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 14, 2016

The “Regional Water Supply for Basel-Landschaft 21” project, which was started in 2013, culminated today in a media conference in Liestal. Read more

September 29, 2016

A study by Eawag and Zurich University researchers using a new imaging method has revealed that, surprisingly, cocaine accumulates in the eyes of zebrafish. The findings indicate that chemicals – especially psychoactive drugs – need to be assessed quite differently with waterborne exposure than, for example, when pharmaceutical substances are tested in mice. In particular, the uptake mechanisms and effects of cocaine in fish cannot simply be transferred to mammals or humans. Read more

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