David N. Bresch

portrait Prof. David N. Bresch
Professor for Weather and Climate Risks

Institut für Umweltentscheidungen (IED)
ETH Zürich
CHN K 73.2
Universitätstrasse 22
CH-8092 Zürich

Phone: +41 (0) 44 632 77 87
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 632 47 18
Fax: +41 (0) 44 632 10 42
E-mail: dbresch(at)
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Phone: +41 (0) 44 632 77 87
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 632 47 18
Fax: +41 (0) 44 632 10 42
E-mail: dbresch(at)
URL Institution:

Additional functions:
Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA, advisory panel
Academia Engelberg, foundation board member
WWF Switzerland, foundation board member
Swiss Re Resource Award, Jury president

Key Publications of David N. Bresch (up to ten) :
  • Raible, C. C., Kleppek, S., Wueest, M., Kitoh, A., Murakami, H., Stocker, T. F., and Bresch, D. N.: Atlantic Hurricanes and Associated Insurance Loss Potentials in Future Climate Scenarios, Tellus A, submitted, 2011.

  • Schwierz, C., Köllner-Heck, P., Zenklusen, E., Bresch, D., Vidale, P.-L., Wild, M., and Schär, C.: Modelling European winter wind storm losses in current and future climate, Clim. Change, 101, 485-514, doi:10.1007/s10584-009-9712-1, 2010.

  • Corti T, Muccione V, Köllner-Heck P, Bresch D, Seneviratne SI, 2009: Simulating past droughts and associated building damages in France. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 13, pp. 1739-1747. Details, doi:10.5194/hess-13-1739-2009

  • Sep 2009, Economics of climate adaptation: Shaping climate resilient development (

  • Dec 2008, Country risk management: Making societies more resilient (Swiss Re publications,

  • 2000, Storm over Europe – an underestimated risk (Swiss Re publications,

  • 2000, David N. Bresch and Huw C. Davies: Covariation of the Mid-Tropospheric Flow and the Sea Surface Temperature of the North Atlantic: A Statistical Analysis. Theor. Appl. Climatol. 65, 197-214.

  • 1998 David N. Bresch: Coupled Flow and SST Patterns of the North Atlantic: A Statistical and Dynamical Study, Dissertation No. 12878, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland.

    Expertise of David N. Bresch:
    Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
    Expert TypeExpert Type
    Scientific / Fundamental Research
    Applied Sciences / Technologies / Engineering
    Research Interface / Management
    ScopeImpact of Change
    Vulnerability to Change
    Adaptation Measures to Change
    Topic AtmosphereAtmosphere
    Global Warming
    Topic Integrated SystemsIntegrated Systems and Ecology
    Economic Cycle
    Topic Economy/ResourceUseEconomy / Resource Use
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery
    Land Cover / Land Use / Landscape
    Topic Politics/LawMitigation / Prevention / Emission Reductions
    Regionalization / Globalization
    Topic SocietyPerception / Behaviour / Attitudes
    Topic SustainabilitySustainability
    Ecological Sustainability
    Social Sustainability
    Economic Sustainability
    Topic Risk & Disaster ManagementTopic Risk and Disaster Management
    Risk Assessment / Forecasting
    Prevention of Risks and Natural Hazards
    Fundamental Knowledge
    Warning / Sensitization
    Rehabilitation / Reconstruction
    Spatial ZonesUrban
    Coastal Zone
    Spatial ScaleGlobal / Hemispheric
    Time FrameRecent / Today
    Statistical FocusExtreme Events
    Mean Change / Trends
    MethodsData Analysis
    Policy Analysis and Formation
    Applied Research / Technology
    Integrated Assessment
    Collaboration with developing and transition countries ; Capacity Building
    Program Coordination / Management

    Specialties of David N. Bresch:
    Economics of climate adaptation. Risk transfer solutions. Worldwide natural catastrophe modeling.

    Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA)
    Societies need to understand how and where they must adapt to climate change. The ECA report introduces an approach and methodology to make this happen. Authored by the ECA working group, this report applies the methodology to 8 case studies (US-Florida, UK-City of Hull, India, Guyana, Tanzania, Mali, China and Samoa). In these locations studied, annualised losses of 1-12% of GDP result from existing climate patterns and are likely to rise to up to 19% of GDP by 2030.
    The report identifies significant potential for cost-effective adaptation measures. The methodology gives decision makers and their stakeholders the facts to design a climate adaptation strategy, combining risk avoidance, loss reduction, and risk transfer measures - following a pre-emptive approach to manage total climate risk. The project sponsor consortium consisted of Swiss Re, McKinsey, Global Environment Facility, European Commission, the Rockefeller Foundation, Climate Works, and Standard Chartered Bank. Swiss Re's role as a project partner was that of a lead contributor to the research, defining the assessment and risk modelling approach and providing overall risk assessment knowledge and tools.

    Last update: 5/22/18
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2018)

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