The temperature is rising and rain is falling less frequently in the summer. This trend will continue in the coming decades, and not without repercussions for Swiss agriculture.
A warmer climate harbours both risks and opportunities for Swiss agriculture.
© Gabriela Brändle, ART
“This summer we’ve once again experienced record temperatures, and the drought has led to major problems throughout the country.” This is how a press release might look in Switzerland in 2050. The increased frequency of heat, drought and heavy rainfalls, as outlined in climate scenarios for Switzerland, could lead in the foreseeable future to an increase in weather risks. Suitable measures for adapting agriculture to the new conditions are essential in order to preserve quantity and quality of harvest products in the face of these challenges. The sustainable use of water will play a key role in this context. Against this background, ART is studying both the risks and the opportunities that may be encountered by Swiss agriculture in the context of climate change. Our researchers are developing spatial and temporal high-resolution climate scenarios. The results provide a basis for planning adaptation measures on the field, farm and regional level.