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History and Objectives

Swiss Climate Research is a consortium of leading Swiss institutions in Climate and Climate Change research. Swiss Climate Research emerged from the National Center of Excellence in Climate Research (NCCR Climate 2001-2013, Swiss National Science Foundation). Founder members of Swiss Climate research are the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern (www.oeschger.unibe.ch), the Center for Climate Systems Modeling at ETHZ (www.c2sm.ethz.ch/), MeteoSwiss (www.meteoswiss.admin.ch) and ProClim of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (www.naturalsciences.ch/organisations/proclim).

Swiss Climate Research is committed to continuing education. The flagship events are the Swiss Climate Summer Schools that are jointly organized and have taken place since 2002. The Summer Schools are open to young researchers worldwide. Participation is highly competitive and limited to 70 participants.

16th International Swiss Climate Summer School

3 - 8 September 2017
Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ticino, Switzerland

Scope

The 16th International Swiss Climate Summer School focuses on 'High-resolution climate: observations, models and projections'. With the advent of satellites and high-performance computing, the resolution of climate information is dramatically increasing. This development is of critical importance from a societal point of view. It will improve the representation of key processes, weather systems and extreme events; reduce uncertainties in climate projections; and facilitate the use of climate information for mitigation and adaptation measures.
Topics covered will include:

  • What observational methodologies provide high-resolution data?
  • How suitable are current global and regional climate models for high-resolution application?
  • What is the role of high resolution in representing extreme events such as heat waves, droughts, windstorms and floods?
  • How can we exploit the highly parallel and heterogeneous hardware architectures of emerging generations of high-performance supercomputers?
  • How can high-resolution information be used to inform decision processes in the context of a changing climate?

The Summer School invites young researchers from all fields of climate research. The courses cover a broad spectrum of cutting-edge climate research and foster cross-disciplinary links. Each topic includes keynote plenary lectures and workshops with in-depth discussion in smaller groups. All Summer School participants are expected to present a poster of their research. There will be ample opportunity for discussion.

Detailed information and application form

Past Events

14th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2015

Extreme events and climate

23 August - 28 August 2015
Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

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13th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2014

Linking Land Use, Land Cover, and Climate

31 August - 5 September 2014
Grindelwald, Switzerland

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12th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2013

From Climate Reconstructions to Climate Predictions

1 - 6 September 2013
Grindelwald, Switzerland

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11th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2012

The Water Cycle in a Changing Climate: Observations, Scenarios, Impacts

9 - 14 September 2012
Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ticino, Switzerland

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10th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2011

Climate Change, Extremes and Ecosystem Services

4 - 9 September 2011
Grindelwald, Switzerland

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9th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2010

Adaptation and Mitigation: Responses to Climate Change

29 August - 3 September 2010
Grindelwald, Switzerland

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8th International NCCR Climate Summer School with participation of IGBP-PAGES 2009

Climate variability, forcings, feedbacks and responses: the long-term perspective

30 August - 4 September 2009
Grindelwald, Switzerland

7th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2008

Key challenges in climate variability and change

31 August - 5 September 2008
Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ticino, Switzerland

6th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2007

Land Surface - Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Climate

26 - 31 August 2007
Grindelwald, Switzerland

5th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2006

Adaptation and Mitigation: Responses to Climate Change

27 August - 1 September 2006
Grindelwald, Switzerland

4th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2005

From the Holocene to the Anthropocene: Climate of the Last 1000 Years

27 August - 2 September 2005
Grindelwald, Switzerland

3th International NCCR Climate Summer School 2004

Variability: From Observation to Prediction

29 August - 3 September 2004
Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ticino, Switzerland

2nd International NCCR Climate Summer School 2003

Climate Change: Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems

30 August - 6 September 2003
Grindelwald, Switzerland

1st International NCCR Climate Summer School 2002

Climate Variability, Predictability and Climate Risks

7 - 14 September 2002
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Contact and Board Members

University of Bern
Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research
Falkenplatz 16
3012 Bern
info@oeschger.unibe.ch

Board Members

  • Dr. Karin Ammon, Proclim
  • Prof. Christof Appenzeller, MeteoSwiss
  • Prof. Stefan Brönnimann, OCCR
  • Prof. Martin Grosjean, OCCR
  • Prof. Niki Gruber, C2SM
  • Prof. Fortunat Joos, OCCR
  • Prof. Christoph Schär, C2SM
  • Dr. Christna Schnadt Poberaj, C2SM
  • Prof. Thomas Stocker, OCCR