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

News

April 7, 2022 –

A new study has shown how fish influence oceans’ ecosystems in coastal regions, revealing for the first time the role they play in distributing heat, nutrients and oxygen that keep the system functioning.

A new study has shown how fish influence oceans’ ecosystems in coastal regions, revealing for the first time the role they play in distributing heat, nutrients and oxygen that keep the system functioning.

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Latest Publications

Baumann, K. B. L., Thoma, R., Callbeck, C. M., Niederdorfer, R., Schubert, C. J., Müller, B., … Bürgmann, H. (2022). Microbial nitrogen transformation potential in sediments of two contrasting lakes is spatially structured but seasonally stable. mSphere. doi:10.1128/msphere.01013-21, Institutional Repository
Berg, J. S., Lepine, M., Laymand, E., Han, X., Vogel, H., Morlock, M. A., … Lever, M. A. (2022). Ancient and modern geochemical signatures in the 13,500-year sedimentary record of Lake Cadagno. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9, 754888 (16 pp.). doi:10.3389/feart.2021.754888, Institutional Repository

Surf Seminars

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Graduate Studies in our department

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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!