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

A new method makes it easier to predict and analyse eddies in the ocean. (Photo: iStock)
September 17, 2021 –

The chaotic behaviour of vortices is one of the things that makes weather forecasting so difficult. Researchers at ETH Zurich, Eawag and WSL, together with international partners, have now developed a novel experimental method...

The chaotic behaviour of vortices is one of the things that makes weather forecasting so difficult. Researchers at ETH Zurich, Eawag and WSL, together with international partners, have now developed a novel experimental method that enables more accurate analyses of the movement and energy of turbulence in fluids with much less effort.

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Latest Publications

Ehrenfels, B. (2021). Nitrogen cycling in Lake Tanganyika and its traces in the pelagic food web under contrasting hydrodynamic conditions (Doctoral dissertation). doi:10.3929/ethz-b-000492109, Institutional Repository
Boes, R., Burlando, P., Evers, F., Felix, D., Hohermuth, B., Schmid, M., … Manso, P. (2021). Swiss potential for hydropower generation and storage. Synthesis report. Retrieved from http://www.sccer-soe.ch/en/publications/synthesis-reports/, Institutional Repository

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!