Journal article

Risks and opportunities for a Swiss hydropower company in a changing climate

Kirsti Hakala, Nans Addor, Thibault Gobbe, Johann Ruffieux, Jan Seibert

Copernicus GmbH

Abstract

Abstract. Anticipating and adapting to climate change impacts on water resources requires a detailed understanding of future hydroclimatic changes and of stakeholders' vulnerability to these changes. However, climate change impact studies are often conducted at a spatial scale that is too coarse to capture the specificity of individual catchments, and more importantly, the changes they focus on are not necessarily the changes most critical to stakeholders. While recent studies have combined hydrological and electricity market modeling, they tend to aggregate all climate impacts by focusing solely on reservoir profitability, and thereby provide limited insights into climate change adaptation...

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