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


June 27, 2019

The summer heat has reached Switzerland and cooling down in the lake certainly does no harm. On the website "Meteolakes" you can find out how refreshing a dip in Lake Zurich will be at the moment, the next hours and days. Read more

Latest Publication

Kobler, U. G.; Schmid, M. (2019) Ensemble modelling of ice cover for a reservoir affected by pumped‐storage operation and climate change, Hydrological Processes, doi:10.1002/hyp.13519, Institutional Repository
Weyhenmeyer, G. A.; Hartmann, J.; Hessen, D. O.; Kopáček, J.; Hejzlar, J.; Jacquet, S.; Hamilton, S. K.; Verburg, P.; Leach, T. H.; Schmid, M.; Flaim, G.; Nõges, T.; Nõges, P.; Wentzky, V. C.; Rogora, M.; Rusak, J. A.; Kosten, S.; Paterson, A. M.; Teubner, K.; Higgins, S. N.; Lawrence, G.; Kangur, K.; Kokorite, I.; Cerasino, L.; Funk, C.; Harvey, R.; Moatar, F.; de Wit, H. A.; Zechmeister, T. (2019) Widespread diminishing anthropogenic effects on calcium in freshwaters, Scientific Reports, 9(1), 10450 (10 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41598-019-46838-w, Institutional Repository
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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!