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E-mail: clemens.schwingshackl@cicero.oslo.no

Background

Clemens Schwingshackl studied physics in Graz and Heidelberg. In 2018, he got his PhD from ETH Zurich where he investigated how interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere affect air temperatures.

Clemens joined CICERO in 2019. He is working on several projects related to impacts of climate change. For the project EXHAUSTION he analyses how human heat stress will change in the future depending on how much global warming the Earth will experience, which will also feed into the upcoming Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is also involved in the SUSCAP project which deals with the question how the joint effects of climate change and air pollution will affect future wheat yield in Europe. Besides, he contributes to research dealing with extreme warming projections and, on a more local scale, how the current scientific knowledge about the effects of climate change on land, ocean, and the cryosphere can be used by local municipalities in their mitigation and adaptation plans.

Projects

  • Exhaustion Air pollution is currently the largest environmental killer in Europe, causing 500,000 premature deaths annually. Heatwaves can make air pollution more lethal and cause more heart and lung diseases. Together with Universitetet i Oslo (UiO) the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and 11 other European institutions CICERO will help increase European resilience towards climate change.
  • ACRoBEAR – high-latitude risk of wildfire and disease The ACRoBEAR (Arctic Community Resilience to Boreal Environmental Change: Assessing Risks from fire and disease) project will quantify changing risk of boreal forest fire and natural-focal disease for local communities in high northern latitudes under changing environmental and climatic conditions.
  • HEATCOST HEATCOST will quantify health risks attributable to heat and air pollution (with a particular focus on air pollution from wildfires) in main world regions under selected climate scenarios and socioeconomic pathways.