Climate change – impacts & adaptation

Integrated economic modeling of adaptation to climate changes

The objective of this research project for the Federal Office for the Environment was to model adaptation to climate changes in GEMINI-E3, the world economic model of our lab, with emphasis on Switzerland and the following sectors: agriculture, tourism, energy, and infrastructures. A climatic module was added to the model, as well as as an explicit description of adaptation to climate changes. This allows studying the economic incidences of climate changes as well as the effects of the adaptation to these changes and its costs and benefits. (2009-2012)


Swiss Database of Climate Change Impacts
We created this open inventory of research on the future impacts of climate change in Switzerland, which was freely accessible. (2008-2014)


Costs of climate change impacts
We have been working for several years on estimating the economic consequences of climate change for Switzerland. It has produced several reports. The main goal of this new research program financed by the Federal Office for the Environment was to bundle, update and complete these earlier assessments with a view to producing a full picture of the economic consequences of climate change impacts in Switzerland by 2050. Secondary goals were developments of the methodology, improvements of the simulation models, and updating of the SWIDCHI-Database of the literature on climate change impacts in Switzerland. The results of this research were useful for the Federal office for the environment (FOEN) in developing the federal adaptation strategy and in preparing the consultation documents for the next revision of the CO2 Act. Report. (2014-2017)


Climate Change Extremes and Adaptation Strategies considering Uncertainty and Federalism
Sinergia research programme, in partnership with economists, hydrologists and geographers from the Universities of Berne and Basel. Our contribution consisted in integrating flood risks into a computable general equilibrium economic simulation model. (2014-2018)