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

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April 10, 2018

Faced with polluted river water, rural communities or aid agencies often drill groundwater wells to obtain water supplies. But data collected systematically for the first time in the Amazon basin show that this “solution” can create new problems: the groundwater may contain elevated concentrations of arsenic, manganese and aluminium – up to 70 times over the recommended limit in the case of arsenic, and up to 15 times for manganese. Read more

March 19, 2018

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.” This is the saying credited with giving the famous British rock band its name…but does it hold true from an ecological or hydraulic engineering perspective?  Read more

Latest Publications

Kobler, U. G.; Wüest, A.; Schmid, M. (2018) Effects of lake–reservoir pumped-storage operations on temperature and water quality, Sustainability, 10(6), 1968 (15 pp.), doi:10.3390/su10061968, Institutional Repository
Bürgmann, H.; Frigon, D.; Gaze, W.; Manaia, C.; Pruden, A.; Singer, A. C.; Smets, B.; Zhang, T. (2018) Water & sanitation: an essential battlefront in the war on antimicrobial resistance, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, doi:10.1093/femsec/fiy101, Institutional Repository
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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!