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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.

19th Swiss Climate Summer School 2021

29 August – 3 September 2021
Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

Scope

The 19th International Swiss Climate Summer School focuses on the theme “Vegetation, Land Surfaces and Climate Interactions”.

The purpose of this summer school is to bring early stage researchers in touch with established scientists from different disciplines to address the question how vegetation and the land surface are affected and altered due to climate change, and how the resulting changes feed back to the atmosphere and hydrological processes in the climate system. The carbon cycle, which directly affects the global greenhouse gas budget, and the hydro logical cycle, which is strongly influenced by plant transpiration, are the key relations between vegetation and climate that will be addressed from multiple perspectives during the summer school. The main questions to be addressed in the keynote lectures and discussed in smaller groups within the planned workshops are:

  • How do forests and other ecosystems interact with climate and climate change, and on which temporal and spatial scales?
  • How does water vapor in the atmosphere – the strongest greenhouse gas – depend on vegetation distribution and activity, and how does it relate to anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases?
  • How can we measure CO2 and greenhouse gas fluxes and their driving climate variables to inform and improve computer models?
  • What mitigation options exist to alleviate climate change effects via land use management?
  • How exactly are soil and vegetation–atmosphere interactions represented in climate models, and what research needs exist to increase model prediction skills?

This summer school addresses early stage researchers from the climate, agriculture, and forest ecosystems sciences. In addition to keynote lectures from internationally renowned experts and extensive time for discussions and poster sessions, two half days will be scheduled for parallel workshops. All Summer School participants are expected to present a poster of their research to discuss their own research with the other participants.


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Past Events

Swiss Climate Summer School 2020
Postponed to August 2022

Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society

Postponed to August 2022
Grindelwald, Switzerland

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18th Swiss Climate Summer School 2019

Carbon and climate in the Paris world: getting out of the fossil fuel carbon budget crunch.

8 September – 13 September 2019
Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

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17th Swiss Climate Summer School 2018

Earth system variability through time

26 August - 31 August 2018
Grindelwald, Switzerland

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16th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2017

High-resolution climate: observations, models and projections

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

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15th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2016

Extreme events and climate

28 August - 2 September 2016
Grindelwald, Switzerland

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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
Hochschulstrasse 4
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