Climatic Change and Climate Impacts Research

The Climatic Change and Climate Impacts Research group is the leading climate research team in French-speaking Switzerland and is headed by Professor Martin Beniston, who is also currently the Director of the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva. C3i is affiliated with the University's Departments of Applied Physics (GAP) and of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Forel Institute).


NEW: From 2016-2019, the group will receive an EU funding of 1 Million Euros as partner of the new Horizon-2020 ANYWHERE Project


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While the signs of human influence on climate are becoming increasingly obvious, the problem today is not to know whether climate is warming, but at what speed it is changing, as well as to assess the natural, economic and social impacts of rapid change at global and regional geographic scales.

The Climate Group is involved in a wide range of research activities that include in particular:

Assistance in decision-making for hazards-management and the social, environmental and economic impacts of severe events. This is the mandate of the European Horizon-2020 ANYWHERE project coordinated by the Polytechnic University of Catalunya (CRAHI-UPC ) in Barcelona, from 2016-2019, in which the climate research team is a partner

The Planet Solar Deepwater Project was designed in the Summer of 2013 to use Planet Solar, the Swiss solar-powered boat that completed a round-the-world trip in 2012, to undertake high-tech measurements of biological, chemical and physical characteristics and water mass transistions along and around the Gulf Stream. Meso-scale oceanic features, such as rotating vortices, have distinct biogeochemical signatures that can have an influence on climate, for example through differential emissions of aerosols into the atmosphere.

The estimation of climate trends at the European and Alpine scales, based on observational data

The mathematical simulation of extreme events in a warming climate, using state-of-the-art regional climate models, developed in collaboration with UQAM , the University of Quebec at Montreal, and the Ouranos Consortium, also in Montreal

Studies of climate impacts on the natural and socio-economic environments

Investigations of natural hazards triggered by climate, using experimental and numerical approaches (in collaboration with the DENDROLABat the University of Berne)

The study of shifts in water resources in glaciated mountain regions such as the Alps, the Andes, or Central Asia, and the impacts of these changes for a range of economic sectors. This was particularly the mandate of the European FP7 ACQWA project coordinated by C3i from 2008-2014

The analysis of water regulation and governance approaches to help avert rivalries between sectors confronted with changing water availability

Simulations of non-linear climate processes, funded by the Swiss CADMOS Consortium (Center for Advanced Modeling Science), using high-performance computers

Consulting with Swiss authorities at the regional and federal levels to provide guidance for climate policy.




You can also browse through the different topics that can be accessed via the menu on the left-hand-side of this page.

To contact any  team member (listed under "Research Team" in the menu):

  • University of Geneva
    C3i/Climatic Change and Climate Impacts Research Group
    Institute for Environmental Sciences
    Site de Battelle / Bat. D
    7 route de Drize
    CH 1227 Carouge / GE, Switzerland
  • Phone: + 41 (0)22 379 07 99 - Fax: +41 (0)22 379 07 44
  • e-mail:




A paper by A. Sorg, T. Bolch, M. Stoffel, O. Solomina, and M. Beniston was published in the October 2012 edition of the journal. You can access this paper in pdf format on our Publications pages (Nr. 113 in the list)