Agriculture under Climate Change


The Risks Posed by Climate, and How Agriculture Can Adapt

Climate change affects Swiss agriculture too: temperatures are rising, precipitation patterns are changing, and extreme events are on the increase. The KlimAdapt project explores current and expected climate risks, and develops scientific principles for the planning of adaptive measures such as the selection of suitable varieties for plant production.



Roughage Production

Average Grassland Yields in Switzerland Shaped by Summer Drought

Dry summers can see a loss of up to 25% of total Swiss roughage production. This is because grassland yields are strongly correlated with summer drought, as shown by a new analysis conducted by Agroscope and the Swiss Farmers’ Union.

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 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.


Climate Change and Water Use in the Bernese Seeland

Irrigation water demands are likely to increase in the future. However, depending on availability of resources, water use conflicts may arise.


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

When combined with changes in management, climate change causes shifts in agroecosystem functioning, which can either have positive or negative effects on the provision of different ecosystem services.