Climate change influence on Swiss transport, tourism and energy
Bösch, Patrick M.
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The European research project ToPDAd (www.topdad.eu) investigates the expected influence of climate change on the transport, tourism and energy sectors. One of the main goals is to develop adaptation strategies that stakeholders - mainly private firms and policy makers - could implement. A specifically designed tool set will assist them adapting the strategies to their individual needs. Part of the tool set creation process were interviews with key industry representatives and experts conducted in several European countries to identify the particular needs. In selected countries, these interviews were supplemented by further surveys addressed to a wider target audience. For Switzerland, the IVT conducted six interviews covering transport and tourism, while 55 more stakeholders from all three sectors were targeted with a customized Swiss version of the online questionnaire. Additionally, 5 Swiss public transport companies were approached with a written questionnaire. This paper presents the findings of the Swiss case. The results indicate that while companies and public agencies are aware of climate change, often in everyday business it is not a topic yet. First effects of climate change are already noticeable, for example the changes in the durations of the seasons. This causes also already first reactions in tourism for example. In general however, most stakeholders follow still an “observe and await”-strategy. For the consulted stakeholders, climate change is expected to affect their business most in the form of increased weather variability and more extreme weather events, which pose a threat to infrastructure and operations. There adaptation and protection measures are needed and expected in all sectors Show more
SubjectClimate change; Transport; Adaptation; Stakeholder; Tourism; Switzerland
Organisational unit03521 - Axhausen, Kay W.
02226 - NSL - Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft / NSL - Network City and Landscape
NotesConference lecture on May 14, 2014.
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