School of Earth and Environment

Marta Bruno Soares Dr Marta Bruno Soares

Met Office University Academic Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31635
Email address: M.Soares@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 9.118

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute

Biography

I joined the Sustainability Research Institute in December 2012 as a research fellow. I'm also an associate researcher at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP).

I'm currently a PI on a H2020 project 'Turning climate-related information into added value for traditional MEDiterranean Grape, OLive and Durum wheat food systems' (2017-2021), a PI on a Coperncius Climate Chnage Service contract on 'User Leraning Services' (2018-2021) and a PI in a Newton Fund Climate Science for Service Partnership project looking at priorities for urban climate services development in China (2017-2019).

I'm a also Co-I on a Copernicus Climate Change Service (climate.copernicus.eu) contract 'Quality Assessment Strategies for Multi-Model Seasonal Forecasts' (QA4Seas; 2016-2018) where I lead the work on the assessment of user needs with regard to seasonal forecast systems.

Previously, I was involved in a Copernicus Climate Change Service (climate.copernicus.eu) contract 'Sector engagement for C3S, Translating European User Requirements' (SECTEUR; 2016-2017) where I lead the work on the engagement and assessment of user requirements and climate information needs across European sectors. I was also involved in the EU FP7 project 'European Provision Of Regional Impacts Assessments on Seasonal and decadal timescales' (EUPORIAS; 2012-2017) where I coordinated the assessment of users' needs with regard to seasonal to decadal climate predictions across European sectors. I was also involved in the assessment of the value of seasonal forecasts for decision-making and in the development of the Land Management Tool to support farming-related decisions in the UK.

Prior to my work at Leeds, I completed my PhD in Scotland on climate change vulnerability and adaptation funded by the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment, and Society (SAGES). The PhD contributed to current understanding and knowledge of climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVA) by exploring the main challenges of performing a CCVA in Scotland and, at a more conceptual level, how the conceptual and analytical elements of CCVA described in the literature as critical can be pursued in practice, and the existing agency at the local level in Scotland to act upon the outcomes of such assessments.

Before coming to academia I worked as a policy planner in the UK focusing on developing climate change planning policies at the local level and working on related activities (public consultation, strategic environmental assessment, GIS, and monitoring).

Qualifications

  • PhD on Climate change vulnerability and adaptation (University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh University)
  • MSc in Spatial Planning (Oxford Brookes University)
  • BSc in Environmental Management (Universidade Atlantica)

Research Interests

  • Climate services
  • The value of climate information in decision-making processes
  • Science-policy interface
  • Seasonal to decadal climate predictions
  • Climate change vulnerability, adaptation, and governance

Publications

Bruno Soares, M., Daly, M. and Dessai, S. (2018). Assessing the value of seasonal climate forecasts in decision-making. WIRES Climate Change. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.523

Troccoli, A., Bruno Soares, M., Dubus, L., Haupt, S., Boulahya, M.S., Dorling, S. (2018). Forging a dialogue between the energy industry and the meteorological community in Troccoli, A. (ed.) Weather and Climate Services for the Energy Industry. Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-3-319-68418-5.pdf

Falloon, P., Bruno Soares, M., Manzanas, R. et al. (2017). The LMTool: The EUPORIAS Climate Service for Land Management in Southwest UK. Climate Services. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2017.08.002

Buontempo, C., Hanlon, H., Bruno Soares, M., Christel, I. et al. (2017). What have we learnt from EUPORIAS Climate Services prototypes? Climate Services. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2017.06.003

Bruno Soares, M. (2017). Assessing the value of seasonal climate forecasts in land-management decisions in the UK: challenges and reflections. Advances in Science and Research. http://www.adv-sci-res.net/14/175/2017/

Bruno Soares, M., Alexander, M., and Dessai, S. (2017). Sectoral use of climate information in Europe: a synoptic overview. Climate Services. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405880717300018

Bruno Soares, M. & Dessai, S. (2016). Barriers and enablers to the use of seasonal climate forecasts amongst organisations in Europe. Climatic Change, issue 1-2, pp. 89 - 103. DOI: 10.1007/s10584

Bruno Soares, M., Bosi, L. et al. 2016. Evaluation of the value and impacts of using seasonal climate forecasts in deciison-making processes. EUPORIAS project, Deliverables D41.3. and 41.4. University of Leeds and the World Food Programme.

Alexander, M., Bruno Soares, M. and Dessai, S. 2016. Ascertaining multi-sector requirements of climate information and impact indicators across Europe: summary of the online multi-lingual survey questions, rationale and dissemination. SECTEUR contract for the Copernicus Climate Change Service. University of Leeds.

Soubeyroux, J-M., Bruno Soares, M., et al. 2016. Preliminary guidance document on the evaluation of the decison-making process value. EUPORIAS project D41.2. Meteo-France.

Bruno Soares, M. & Dessai, S. (2015). Exploring the use of seasonal climate forecasts in Europe through expert elicitation. Climate Risk Management, vol. 10, pp. 8-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crm.2015.07.001

Dessai, S. and Bruno Soares, M. 2015. Report summarising users’ needs for S2D predictions. European Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale. University of Leeds.

Dessai, S. and Bruno Soares, M. 2014. Reconciling scientific capability with current and potential user needs at the seasonal to inter-annual timescale in Europe. Workshop report. European Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale. University of Leeds. Available at: http://www.euporias.eu/system/files/D12.4_Final.pdf

Bruno Soares, M. & Dessai, S. (2014) On the use of seasonal to decadal climate predictions for decision-making in Europe. Working Paper Series, number 62, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds. Available at: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/research/sri/working-papers/

Dessai, S & Bruno Soares, M. 2014. Preliminary report on surveys of users' needs. European Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale. University of Leeds.

Dessai, S & Bruno Soares, M. 2013. Preliminary report on users' needs. European Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale. University of Leeds.

Dessai, S. & Bruno Soares, M. 2013. Climate services providers and users' needs Workshop report. European Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale. University of Leeds. Available at: http://www.euporias.eu/system/files/D12.2_Final.pdf

Dessai, S. & Bruno Soares, M. 2013. Systematic literature review on the use of seasonal to decadal climate and climate impacts predictions across European sectors. European Provision Of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale, Deliverable D12.1. University of Leeds. Available at: http://www.euporias.eu/system/files/D12.1_Final.pdf

Bruno Soares, M. (2013) Performing climate change vulnerability assessments at the local level in Scotland: Challenges, analytical trade-offs, and implications for local adaptation, PhD Thesis (unpublished), University of the West of Scotland.

Bruno Soares, M., and Gagnon, A. (2012) Reflecting on the challenges and barriers of performing climate change vulnerability assessments in Scotland, International Journal Global Warming, Vol. 4, Nos. 3/4, pp.346–364. DOI: 10.1504//IJGW.2012.049434

Bruno Soares, M., Gagnon, A., Doherty, R. (2012), Conceptual elements of climate change vulnerability assessments: a review, International Journal of Climate Strategies and Management, Vol. 4 (1), pp. 6-35. DOI: 10.1108/17568691211200191. This article also appears in the Emerald Gems Series "New perspectives in climate change" See: http://books.emeraldinsight.com/display.asp?K=9781785608797

Bruno Soares M. 2011. Doing a jigsaw with pieces missing - the data challenges of performing climate change vulnerability assessments. Proceedings of the Global Conference on Global Warming 2011. July 11-14, Lisbon, Portugal.

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