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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January 10, 2017

Hanspeter Zöllig has been awarded the 2016 Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize for his dissertation entitled “Electrolysis for the Treatment of Stored Source-Separated Urine”, which examined how electrolysis can be employed to recover nitrogen from urine. The prize recognises excellent PhD theses and masters dissertations in the fields of water protection and hydrology. Read more

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Latest Publications

Ghahraman Afshar,M.; Tercier-Waeber,M.L.; Wehrli,B.; Bakker,E. (2017) Direct sensing of total alkalinity profile in a stratified lake, Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 3, 85-93, doi:10.7185/geochemlet.1709, Institutional Repository
Schwefel,R.; Gaudard,A.; Wüest,A.; Bouffard,D. (2016) Effects of climate change on deepwater oxygen and winter mixing in a deep lake (Lake Geneva): Comparing observational findings and modeling, Water Resources Research, 52(11), 8811-8826, doi:10.1002/2016WR019194, 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?