Impacts of climate change
Switzerland is affected above average by climate change. Weather extremes such as heat days have even increased above average in Switzerland since measurements began. In the last 25 years, especially in the summers of 2003 and 2015, the temperature was significantly above the baseline range. This is one of the reasons why G+P is committed to developing and researching measures to reduce the consequences of global climate change in Switzerland.
Reduction of the heat island effect
The higher air temperatures near the ground caused by the heat island effect influence people's health and daily life. Due to climate change, this effect is increasingly becoming a problem, especially in the densely built-up cities and agglomerations of the Central Plateau. Heat periods occurring in the summer months are intensified and prolonged by the heat island effect. The heat stress affecting humans is increasing, which poses a risk to human health, especially for children and the elderly, and can lead to an increase in mortality rates.
G+P projects on the topic
G+P carries out several projects in the field of climate change impacts, which are on the one hand researching solutions (cool pavements) and on the other hand are metrological accompaniments to quantify solutions in cities and urban areas.
- Innovative measures on roads for immediate implementation in Switzerland
- Determine the impact of your measures with sophisticated measurement concepts
At Grolimund + Partner AG we evaluate the effectiveness of your measures in urban areas by applying measurement concepts that are adapted to your problem and can measure exactly the desired effects. We also research products that allow immediate application in the Swiss road network.
We research innovative measures for immediate implementation in Switzerland.
G+P is conducting a research project on behalf of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) to investigate the potential of cool road surfaces to reduce the heat island effect and to clarify practical issues such as construction, costs, maintenance and noise effects (click here for the official project page). Two sections with different pavement technologies were tested in the cities of Bern and Sion.
Determine the effect of your measures with sophisticated measurement concepts
On behalf of cities, cantons and municipalities, G+P carries out metrological monitoring, which allows to investigate the effect of different measures to reduce the heat island effect. For example, the effectiveness of greening on city squares is measured and its effect quantified and evaluated and visualized according to requirements.
G+P offers you an adapted measuring and monitoring concept for any kind of measures, which allows you to answer the desired question.
Results in line with requirements
The results are developed for the client according to his needs and specific topics. Different objectives and questions of the client require different data processing: Should two locations be compared for variable cooling measures and their measurable effects, or should different pavement types be examined for their effectiveness?
We provide you with the idea, the application, the measurement concept and the processed results as a whole or individual parts and results thereof. Of course, you decide whether you need a detailed report or only a fact sheet.
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Our services include measurements to determine the acoustic quality of road surfaces, for example using the CPX trailer measurement method, as well as specific measurement methods and analyses for acoustic optimisation of road surfaces.
Our expertise includes building and room acoustics as well as thermal building physics, building ecology and energy efficiency consultancy.
We specialise in developing environmental databases, noise calculation software, information systems and documentation – all tailored to the needs of our clients.
Research & development
We can count on an extensive national and international network in practice-oriented research in our key areas.
We specialise in acoustic measurements and finding solutions to reduce noise emissions and vibrations from road traffic, railways, shooting ranges, commercial and industrial properties, building sites, etc.