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.

News

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November 23, 2017

In collaboration with the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermal Energy at the University of Neuchâtel, Eawag recently organised a PEAK Course on the controversial topic of “Groundwater and Agriculture”. A major focal point of the information and discussions was the issue of nitrate pollution. Read more

November 20, 2017

Tomorrow, 21 November 2017, will be Switzerland’s first ever Digital Day, with around 40 prominent businesses and institutions holding more than 80 events around the country to show what the significance of digitalisation will be for them and for Switzerland’s future. The President of the Federal Council, Doris Leuthard, will open the Digital Day at an event in Zurich’s main railway station, which will also be attended by federal minister Johann Schneider and Eawag Director Janet Hering. Read more

Scientific publications

Binz, C.; Razavian, N. B.; Kiparsky, M. (2017) Of dreamliners and drinking water: developing risk regulation and a safety culture for direct potable reuse, Water Resources Management, xx, doi:10.1007/s11269-017-1824-1, Institutional Repository
Ingold, K. (2017) How to create and preserve social capital in climate adaptation policies: a network approach, Ecological Economics, 131, 414-424, doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.08.033, Institutional Repository
Scholten, L.; Maurer, M.; Lienert, J. (2017) Comparing multi-criteria decision analysis and integrated assessment to support long-term water supply planning, PLoS One, 12(5), e0176663 (30 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176663, Institutional Repository
Jones, G. D.; Droz, B.; Greve, P.; Gottschalk, P.; Poffet, D.; McGrath, S. P.; Seneviratne, S. I.; Smith, P.; Winkel, L. H. E. (2017) Selenium deficiency risk predicted to increase under future climate change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, 114(11), 2848-2853, doi:10.1073/pnas.1611576114, Institutional Repository
Müller, C.; Elliott, J.; Chryssanthacopoulos, J.; Arneth, A.; Balkovic, J.; Ciais, P.; Deryng, D.; Folberth, C.; Glotter, M.; Hoek, S.; Iizumi, T.; Izaurralde, R. C.; Jones, C.; Khabarov, N.; Lawrence, P.; Liu, W.; Olin, S.; Pugh, T. A. M.; Ray, D. K.; Reddy, A.; Rosenzweig, C.; Ruane, A. C.; Sakurai, G.; Schmid, E.; Skalsky, R.; Song, C. X.; Wang, X.; de Wit, A.; Yang, H. (2017) Global gridded crop model evaluation: benchmarking, skills, deficiencies and implications, Geoscientific Model Development, 10(4), 1403-1422, doi:10.5194/gmd-10-1403-2017, Institutional Repository
To the library
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 p, Institutional Repository
Hoffmann, S.; Hunkeler, D.; Maurer, M. (2014) Nachhaltige Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung in der Schweiz. Herausforderungen und Handlungsoptionen. Thematische Synthese 3 im Rahmen des Nationalen Forschungsprogramms NFP 61 «Nachhaltige Wassernutzung», 83 p, Institutional Repository
Maurer, M.; Chawla, F.; von Horn, J.; Staufer, P. (2012) Abwasserentsorgung 2025 in der Schweiz, 232 p, Institutional Repository
Kunz, Y.; von Gunten, U.; Maurer, M. (2009) Wasserversorgung 2025. Vorprojekt Standortbestimmung im Auftrag des BAFU, 198 p, 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. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Hong Yang
  • decision analysis
  • modeling