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Academic Background

Caridad (Cari) Ballesteros is a multidisciplinary researcher in coastal risks. Originally from Spain, Cari did her PhD at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona with a focus on developing methodologies to assess and manage coastal erosion and flood risks at different temporal and spatial scales along the Catalan coast (Spain). Since moving to the UK in 2017, Cari was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Bournemouth University working on the development of coastal vulnerability indicators for the East African Coast. During this time, she played an important role in the creation of partnerships and capacity building with universities in Mozambique, running the first citizen science project for beach monitoring.

Cari now joins the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research as a Senior Research Associate within the EU-funded PROTECT Project (PROJECTING SEA-LEVEL RISE: FROM ICE SHEETS TO LOCAL IMPLICATIONS). The objective of PROTECT is to assess and project changes in the land-based cryosphere, with fully quantified uncertainties, to produce robust global, regional and local projections of SLR for a range of timescales. Cari will be working with Prof Robert Nicholls in collaboration with the Berlin-based Global Climate Forum and other partners of the project, on the implications of SLR scenarios at global and regional scales, in terms of risks, adaptation needs and other consequences across the full range of timescales - from 2020 to 2500 - using the DIVA (Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment) Model.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Award Date: 17 Jul 2017

Master of Science, Universidad Rovira i Virgili

Award Date: 11 Sep 2012

Bachelor of Science, University of Valencia

Award Date: 11 Sep 2009

Bachelor of Science, Universidad de Cádiz

Award Date: 10 Mar 2006


  • Climate Change / Climate Science
  • Coastal management
  • Hazards and risk
  • SLR
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Risk assessment
  • Vulnerability
  • GIS
  • Land use planning
  • Oceanography
  • Marine and coastal governance
  • Physical geography
  • Environmental Social Sciences
  • Community perceptions

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