- Scientific Director, Basque Centre of Climate Change (BC3)
María J. Sanz is Scientific Director at the Basque Centre of Climate Change (BC3), a Research Centre based in the Basque Country. BC3 aims to contribute to long term research on climate change, while emphasising the bridging of scales and scientific languages, to support policy and decision-making in economically efficient and socially equitable ways.
Her own research agenda focuses on effective land use decisions, the optimal allocation of land resources for sustainable and efficient development.
Prior to joining the BC3, she was UNREDD Programme Coordinator at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Scientific Director of the I2C2, and Senior Officer at the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), supporting Land Use, land Use Change and Forestry, Agriculture and REDD+ negotiations up to 2011.
Before 2007, she was Air Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry Programme Director at the Center for Environmental Studies of the Mediterranean (CEAM), Advisor to the Spanish Minister of Environment and Member of the CDM Executive Board. She also contributed to the development and review of the EU and US Air Pollution Standards.
She was also a lead author of Fourth Assessment Report and the several GHG methodological reports of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.
María holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Valencia, and worked extensively in Air Pollution and Climate Change feedbacks in the Mediterranean Regions after she ended her post-Doctoral grant at Arizona State University.