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

The water roars out of the turbines of the power plant at the Kariba Dam. It supplies electricit for the copper mines in the north of Zambia. (Photo: Manuel Kunz, Eawag)
June 14, 2021 –

Hydropower is considered to be CO2-neutral, but certain power plants in tropical regions produce large quantities of greenhouse gases. Researchers at Eawag have now studied how much carbon dioxide escapes into the atmosphere below...

Hydropower is considered to be CO2-neutral, but certain power plants in tropical regions produce large quantities of greenhouse gases. Researchers at Eawag have now studied how much carbon dioxide escapes into the atmosphere below the Kariba Dam in southern Africa. Such previously ignored emissions must be taken into account by future carbon budgets.

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Latest Publications

Van Grinsven, S.; Oswald, K.; Wehrli, B.; Jegge, C.; Zopfi, J.; Lehmann, M. F.; Schubert, C. J. (2021) Methane oxidation in the waters of a humic-rich boreal lake stimulated by photosynthesis, nitrite, Fe(III) and humics, Biogeosciences, 18(10), 3087-3101, doi:10.5194/bg-18-3087-2021, Institutional Repository
Fiskal, A.; Gaillard, A.; Giroud, S.; Malcic, D.; Joshi, P.; Sander, M.; Schubert, C. J.; Lever, M. A. (2021) Effects of macrofaunal recolonization on biogeochemical processes and microbiota - a mesocosm study, Water, 13(11), 1599 (25 pp.), doi:10.3390/w13111599, Institutional Repository
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Surf Seminars

15.09.​2022,
9.00 am
Swiss Tech Convention Center Lausanne

Graduate Studies in our department

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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!