National Centre of Competence in Research Climate
Since 2001, the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Climate gathers researchers, including atmospheric physicists, historians, biologists and economists, who share the common goal to better understand climate systems and hence the climate changes along with their consequences on ecological systems and society. The NCCR Climate provides answers to the government and society in order to face the changes and it shows, for example, how the economy can adapt to these new realities. Its research encompasses the reconstruction of past climate, the development of procedures for seasonal forecasting, the study of key physical, chemical and ecological processes, and the impact of climate risks on the economy and society. Concerted research in these four areas is designed to develop along three major cross-cutting themes: the hydrological cycle, extreme events, the assessment of climate risks, and the management of climate risks. Among NCCR's tools, there are scientific observations (for example, the interactions between soil and grass during periods of drought, studied using environmental surveys and measurements necessary in order to better understand the climate system) and complex climate models (developed from scratch, or adaptation of existing models, which are applicable on a global scale, for use on a regional level). With the help of these tools, NCCR Climate researchers analyse today's climate, study past climates and provide forecasts for the future, taking into account the global processes as well as the regional and local effects.
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Data notesRating of data accuracy (find out more): Imported
Data sources consulted: Think tank list