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Weather and climate risks – towards strengthening societal resilience



Hörsaal SLF Davos (video-link to WSL Birmensdorf)

Organized by:

Rosmarie Büchi


Prof. Dr. David Bresch, Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich

Moderated by:

Jürg Schweizer



Type of event:

Distinguished Lectures

Target audience:

everyone interested in this topic

Prof. Dr. David Bresch

Improving the resilience of our societies in the face of volatile weather and climate change is an urgent priority today and will increase in importance in the decades to come. The climate of the past is by no means a sufficient basis for decisions going forward. Never in history has society known so much about the processes that shape weather impacts today and been able obtain a wealth from forward-looking weather and climate information – yet pre-emptive (and precautionary) action to manage weather and climate-related impacts is not always taken. While measures exist to adapt to an ever-changing environment, decision makers need the facts to identify the most cost-effective instruments, they need to know the potential weather and climate-related damages over the coming decades, to identify measures to mitigate these risks – and to decide whether the benefits will outweigh the costs. The Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA) methodology provides decision makers with a fact base to answer these questions in a systematic way. It enables them to understand and quantify the impact of climate change and to identify actions to minimize that impact at lowest cost. The application of a worldwide consistent, yet locally specific methodology to strengthen climate resilience therefore allows integrating adaptation with economic development and sustainable growth.