The Venice Centre for Climate Studies (VICCS) is an inter-disciplinary research centre based at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, focusing on the assessment, detection, quantification, communication and facilitation of sustainable solutions to global change problems.
A primary aim of the VICCS is to integrate social, economic and environmental dimensions (the triple bottom lines of sustainable development) with the institutional dimension to answer questions related to climate change. This long-standing goal is manifested in VICCS, where faculty with a spectrum of skills analyse a range of topics: environmental economics, resources management, adaptation and mitigation policy, risk analysis, paleoclimatology, renewable energies, and cultural heritage protection and valorisation.
Its mission is to investigate and model the feedbacks between society and the climate system, and provide reliable, rigorous, and timely scientific results to help develop climate change adaptation and mitigation policies. It is a hub of interdisciplinary research, with a focus on the science-policy interface and the relationships between research and business.
VICCS serves as a nexus for different university departments and associated institutions active in the field around the Venice area. Within the University Ca’ Foscari, the Departments of Environmental Sciences Informatics and Statistics and Economics. Associated institutions are so far the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change, the Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IDPA), the FEEM Foundation (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei), the Istituto Nazionale di Economia Agraria (INEA).