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

Meeresstichling. (Foto: Ole Seehausen, Eawag)
June 3, 2019

Since the last ice age, stickleback have managed to emerge from the sea to colonise many freshwater waterbodies. Genetic analysis by Eawag researchers and colleagues from the University of Bern and the National Institute of Genetics in Shizuoka, Japan, now demonstrate that they achieved this thanks to additional copies of a metabolism gene. Read more

Latest Publications

Lange, K.; Wehrli, B.; Åberg, U.; Bätz, N.; Brodersen, J.; Fischer, M.; Hermoso, V.; Reidy Liermann, C.; Schmid, M.; Wilmsmeier, L.; Weber, C. (2019) Small hydropower goes unchecked, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(5), 256-257, doi:10.1002/fee.2047, Institutional Repository
Ishikawa, A.; Kabeya, N.; Ikeya, K.; Kakioka, R.; Cech, J. N.; Osada, N.; Leal, M. C.; Inoue, J.; Kume, M.; Toyoda, A.; Tezuka, A.; Nagano, A. J.; Yamasaki, Y. Y.; Suzuki, Y.; Kokita, T.; Takahashi, H.; Lucek, K.; Marques, D.; Takehana, Y.; Naruse, K.; Mori, S.; Monroig, O.; Ladd, N.; Schubert, C. J.; Matthews, B.; Peichel, C. L.; Seehausen, O.; Yoshizaki, G.; Kitano, J. (2019) A key metabolic gene for recurrent freshwater colonization and radiation in fishes, Science, 364(6443), 886-889, doi:10.1126/science.aau5656, Institutional Repository
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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!