Adolfo Eraso graduated (Licenciatura) in Chemistry from Madrid’s Complutense University (1957), where he also earned a Diploma in General and Applied Hydrogeology (1967), a Diploma in Applied Geomorphology (1974) and a Diploma in Analog Measurement Systems (1974). In 1975, he received a PhD with Honours in Geology from the Complutense.
He has been a member of the New York Academy of Sciences since 1994 and was the first Spanish member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2002). He has obtained numerous awards and recognitions over his long professional career, including the Gold Medal of the Spanish Mountaineering Federation (1977), Honorary Member of the Cuban Speleological Society (1983), Member of the Spanish Olympic Committee (1984-1993), Honorary Member of the International Union of Speleology UIS (1986) and Medal of the University of Oviedo (1994). In Navarre, he has been named “Estellés of the year” (1994) and awarded the Medal of the Navarrese Athenaeum (1995).
His main areas of research centre on oil drilling, applied geology and geotechnics, applied hydrogeology and the environment, physical-chemical processes in nature and glaciology, a subject in which he is acknowledged as a world authority thanks to his work on sub-glacial drainage and glacial regression, and their effects on climate change.
Since 2001, Adolfo Eraso has been co-Director, together with Carmen Domínguez, of the GLACKMA Project, a programme that uses glaciers as natural sensors of trends in global warming. This work has earned him recognition by the Spanish Geographical Society, which awarded him its National Prize this year.
He is the author of more than 500 scientific articles in various national and foreign journals, more than 300 professional reports for different companies and some twenty books in collaboration with other authors. Doctor Eraso designed the Prediction Method for the Principal Directions of Drainage in Karst and other Anisotropic Environments (1985-1986), which has been applied on more than 100 occasions in different parts of Europe, Latin America, North Africa, the Middle East, polar regions and China. This method is currently being taught at the Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse (France) and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, to name just two academic institutions.
He is an expert mountaineer and speleologist, and, as a sportsman, is a member of the Spanish Olympic Committee. He was one of the first people to enter and study the Chasm of San Martín. He has drawn up Karst maps of almost all of Navarre’s caves, combining his interest in sport and science.
Adolfo Eraso is the eleventh person to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Public University of Navarre, after Manuel Losada Villasante (1997), Ángel G. Jordán Goñi (2000), Joseph D. Novak (2001), Enrique Sánchez-Monje y Perallada (2004), Rafael Moneo Vallés (2007), Pedro Miguel Etxenike (2008), Richard Serra (2009), Montxo Armendáriz (2010), Agustín González Acilu (2011) and Enric Trillas (2013).