Martin Schmid

Dr. Martin Schmid

Department Surface Waters Research & Management

About Me


Research scientist and leader of the group Applied System Analysis.

Research Interests
  • Human effects on aquatic ecosystems.
  • Interactions between physics and geochemistry in lakes.
  • Climate change effects on lakes.

Eawag publications

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The deepest lake of the world still hides many mysteries in its abysses. Some of them could be revealed thanks to long-term observations.
The intricacies of Lake Kivu and of the methane stored in its deep waters could easily keep an entire research institute busy. Our research aims at creating the knowledge needed to support a sustainable and safe exploitation of the methane resource.
Climate change affects lake ecosystems. We investigate the complex interactions in the lake-climate system with global data analysis and local case studies.
We assess the environmental impacts of hydropower plants to support a sustainable development of this energy resource.
Lakes store large amounts of heat. To what extent can this heat be used to replace the use of fossil fuels or electricity for heating and cooling purposes?
What happens if two lakes are connected by a pumped-storage system?

Impacts of pumped-storage operations

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected publications

Kobler, U. G.; Wüest, A.; Schmid, M. (2019) Combined effects of pumped-storage operation and climate change on thermal structure and water quality, Climatic Change, 152, 427-443, doi:10.1007/s10584-018-2340-x, Institutional Repository
Gaudard, A.; Weber, C.; Alexander, T. J.; Hunziker, S.; Schmid, M. (2018) Impacts of using lakes and rivers for extraction and disposal of heat, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 5(5), e1295 (18 pp.), doi:10.1002/wat2.1295, Institutional Repository
Schmid, M.; Köster, O. (2016) Excess warming of a Central European lake driven by solar brightening, Water Resources Research, 52(10), 8103-8116, doi:10.1002/2016WR018651, Institutional Repository
Schmid, M.; Hunziker, S.; Wüest, A. (2014) Lake surface temperatures in a changing climate: a global sensitivity analysis, Climatic Change, 124(1-2), 301-315, doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1087-2, Institutional Repository
Descy, J.-P.; Darchambeau, F.; Schmid, M. (2012) Lake Kivu. Limnology and biogeochemistry of a tropical great lake, 190 p, doi:10.1007/978-94-007-4243-7, Institutional Repository
Schmid, M.; De Batist, M.; Granin, N. G.; Kapitanov, V. A.; McGinnis, D. F.; Mizandrontsev, I. B.; Obzhirov, A. I.; Wüest, A. (2007) Sources and sinks of methane in Lake Baikal: a synthesis of measurements and modeling, Limnology and Oceanography, 52(5), 1824-1837, doi:10.4319/lo.2007.52.5.1824, Institutional Repository
Schmid, M.; Halbwachs, M.; Wehrli, B.; Wüest, A. (2005) Weak mixing in Lake Kivu: new insights indicate increasing risk of uncontrolled gas eruption, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 6(7), Q07009 (11 pp.), doi:10.1029/2004GC000892, Institutional Repository

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Phone: +41 58 765 2193
Fax: +41 58 765 2168
Address: Eawag
Seestrasse 79
6047 Kastanienbaum
Office: SW B03

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Expert of

modeling, surface water, hydropower

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Research Group

Applied System Analysis.

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Research Focus

Assessing human impacts on aquatic systems using numerical modelling and data analysis

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