The case-themes: the foundation for future analysis

The definition of the various case-themes is crucial for the future analysis in ToPDAd. Patrick Bösch coordinates the work on defining the case-themes.

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Patrick Bösch is responsible for ToPDAd deliverable 2.3: Overview of system responsiveness to climate change impacts in energy, transport and tourist sectors. Patrick is an industrial engineer at the Institute for Transport Planning and Systems at the ETH Zürich in Switzerland 

Patrick started working with ToPDAd six months ago and has had two main tasks in the project. Firstly, he has worked with the transport model, in Case-Theme 4, "Weather Extremes and Traffic” in Work Package 2. Patrick explains: "Here we work on how transport will change in different scenarios of extreme weather events. For example: What happens to traffic when we have events like landslides?” He elaborates that in Europe extreme weather events will likely occur more often in the future due to climate change. Therefore they will become much more relevant for the decision-makers in the future. 

Case-themes: the foundation for the future analysis 

Stakeholders who represent the target groups of decision-makers are important for the project because their input guarantees the relevance of the results. "We use them to sharpen the case themes, that means to decide which ones are important and what scenarios are of particular interest of the target groups,” Patrick says.  Based on stakeholder input and literature review, seven so-called ‘case-themes’ were selected, looking into various impacts and sectors such as drought, heat waves, urban flooding and lack of snow, transport and energy.  

Patrick coordinates the work to define the case-themes of the various working groups. Patrick explains that the seven case-themes build the very foundation for the future analysis (see fact box). According to Patrick, "We look at the different developments of climate and in what sectors they have an effect and from there we derive what could be possible strategies,” and he underlines that this task is crucial for the project since the case-themes contribute to build information for the data base and the scenario base for the development of the strategy.  

The next steps for Patrick in ToPDAd will be to finish the work on defining the case-themes, which will be in mid-April 2014, while the work on transport and extreme events will be finalized by autumn 2014. "Also we have some publications and conference contributions in the pipeline at the moment. If all goes well they will be published next year”, he says.  

In Patrick’s opinion, the most interesting aspect of ToPDAd is to investigate the impact of climate change on our society. Moreover, he finds it interesting to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team with researchers all over Europe because he then gets input from other researchers and institutes. 

Read more about the seven case-themes HERE.

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Participants of ToPDAd: Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT, The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge, CICERO Senter Klimaforskning Stiftelse, Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftlich Strukturforschung MBH, University of East Anglia, Transport & Mobility Lueven NV, Ilmatieteen Laitos, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft MBH
7th Framework Programme (FP7)