Lauren Cook

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Dr. Lauren Cook

Group leader

Department Urban Water Management

About Me

With a background in hydrologic engineering, energy, and climate impacts modeling, I am an expert in translational work across disciplines needed to solve critical engineering challenges. I use this expertise to explore interdisciplinary research questions that employ stormwater and energy infrastructure to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Want to learn more about my career and be inspired at the same time? Then check out this video I made for recent MSc graduates from ETH Environmental Engineering. 

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Improving the environmental benefits of green roofs through system focused experiments and modeling
How to design blue-green infrastructure to enhance urban biodiversity?
monitor the impact of urbanization and prepare for an urban living lab
Future synthetic rainfall time series for Switzerland in high spatial and temporal resolution
Integrated, engineering design and decision support strategies for BGI at the neighborhood scale to address stormwater management, heat mitigation, and biodiversity enhancement in a current and future climate
Plants and People in Urban Green Space How human and biophysical factors jointly shape biodiversity and human benefits in cities

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Curriculum Vitae

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Liu, H.; Kong, F.; Yin, H.; Cook, L. M.; Huang, J.; Lensky, I. M.; Tan, T. (2024) Substrate microorganisms can be an ideal tool for improving green roof sustainability, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 91, 128179 (11 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2023.128179, Institutional Repository
Maurer, B.; Lienert, J.; Cook, L. M. (2023) Comparing PV-green and PV-cool roofs to diverse rooftop options using decision analysis, Building and Environment, 245, 110922 (15 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2023.110922, Institutional Repository
Smith, V.; Cook, L. M.; Oppliger, S. (2023) Umsetzung blau-grüner Infrastruktur weltweit. Was kann die Schweiz daraus lernen?, Aqua & Gas, 103(9), 16-24, Institutional Repository
Rodriguez, M.; Fu, G.; Butler, D.; Yuan, Z.; Cook, L. (2023) Global resilience analysis of combined sewer systems under continuous hydrologic simulation, Journal of Environmental Management, 344, 118607 (11 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2023.118607, Institutional Repository
Tan, T.; Kong, F.; Yin, H.; Cook, L. M.; Middel, A.; Yang, S. (2023) Carbon dioxide reduction from green roofs: a comprehensive review of processes, factors, and quantitative methods, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 182, 113412 (12 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.rser.2023.113412, Institutional Repository
Probst, N.; Bach, P. M.; Cook, L. M.; Maurer, M.; Leitão, J. P. (2022) Blue Green Systems for urban heat mitigation: mechanisms, effectiveness and research directions, Blue-Green Systems, 4(2), 348-376, doi:10.2166/bgs.2022.028, Institutional Repository
Schnorf, H.; Bergamini, A.; Cook, L.; Moretti, M. (2022) Revitalisierte Bäche leisten einen Beitrag zur städtischen Pflanzenvielfalt. Les ruisseaux revitalisés favorisent la diversité spécifique de la flore urbaine, Nature et Paysage. Natur und Landschaft: Inside, 35-39, Institutional Repository
Cavadini, G. B.; Cook, L. M. (2021) Green and cool roof choices integrated into rooftop solar energy modelling, Applied Energy, 296, 117082 (13 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.117082, Institutional Repository
Cook, L. M.; Larsen, T. A. (2021) Towards a performance-based approach for multifunctional green roofs: an interdisciplinary review, Building and Environment, 188, 107489 (14 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107489, Institutional Repository
Cook, L. M.; McGinnis, S.; Samaras, C. (2020) The effect of modeling choices on updating intensity-duration-frequency curves and stormwater infrastructure designs for climate change, Climatic Change, 159, 289-308, doi:10.1007/s10584-019-02649-6, Institutional Repository
Cook, L. M.; VanBriesen, J. M.; Samaras, C. (2021) Using rainfall measures to evaluate hydrologic performance of green infrastructure systems under climate change, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 6(3-4), 156-180, doi:10.1080/23789689.2019.1681819, Institutional Repository

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Phone: +41 58 765 5474
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: BU B12

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Expert on

planning of infrastructure, climate change, modeling, sustainable water management, urban water management

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Blue-green infrastructure


Performance-based design

Sustainable cities

Climate change adaptation

Sponge cities

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