The Risks Posed by Climate, and How Agriculture Can Adapt


Agricultural crop production is to a large extent dependent upon climatic conditions. Because of climate change, temperatures are rising and patterns of precipitation are changing. We also expect extreme events such as drought and heatwaves to occur more frequently in future.

To exploit the potential for plant production in Switzerland, both now and in future, we need to be able to gauge the direct and indirect effects of climate change on crops. Knowledge of the expected risks helps with the planning and implementation of suitable adaptive measures (e.g. different choice of crops or varieties, irrigation, determination of breeding objectives).

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Climate Risks for Agriculture and Adaptive Strategies

Strategic Research Field:
Climate change

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Further Information

How much Water does Swiss Agriculture need?

The SwissIrrigationInfo project contributes to sustainable, farsighted water resource management by developing satellite and model-based assessment methods.


How to reduce the needs for irrigation

The OPTAIN project evaluates the potential of possible measures to improve resilience to drought risks in Switzerland.


Climatic Suitability for Plant Production

Crop yield potentials depend on regional biogeoclimatic conditions. Progressing climate change will lead to changes in regional suitability for the cultivation of crops.


Climate Change and Water Use in the Bernese Seeland

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Impacts of Climate- and Land Use Change on Multifunctionality in the Broye Catchment

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Climate Change Effects on Alpine Meadows

In Switzerland, Alpine meadows can be considered the backbone of traditional livestock farming. At the same time, they can be viewed as the cultural landscapes that are usually associated with Switzerland, both by the local population as well as by foreign visitors.