National Centre for Climate Services NCCS

Consciously addressing the climate of today and tomorrow: promoting dialogue and coordinat-ing and developing collaborative solutions.

NCCS: the network for climate services

Climate services comprise scientific information and data on the climate of the past, present and future, as well as its consequences. These services serve as the basis for decision-making that takes account of climate issues. Climate services can help the government, political and business sectors and society to minimise climate-related risks, recognise opportunities and optimise benefits and costs.

The NCCS coordinates the development and propagation of these climate services. Acting as an interface between producers and users, the NCCS encourages dialogue and fosters the collaborative development of climate services. In this way the Centre ensures that its work is focused on the needs of the users. Moreover, the NCCS provides its climate services in a user-friendly format.

The parties involved in the NCCS include the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG), the Swiss Federal Insitute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). The Centre has been in operation since autumn 2015.

The Federal Government established the NCCS in response to the recommendations of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) issued by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

The NCCS answers questions on the following topics, among others:

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Coping with natural hazards

Will it rain more and will we therefore have bigger floods? What does this mean for my town?

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Agriculture

Will there be more pressure from pests in the fruit, wine and crop farming sectors? What does this mean for crop protection?

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Health

How much worse will the heat waves get? What does this mean for the population?

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Energy

Is the roof of my house suitable for solar panels?

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Forestry

Which tree species should we promote today? Which species have a good wood yield and provide a good habitat for animals and plants, even in times of higher temperatures and drought?

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Water resources

How will water availability change? What measures will guarantee sufficient supply of drinking water for all of Switzerland in the future?

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