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Welcome to the Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS)


Klimafolgen-Faustregel umgekrempelt

ub - 15 Sep 14
IAC-WissenschaftlerInnen stellen die allgemein formulierte Klimawandel-Grundregel "Trockene Regionen werden trockener, feuchte feuchter" mit einer neuen Analyse über Landgebieten infrage. In einigen Regionen finden sie gegenläufige Trends.



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Who we are

We are convinced that the sustainable development of a livable world for future generations is one of the core tasks of our society. With our expertise and commitment, our goal is to provide a significant contribution towards solving this task.

Mission  Institutes and groups  People in D-USYS

Our research

We study the processes and interactions of different environmental systems on various scales, from the molecular scale to global environmental, production and supply systems. The approach of our research is systems-oriented and interdisciplinary.

Agro-ecosystems and world food system  Atmosphere and climate  Biogeochemistry and pollutant dynamics  Ecology, evolution and health  Human and environment  Soil and landuse


What we teach

In our two study programmes, we teach the scientific foundation to analyse complex sound environmental and food systems. Based on a scientific understanding of the problem, students learn to analyse problems and develop solutions to quantitatively evaluate and implement them.

Agricultural science  Environmental sciences  Doctoral studies  Didactic education

Upcoming events & latest news


Weather-dependent intermittency of concentrated solar power, and whether it matters

Datum, Zeit: Mon 22. Sep 2014, 16:15
Ort: CAB G 11
Veranstaltungsart: Colloquium

Harvesting the Biosphere - An account of human claims on the biosphere’s stores of living matter

Datum, Zeit: Mon 22. Sep 2014, 17:15 - 18:30
Ort: ETH Zurich, main campus CHN G 42 Universitätstrasse 16, 8092 Zürich
Veranstaltungsart: Talk

Consistent hydroclimatic response to global warming: Models and observations

Datum, Zeit: Mon 29. Sep 2014, 16:15
Ort: CAB G 11
Veranstaltungsart: Colloquium


Impact of selective logging in tropical forests underestimated


For the first time ETH Zurich doctoral student Zuzana Burivalova and her colleagues have studied how much the impact on biodiversity depends on logging intensity. [31.07.2014]

Body odour reveals malarial infection

An infection with malaria pathogens changes the scent of infected mice, making those infected more attractive to mosquitos. These are the findings of a team of researchers from ETH Zurich and Pennsylvania State University, headed by Prof. Consuelo De Moraes in a new study. [30.06.2014]

Straw albedo mitigates extreme heat


Fields that are not tilled after crop harvesting reflect a greater amount of solar radiation than tilled fields. This phenomenon can reduce temperatures in heat waves by as much as 2 °C, as researchers from ETH have demonstrated in a recent study. [23.06.2014]



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