May 6, 11:00 - 12:00 CEST
Speaker: David N. Bresch, Professor for Weather and Climate Risks at ETH Zürich/MeteoSwiss
Title: The interoperability imperative in socio-economics impact assessments
About the speaker: Prof. Dr. David N. Bresch, Professor for Weather and Climate Risks at ETH Zürich /MeteoSwiss since 2016 (www.wcr.ethz.ch). 2000-2016, roles at Swiss Re included Head Business Development, Global Head Sustainability, Head Atmospheric Perils Group and Chief modeler for natural catastrophe risk assessment. 1998-1999 Research Associate, MIT, Cambridge, USA. Member of the Swiss UNFCCC delegation 2009-2012 and 2015, member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF), 2014-2016, Rockefeller Foundation, senior advisor for innovative finance since 2017. PhD in physics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His research focuses on the impacts of weather and climate on socio-economic systems. Combining numerical modelling of weather and climate risks with the engagement of decision makers and end-users, his research aims to explore ways to strengthen resilience based on a shared understanding of weather and climate susceptibility. Such an integrated view along the chain of impacts also opens new perspectives to the treatment of uncertainty in decision-making.