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


Good arguments for thermal use of surface waters in Switzerland

March 16, 2017 - Switzerland’s surface waters contain vast amounts of thermal energy which could be used for heating or cooling. Based on numerous studies, Eawag scientists have now estimated the ecological impacts of thermal use.  Read more

Graduate Studies in our department

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Latest Publications

Gaudard,A.; Schmid,M.; Wüest,A. (2017) Thermische Nutzung von Oberflächengewässern. Mögliche physikalische und ökologische Auswirkungen der Wärme- und Kältenutzung, Aqua & Gas, 40-45, Institutional Repository
Ramzi,A.M.; Lemmin,U.; Bouffard,D.; Wüest,A.; Uittenbogaard,R.E.; Barry,D.A. (2017) Gyre formation in open and deep lacustrine embayments: the example of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 17(3), 415-428, Institutional Repository
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Research Projects

The intricacies of Lake Kivu and of the methane stored in its deep waters could easily keep an entire research institute busy. Our research aims at creating the knowledge needed to support a sustainable and safe exploitation of the methane resource.
Wastewater is a source of antibiotic resistant bacteria. We study their dissemination in the aquatic environment, and strategies to remove them.
Drilliing sediment cores (~600.000 years) from the highly alkaline Lake Van in Anatolia to reveal the climate history.
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?