Department Surface Waters - Research and Management

Surface Waters -
Research & Management (Surf)

We focus both on processes in the aquatic environment as well as on entire systems of natural waters.

We perform basic and applied research and several projects have a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary focus, including system analysis. Read more


The weir of the Wannebode small hydroelectric power station near Reckingen (VS) interrupts the continuum of the Blinnenbach. (Photo: Eawag)
September 3, 2019

The energy strategy calls for a further expansion of hydropower. This puts pressure on Swiss water bodies and water landscapes. At today's Eawag Info Day, some 200 experts from practice, research and administration will discuss how the various interests in water can be met in a sustainable manner and where the competition between these interests calls for priorities to be set. The Eawag researchers will demonstrate that it is not only a question of technical solutions, but also of social acceptance, for example when measures in favour of water ecology lead to an increase in the price of electricity. Read more

Latest Publications

Calamita, E.; Schmid, M.; Kunz, M.; Ndebele-Murisa, M. R.; Magadza, C. H. D.; Nyambe, I.; Wehrli, B. (2019) Sixty years since the creation of Lake Kariba: thermal and oxygen dynamics in the riverine and lacustrine sub-basins, PLoS One, 14(11), e0224679 (21 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0224679, Institutional Repository
Soulignac, F.; Anneville, O.; Bouffard, D.; Chanudet, V.; Dambrine, E.; Guénand, Y.; Harmel, T.; Ibelings, B. W.; Trevisan, D.; Uittenbogaard, R.; Danis, P.-A. (2019) Contribution of 3D coupled hydrodynamic-ecological modeling to assess the representativeness of a sampling protocol for lake water quality assessment, Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, 42 (11 pp.), doi:10.1051/kmae/2019034, Institutional Repository
To the library

Surf Seminars

11.00 am
Eawag Kastanienbaum
11.00 am
Eawag Kastanienbaum

Graduate Studies in our department

Video about Graduate Studies in the department Surface waters - Research and Management

Video about Graduate Studies in our department

Research Projects

Wastewater is a source of antibiotic resistant bacteria. We study their dissemination in the aquatic environment, and strategies to remove them.
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?
We assess the environmental impacts of hydropower plants to support a sustainable development of this energy resource.
4’000 river kilometers will be rehabilitated in Switzerland over the course of the coming 80 years – a unique opportunity for learning!