expected challenges arising from pressures derived by climate change, principally lowered water supply. Some farmers have implemented strategies of adaptation based on crop diversification, being the introduction of cocoa one of the main alternatives. The focus of this research is to analyse coffee producers’ perceptions on changing from coffee to cocoa as an adaptation strategy. This research tries to find the factors that smallholders take into account when facing the decision of introducing cocoa. Here we simulate the farmers’ response to climate factors and water needs, also considering its relationship with humankind, specially through variables related to economic and social development. Farmers’ perceptions were extracted via a specifically designed questionnaire applied to 219 small coffee producers in the departments of Esteli and Jinotega in Nicaragua. A Multivariate probit econometric model was estimated to analyse diversification through three simultaneous equations—for climatic, economic and social development drivers.  Marginal effects of these drivers were calculated and used to simulate farmers’ response to global change scenarios. Regional distribution of crop diversification probability was mapped considering different global change scenarios. The importance of climatic factors over the decision process is, as data shows, higher than social and economic issues. The environmental implications of this change, such as deforestation, have also been discussed.

Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Climate change and drought effects on rural income distribution in the Mediterranean: a case study for Spain Sonia Quiroga, Cristina Suárez Published: 15 June 2016
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, doi: 10.5194/nhess-16-1369-2016
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This paper examines the effects of climate change and drought on agricultural incomes in Spanish rural areas. Present research has focused on the effects of these extreme climatological events through response functions, considering effects on crop productivity and average incomes. Among the impacts of droughts, we focused on potential effects on income distribution. The study of the effects on abnormally dry periods is therefore needed in order to perform an analysis of diverse social aspects in the long term. We estimate crop production functions for a range of Mediterranean crops in Spain and we use a measure of the decomposition of inequality to estimate the impact of climate change and drought on yield disparities. Certain adaptation measures may require a better understanding of risks by the public to achieve general acceptance. We provide empirical estimations for the marginal effects of the two impacts considered: farms' average income and income distribution. Our estimates consider crop production response to both biophysical and socio-economic aspects to analyse long-term implications on competitiveness and disparities. As for the results, we find disparities in the adaptation priorities depending on the crop and the region analysed.