Department Surface Waters - Research and Management

River Restoration

Channelization, water pollution, hydropower generation – rivers belong to the most heavily impaired ecosystems worldwide. At the same time rivers are highly dynamic systems of particular biodiversity. Numerous river restoration projects will be implemented in Switzerland over the coming decades. What are the challenges and what degree of improvement is possible?

We tackle open questions from practical river management in the framework of the Swiss Rivers program. In our transdisciplinary research projects we focus on the following objectives:   

  • Improving the data basis: e.g. by developing concepts for cross-project comparisons of river restoration measures at the national scale
  • Investigating and developing restoration measures: e.g. by improving our understanding of the interplay between structure and function of restored river systems
  • Supporting a sustainable management of river systems: e.g. by contributing to solutions to reconcile conservation and exploitation of river systems

Contact

Dr. Christine WeberTel. +41 58 765 2214Send Mail

Current Projects

How does such compromised bed-load transport affect fish in terms of their feeding and habitat? And what measures can be taken to restore a river's bed-load regime?
Watercourses are among earth's most biodiverse ecosystems. However, they are also under severe pressure from construction work and hydropower generation, among other things.
The renaturing platform that was set up in the summer of 2014 serves to promote the low-threshold exchange of experience and knowledge between key players in a variety of specialist fields and institutions.
4’000 river kilometers will be rehabilitated in Switzerland over the course of the coming 80 years – a unique opportunity for learning!

Team

Dr. Christine WeberTel. +41 58 765 2214Send Mail
Dr. Ulrika ÅbergTel. +41 58 765 2154Send Mail
Dr. Katharina LangeTel. +41 58 765 2220Send Mail
Dr. Nico BätzTel. +41 58 765 2294Send Mail
Isabelle AmbordTel. +41 58 765 5312Send Mail
Jennifer RiegerTel. +41 58 765 2158Send Mail