Inputs for Societal Decision Making

Integrating social-, natural- and engineering sciences

Decisions regarding the allocation and management of water resources, investment in water infrastructure and environmental protection almost always involve conflicting interests. Scientific input can help decision makers and resource managers anticipate the consequences of interventions. Socio-economic and policy analysis provides insight into the contexts in which decisions are made and implemented.

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September 23, 2020

Air quality in Switzerland has improved but is still not good enough. To continue the monitoring of air pollutants which has taken place for many years in Dübendorf (ZH), today  federal government has opened a new station as part of its National Air Pollution Monitoring Network (NABEL) on the Empa-Eawag-campus.

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June 23, 2020

A new social-ecological approach allows complex relationships in ecosystem governance to be modelled as abstract but easily grasped networks.

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Scientific publications

Blackman, R. C.; Bruder, A.; Burdon, F. J.; Convey, P.; Funk, W. C.; Jähnig, S. C.; Kishe, M. A.; Moretti, M. S.; Natugonza, V.; Pawlowski, J.; Stubbington, R.; Zhang, X.; Seehausen, O.; Altermatt, F. (2020) A meeting framework for inclusive and sustainable science, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4, 668-671, doi:10.1038/s41559-020-1190-x, Institutional Repository
Metz, F.; Angst, M.; Fischer, M. (2020) Policy integration: do laws or actors integrate issues relevant to flood risk management in Switzerland?, Global Environmental Change, 61, 101945 (12 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.101945, Institutional Repository
Gatto, M.; Bertuzzo, E.; Mari, L.; Miccoli, S.; Carraro, L.; Casagrandi, R.; Rinaldo, A. (2020) Spread and dynamics of the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy: effects of emergency containment measures, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, 117(19), 10484-10491, doi:10.1073/pnas.2004978117, Institutional Repository
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Dr. Christian Binz
  • decentralized systems
  • innovation
  • global change
  • sustainable transitions
  • urban water management
Dr. Fabrizio Fenicia
  • groundwater
  • modeling
Dr. Manuel Fischer
  • environmental policy
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Dr. Sabine Hoffmann
  • sustainable water management
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold
  • science-policy interface
  • environmental policy
Dr. Judit Lienert
  • decision analysis
  • transdisciplinary research
  • sustainable water management
  • stakeholder participation
Dr. Ivana Logar
  • decision analysis
  • sustainable water management
  • environmental economics
Prof. Dr. Max Maurer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • sustainable water management
  • urban sanitation
  • urban water management
  • urine separation
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Morgenroth
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • nutrients
  • urban water management
  • urban planning
  • urine separation
Prof. Dr. Peter Reichert
  • decision analysis
  • modeling
Dr. Nele Schuwirth
  • decision analysis
  • modeling
  • surface water
  • transdisciplinary research
Dr. Jonas Sukys
  • modeling
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Hong Yang
  • decision analysis
  • modeling