Inputs for Societal Decision Making

Integrating social-, natural- and engineering sciences

Decisions regarding the allocation and management of water resources, investment in water infrastructure and environmental protection almost always involve conflicting interests. Scientific input can help decision makers and resource managers anticipate the consequences of interventions. Socio-economic and policy analysis provides insight into the contexts in which decisions are made and implemented.

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February 21, 2017

As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency could be increased in many regions of the world. This was shown by a recent study which used data-mining to model the global distribution of selenium. Read more

February 16, 2017

Humans influence evolution. In the case of whitefish in Swiss lakes, one consequence of this is replacement of a diversity of specialised species by fewer generalists. A recent analysis now suggests that communities of diverse specialists utilise trophic resources more efficiently. Read more

Events

Scientific publications

Brouwer,R.; Brouwer,S.; Eleveld,M.A.; Verbraak,M.; Wagtendonk,A.J.; van der Woerd,H.J. (2016) Public willingness to pay for alternative management regimes of remote marine protected areas in the North Sea, Marine Policy, 68, 195-204, doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.03.001, Institutional Repository
Larsen,T.A.; Hoffmann,S.; Lüthi,C.; Truffer,B.; Maurer,M. (2016) Emerging solutions to the water challenges of an urbanizing world, Science, 352(6388), 928-933, doi:10.1126/science.aad8641, Institutional Repository
Mattmann,M.; Logar,I.; Brouwer,R. (2016) Wind power externalities: A meta-analysis, Ecological Economics, 127, 23-36, doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.04.005, Institutional Repository
Lienert,J.; Duygan,M.; Zheng,Jun (2016) Preference stability over time with multiple elicitation methods to support wastewater infrastructure decision-making, European Journal of Operational Research, 253(3), 746-760, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2016.03.010, Institutional Repository
Lanz,K.; Rahn,E.; Siber,R.; Stamm,C. (2014) NFP 61 – Thematische Synthese 2 im Rahmen des Nationalen Forschungsprogramms NFP 61 «Nachhaltige Wassernutzung» Bewirtschaftung der Wasserressourcen unter steigendem Nutzungsdruck, 84 S., Institutional Repository
Hoffmann,S.; Hunkeler,D.; Maurer,M. (2014) Nachhaltige Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung in der Schweiz. Herausforderungen und Handlungsoptionen, 86 S., Institutional Repository
Maurer,M.; Chawla,F.; von Horn,J.; Staufer,P. (2012) Abwasserentsorgung 2025 in der Schweiz, 21, 232 S., Institutional Repository
Kunz,Y.; von Gunten,U.; Maurer,M. (2009) Wasserversorgung 2025 – Vorprojekt Standortbestimmung im Auftrag des BAFU, 198 S., Institutional Repository

Consulting and knowledge transfer

Experts

Dr. Karim Abbaspour
  • drinking water
  • groundwater
  • modeling
  • transdisciplinary research
PD Dr. Heiko Gebauer
  • developing countries
  • urban planning
  • technology concepts
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Morgenroth
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • nutrients
  • urban water management
  • urban planning
  • urine separation
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Hong Yang
  • decision analysis
  • modeling