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Die Wolkenfängerin

ost - 17 Mar 15
Wer Wolken erforschen will, muss hoch hinaus - im wahrsten Sinne. Und kommt vielleicht wie Ulrike Lohmann im neuen Werkstattgespräch zum Schluss, dass technische Plan-B-Lösungen beim Climate Engineering keine Option sind. Vielmehr sei es ihre Pflicht als Wissenschafterin, auf die Nebenwirkungen solcher Eingriffe hinzuweisen.




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


8th IBP PhD Congress

Datum, Zeit: Fri 10. Apr 2015, 09:00 - 18:00
Ort: EAWAG, Duebendorf FC C 20 Dübendorf Überlandstrasse 133
Veranstaltungsart: Congress

Mixed-phase clouds - theory to application

Datum, Zeit: Mon 20. Apr 2015
Ort: ETH Zurich, main campus CAB G 11
Veranstaltungsart: Colloquium

Using transient RCM simulations to project precipitation occurrence, intensity and return levels

Datum, Zeit: Mon 27. Apr 2015, 16:15
Ort: ETH Zurich, main campus CAB G 11
Veranstaltungsart: Colloquium


Evolutionary dead-end as a success model


The coco-de-mer, or the double coconut palm of the Seychelles, grows the largest and heaviest seeds in the entire plant kingdom. Ecologists working with ETH Professor Peter Edwards explain how these plants are able to achieve this feat despite low nutrient levels. [10.03.2015]

How rain is dependent on soil moisture


It rains in summer most frequently when the ground holds a lot of moisture. However, precipitation is most likely to fall in regions where the soil is comparatively dry. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at ETH Zurich following an analysis of worldwide data. Their study contributes to a better understanding of soil moisture, a little explored climatic factor. [05.03.2015]

Switzerland must remain integrated in the electricity market


The energy supply in Switzerland in the year 2050 was the focus of a conference organised by ETH Zurich's Energy Science Centre (ESC). One thing was very clear: as far as electricity is concerned, no man is an island any longer. [15.12.2014]

Videoaufnahmen der Vorträge von Sebastian Rausch, Tony Patt, Andreas Ulbig

Nitrogen build-up in the oceans


Man-made activities are having a direct impact on the biogeochemistry of the world’s oceans – not only in terms of carbon. Researchers have now shown that also nitrogen compounds released into the atmosphere from combustion processes and agriculture end up in the open ocean. [27.11.2014]



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