701-1252-00L  Climate Change Uncertainty and Risk: From Probabilistic Forecasts to Economics of Climate Adaptation

SemesterFrühjahrssemester 2020
DozierendeD. N. Bresch, R. Knutti
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung


701-1252-00 VClimate Change Uncertainty and Risk: From Probabilistic Forecasts to Economics of Climate Adaptation
Lecture starts 24 Feb 2020,
2 Std.
Mo08:15-10:00LFO C 13 »
D. N. Bresch, R. Knutti
701-1252-00 UClimate Change Uncertainty and Risk: From Probabilistic Forecasts to Economics of Climate Adaptation
Exercises start 24 Feb 2020,
1 Std.
Mo10:15-12:00LFO C 13 »
D. N. Bresch, R. Knutti


KurzbeschreibungThe course introduces the concepts of predictability, probability, uncertainty and probabilistic risk modelling and their application to climate modeling and the economics of climate adaptation.
LernzielStudents will acquire knowledge in uncertainty and risk quantification (probabilistic modelling) and an understanding of the economics of climate adaptation. They will become able to construct their own uncertainty and risk assessment models (in Python), hence basic understanding of scientific programming forms a prerequisite of the course.
InhaltThe first part of the course covers methods to quantify uncertainty in detecting and attributing human influence on climate change and to generate probabilistic climate change projections on global to regional scales. Model evaluation, calibration and structural error are discussed. In the second part, quantification of risks associated with local climate impacts and the economics of different baskets of climate adaptation options are assessed – leading to informed decisions to optimally allocate resources. Such pre-emptive risk management allows evaluating a mix of prevention, preparation, response, recovery, and (financial) risk transfer actions, resulting in an optimal balance of public and private contributions to risk management, aiming at a more resilient society.
The course provides an introduction to the following themes:
1) basics of probabilistic modelling and quantification of uncertainty from global climate change to local impacts of extreme events
2) methods to optimize and constrain model parameters using observations
3) risk management from identification (perception) and understanding (assessment, modelling) to actions (prevention, preparation, response, recovery, risk transfer)
4) basics of economic evaluation, economic decision making in the presence of climate risks and pre-emptive risk management to optimally allocate resources
SkriptPowerpoint slides will be made available.
LiteraturMany papers for in-depth study will be referred to during the lecture.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesHands-on experience with probabilistic climate models and risk models will be acquired in the tutorials; hence good understanding of scientific programming forms a prerequisite of the course, in Python (teaching language, object oriented) or similar. Basic understanding of the climate system, e.g. as covered in the course 'Klimasysteme' is required.

Examination: graded tutorials during the semester (benotete Semesterleistung)


Information zur Leistungskontrolle (gültig bis die Lerneinheit neu gelesen wird)
Leistungskontrolle als Semesterkurs
ECTS Kreditpunkte3 KP
PrüfendeD. N. Bresch, R. Knutti
Formbenotete Semesterleistung
RepetitionRepetition nur nach erneuter Belegung der Lerneinheit möglich.


Dokumenteclimada - the open-source model
Es werden nur die öffentlichen Lernmaterialien aufgeführt.


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PlätzeMaximal 30
WartelisteBis 28.02.2020

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