Water resources

Climate change affects the entire water cycle. Surface and underground waters are equally exposed to changes in water quantity and quality. This has direct repercussions on water balance and management.

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Water availability in Switzerland will not change significantly by the end of the century.  However, precipitation will be distributed differently across the year and the quantity of water stored in snow and glaciers will fall due to the increase in temperature.  As a result, seasonal discharge distribution and thus seasonal water availability will change throughout almost the whole of Switzerland.

Impacts and measures

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Impact of climate change on the water balance

Climate change affects the entire water cycle. Surface and underground waters are equally exposed to changes in water quantity and quality. This has direct repercussions on hydropower, water supplies, urban drainage, navigation, agriculture, ecology and water-induced natural hazards.

Risks and opportunities for the water economy

Climate change increases the demand for water. At the same time, it is detrimental to both the amount of available water and water quality.

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Impact of climate change on water management

The changes in the water cycle will also have an impact on water management. As part of the Hydro-CH2018 project, literature reviews are currently being compiled on the following subjects.

Last modification 21.11.2018

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Priority themes: 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.

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