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

May 21, 2024 –

EPFL has teamed up with three organizations – the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Association for the Safeguard of Lake Geneva (ASL) – to develop...

EPFL has teamed up with three organizations – the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Association for the Safeguard of Lake Geneva (ASL) – to develop Lémanscope, a citizen-science initiative to monitor the health of Lake Geneva. Today the researchers are calling on volunteers to help collect essential data.

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Latest Publications

Anderson, R. S., Dubois, N., Brown, E. T., & Stockhecke, M. (2024). Development of a landscape in NE Minnesota, from the early Holocene to forest-harvesting, agriculture and industry. Holocene, 34(5), 578-592. doi:10.1177/09596836231225720, Institutional Repository
Antonelli, M., Laube, P., Doering, M., Scherelis, V., Wu, S., Hurni, L., … Weber, C. (2024). Identifying anthropogenic legacy in freshwater ecosystems. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. doi:10.1002/wat2.1729, Institutional Repository
Bathiany, S., Bastiaansen, R., Bastos, A., Blaschke, L., Lever, J., Loriani, S., … Boers, N. (2024). Ecosystem resilience monitoring and early warning using rarth observation data: challenges and outlook. Surveys in Geophysics. doi:10.1007/s10712-024-09833-z, Institutional Repository

Surf Seminars

18.06.​2024,
7.30 pm
Eawag Kastanienbaum, Mehrzwecksaal Seeheim

Öffentlicher Abendvortrag - Forschung am See

22.10.​2024,
7.30 pm
Eawag Kastanienbaum, Mehrzwecksaal Seeheim

Öffentlicher Abendvortrag - Forschung am See

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!