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

Measurements on Lake Geneva in July 2014. A CTD probe is used to measure conductivity, temperature, depth, oxygen content, pH value and turbidity of the water in a depth profile with high spatial resolution. (Photo: Beat Müller)
April 19, 2021 –

The condition of Swiss lakes has improved thanks to stricter protection measures, but less than expected. A new method developed by Eawag for calculating biomass production in lakes provides explanations and a basis for further...

The condition of Swiss lakes has improved thanks to stricter protection measures, but less than expected. A new method developed by Eawag for calculating biomass production in lakes provides explanations and a basis for further water protection measures.

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Latest Publications

Steinsberger, T.; Wüest, A.; Müller, B. (2021) Net ecosystem production of lakes estimated from hypolimnetic organic carbon sinks, Water Resources Research, 57(5), e2020WR029473 (16 pp.), doi:10.1029/2020WR029473, Institutional Repository
Fernández Castro, B.; Chmiel, H. E.; Minaudo, C.; Krishna, S.; Perolo, P.; Rasconi, S.; Wüest, A. (2021) Primary and net ecosystem production in a large lake diagnosed from high‐resolution oxygen measurements, Water Resources Research, 57(5), e2020WR029283 (24 pp.), doi:10.1029/2020WR029283, Institutional Repository
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Surf Seminars

07.06.​2021,
11.00 am
Eawag Kastanienbaum, Online

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!