Martin Beniston

portrait Prof. Martin Beniston

Institut des sciences de l'environnement (ISE)
Université de Genève
66 boulevard Carl Vogt
CH-1205 Genève

Phone: +41 (0) 22 379 07 97
E-mail: martin.beniston(at)
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Phone: +41 (0) 22 379 07 97
E-mail: martin.beniston(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link

Programs in which Martin Beniston holds an official function:

Additional functions:
Honorary Professor and evaluator of the Masters' Program on Energy at the University of Hong Kong, 2019-2021
Coordinator, EU/FP7 Large Integrated Project "ACQWA" 2008-2013 (;
Scientific leader, "PlanetSolar DeepWater" expedition 2013 (
Since 2000, elected member of the Academia Europea (;
Member of the Advisory Board of the ERA-NET Climate and Health Project (FP7)
Member of the Advisory Board of the Horizon-2020 "ANYWHERE" project
Vice-Chair, IPCC WGII/Subgroup C, 1992-1998, and Convening Lead Author AR2-1995

Key Publications of Martin Beniston (up to ten) :
Beniston, M., Farinotti, D., Stoffel, M., Andreassen, L. M., Coppola, E., Eckert, N., Fantini, A., Giacona, F., Hauck, C., Huss, M., Huwald, H., Lehning, M., López-Moreno, J.-I., Magnusson, J., Marty, C., Moran-Tejéda, E., Morin, S., Naaim, M., Provenzale, A., Rabatel, A., Six, D., Stötter, J., Strasser, U., Terzago, S., and Vincent, C., 2018: The European mountain cryosphere: A review of past, current and future issues, The Cryosphere, 12, 759-794,

Guillet, S., Corona, C., Stoffel, M., Khodri, M., Lavigne, F., Ortega, P., Eckert, N., Dkengne-Sielenou, P., Daux, V., Churakova, O., Davi, N., Edouard, J. L., Zhang, Y., Luckman, B., Myglan, V., Guiot, J., Beniston, M., Masson-Delmotte, V., and Oppenheimer, C., 2016: Climate response to the 1257 Samalas eruption revealed by proxy records. Nature Geoscience, 10, 123-128

Beniston, M. , and Stoffel, M., 2016: Rain-on-snow events, floods and climate change in the Alps: Events may increase for warming up to 4°C and decrease thereafter. Science of the Total Environment, 571, 228-236. [DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.07.146]

Beniston, M., 2015: Ratios of record high to record low temperatures in Europe exhibit sharp increases since 2000 despite a slowdown in the rise of mean temperatures. Climatic Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-015-1325-2;Vol. 129, 225-237 (plus online supplementary material)

Beniston, M., and Stoffel, M., 2014: Assessing the impacts of climatic change on mountain water resources. Science of the Total Environment, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.11.122

Beniston, M., 2013: European isotherms move northwards by up to 15 km/year: using climate analogues for awareness-raising. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.3804

Sorg, A., Bolch, T., Stoffel, M., Solomina, O., and Beniston, M., 2012: Climate change impacts on glaciers and runoff in Tien Shan (Central Asia). Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1592.

Beniston, M., 2009: Trends in joint quantiles of temperature and precipitation in Europe since 1901 and projected for 2100. Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L07707

Beniston, M., 2007: Entering into the "greenhouse century": recent record temperatures in Switzerland are comparable to the upper temperature quantiles in a greenhouse climate. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L16710

Beniston, M., Stephenson, D. B., Christensen, O. B., Ferro, C. A. T., Frei, C., Goyette, S., Halsnaes, K., Holt, T., Jylhü, K., Koffi, B., Palutikoff, J., Schöll, R., Semmler, T., and Woth, K., 2007: Future extreme events in European climate; an exploration of Regional Climate Model projections. Climatic Change, 81, 71-95

Expertise of Martin Beniston:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Research Interface / Management
ScopeImpact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Topic AtmosphereClimate
Global Warming
Topic HydrosphereFresh Water Systems / Rivers / Lakes
Precipitation / Runoff
Topic CryosphereGlaciers
Snow Cover
Topic Economy/ResourceUseTourism
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleGlobal / Hemispheric
Time FrameRecent / Today
Statistical FocusExtreme Events
Mean Change / Trends
MethodsData Analysis

Specialties of Martin Beniston:
Global Change; Climate Modeling; Climate Impacts Assessments Impacts of climatic change on
a) quantity and quality of surface waters,
b) snow and ice,

Development of end-to-end modeling strategies capable of assessing the possible outcomes of climatic change on various sectors of the natural and economic environments (including health) that can help in the development of adaptation strategies

Last update: 11/17/23
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2024)

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