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IAC members rated as "highly cited scientists"

ost - 26 Jun 14
Ulrike Lohmann, Sonia Seneviratne, and Reto Knutti are listed as "highly cited scientists 2014" by Thomson Reuters. The list includes about 3200 scientists worldwide that have written the greatest number of highly cited papers (top 1% published 2002-2012). Three of the 15 highly cited scientists at ETH are members of IAC.



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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


Climate-KIC Switzerland Venture Competition 2014 - Swiss Finals for Climate Start-ups

Datum, Zeit: Thu 28. Aug 2014, 17:15 - 21:00
Ort: ETH Zurich, main campus HG F 30
Veranstaltungsart: Other

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


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]

Study shows greater potential for solar power


Concentrating solar power (CSP) could supply a large fraction of the power supply in a decarbonized energy system, shows a new study of the technology and its potential practical application. [22.06.2014]



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