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 power of the small” premiered at Global Science Film Festival"

20 November 2019
The Global Science Film Festival took place from the 15th to the 17th November in Zurich. In addition to films and short films, videos produced by scientists were shown – amongst those, a film by Helmut Bürgmann and Davide Ciccarese. Read more

Latest Publications

Baracchini, T.; Chu, P. Y.; Šukys, J.; Lieberherr, G.; Wunderle, S.; Wüest, A.; Bouffard, D. (2020) Data assimilation of in situ and satellite remote sensing data to 3D hydrodynamic lake models: a case study using Delft3D-FLOW v4.03 and OpenDA v2.4, Geoscientific Model Development, 13(3), 1267-1284, doi:10.5194/gmd-13-1267-2020, Institutional Repository
Mayr, M. J.; Zimmermann, M.; Dey, J.; Brand, A.; Wehrli, B.; Bürgmann, H. (2020) Growth and rapid succession of methanotrophs effectively limit methane release during lake overturn, Communications Biology, 3, 108 (9 pp.), doi:10.1038/s42003-020-0838-z, Institutional Repository
To the library

Surf Seminars

9.00 am
Lausanne – Cours de base en coopération avec l’OFEV
9.00 am
EPF Lausanne – Cours d’approfondissement en coopération avec l’OFEV

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!