Department Surface Waters - Research and Management

Surface Waters -
Research & Management (Surf)

We focus both on processes in the aquatic environment as well as on entire systems of natural waters.

We perform basic and applied research and several projects have a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary focus, including system analysis. Read more


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December 11, 2017

The composition of cyanobacterial communities in peri-alpine lakes has become increasingly similar over the past century. Climate warming and a period of eutrophication have favoured in particular potentially toxic species which can adapt rapidly to environmental changes. These are the findings of an Eawag-led study analysing DNA extracted from sediment cores. Read more

November 27, 2017

Although nutrient inputs to Swiss lakes are today much lower than they were before the introduction of phosphate precipitation at wastewater treatment plants and the ban on phosphates in detergents, many lakes are still affected by oxygen depletion – especially in the deeper waters. Read more

Latest Publications

Weber, C.; Åberg, U.; Buijse, A. D.; Hughes, F. M. R.; McKie, B. G.; Piégay, H.; Roni, P.; Vollenweider, S.; Haertel-Borer, S. (2017) Goals and principles for programmatic river restoration monitoring and evaluation: collaborative learning across multiple projects, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, doi:10.1002/wat2.1257, Institutional Repository
Fischer, M.; Hemund, C.; Zbinden, S.; Müller, W.; Vollenweider, S.; Weber, C. (2017) Die Revitalisiererinnen und Revitalisierer. Gemeinsam für mehr Dynamik und Vielfalt, Aqua & Gas, 97(11), 78-83, Institutional Repository
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Surf Seminars

8.00 am
Eawag Kastanienbaum

Research Projects

Wastewater is a source of antibiotic resistant bacteria. We study their dissemination in the aquatic environment, and strategies to remove them.
Lakes store large amounts of heat. To what extent can this heat be used to replace the use of fossil fuels or electricity for heating and cooling purposes?
We assess the environmental impacts of hydropower plants to support a sustainable development of this energy resource.
4’000 river kilometers will be rehabilitated in Switzerland over the course of the coming 80 years – a unique opportunity for learning!