Impact on water management

Climate change has major implications for the use of water bodies by humans. Drinking water abstraction, irrigation, electricity generation, heat production and cooling will be limited at times, and there will need to be trade-offs between different uses in order not to overload ecosystems. Flood management will also have to adapt.

Further information


The report ‘Effects of climate change on Swiss waters’ gives a concise overview of the results and is a gateway to further technical information and data.

Last modification 05.05.2021

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Hydrological principles of climate change

The core topic of the NCCS Hydro-CH2018 focusses on the water resources and their future development. The objective is to supply the necessary fundamental hydrological principles for adaptation.