Ecosystems - Eawag

Understand and manage ecosystems

Why does one species of toad live in ponds, while another prefers shingle banks? How does the flora and fauna in a mountain stream change when the glacier has melted away? And how do invasive species affect their new habitat? It is only by answering questions such as these that entire ecosystems can be understood and, to some extent, managed.

News

September 17, 2019

Implementation of the Montreal Protocol has successfully prevented depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer and associated increases in levels of UV-B radiation at the Earth’s surface. But many questions remain to be answered – for example, how does climate change affect the exposure of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to UV radiation? This is one of the questions discussed in a review article, co-authored by former Eawag scientist Barbara Sulzberger, which was recently published in Nature Sustainability. Read more

September 3, 2019

The energy strategy calls for a further expansion of hydropower. This puts pressure on Swiss water bodies and water landscapes. At today's Eawag Info Day, some 200 experts from practice, research and administration will discuss how the various interests in water can be met in a sustainable manner and where the competition between these interests calls for priorities to be set. The Eawag researchers will demonstrate that it is not only a question of technical solutions, but also of social acceptance, for example when measures in favour of water ecology lead to an increase in the price of electricity. Read more

Scientific publications

Weber, U. W.; Cook, P. G.; Brennwald, M. S.; Kipfer, R.; Stieglitz, T. C. (2019) A novel approach to quantify air–water gas exchange in shallow surface waters using high-resolution time series of dissolved atmospheric gases, Environmental Science and Technology, 53(3), 1463-1470, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b05318, Institutional Repository
Harvey, E.; Altermatt, F. (2019) Regulation of the functional structure of aquatic communities across spatial scales in a major river network, Ecology, 100(4), e02633 (9 pp.), doi:10.1002/ecy.2633, Institutional Repository
Guggenheim, C.; Brand, A.; Bürgmann, H.; Sigg, L.; Wehrli, B. (2019) Aerobic methane oxidation under copper scarcity in a stratified lake, Scientific Reports, 9, 4817 (11 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41598-019-40642-2, Institutional Repository
Vaghefi, S. A.; Keykhai, M.; Jahanbakhshi, F.; Sheikholeslami, J.; Ahmadi, A.; Yang, H.; Abbaspour, K. C. (2019) The future of extreme climate in Iran, Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1464 (11 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41598-018-38071-8, Institutional Repository
To the library
  • Factsheet: Invasive species spread by recreational boats transported overland [pdf, available in German and French]
  • Factsheet: River Corridors [pdf, available in German and French]
  • Factsheet: Facts about phosphorus in Lake Brienz [pdf, available in German and French]
  • River revitalisation: Focus on fish [pdf, available in German and French]
Weber, C. (2013) Schweizer Fließgewässer im Spannungsfeld zwischen Schutz und Nutzung, In: Rutschmann, P. (Eds.), 259-268, Institutional Repository

Experts

Prof. Dr. Rik Eggen
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • surface water
Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • fish
  • genetics
  • plankton
  • proteomics
Dr. Hans Peter Kohler
  • micropollutants
  • organic pollutants
  • drinking water
Dr. Blake Matthews
  • biodiversity
  • plankton
  • evolution
  • Ecosystems
Prof. Dr. Carsten Schubert
  • isotopes
  • surface water
Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
  • fish
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
PD Dr. Piet Spaak
  • plankton
  • sediments
Prof. Dr. Alfred Johny Wüest
  • aquatic ecology
  • water quality
  • Lake management
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