David N. Bresch

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

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)ethz.ch
URL Institution: www.wcr.ethz.ch/
Personal URL: link
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)ethz.ch
URL Institution: www.wcr.ethz.ch/
Personal URL: link

Programs in which David N. Bresch holds an official function:
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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
National / Cultural
Local / Community
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: 6/4/24
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2024)

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