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Highly cited researchers at IAC

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IAC Professors Ulrike Lohmann and Sonia Seneviratne are among the Thomson Reuters 2015 Highly Cited Researchers. About three thousand researchers earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of articles ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication.




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 and News

Deep vertical propagation of internal gravity waves above Scandinavia and New Zealand

Datum, Zeit: Mon 12. Oct 2015, 16:15
Ort: ETH Zurich, main campus CAB G 11
Referent\in: Dr. Andreas Dörnbrack , DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, D
Fachbereich: Environmental Sciences, Ecology
Veranstaltungsart: Colloquium

Biodiversity in dynamic landscapes: from land masses to climate changes

Datum, Zeit: Mon 12. Oct 2015, 17:15
Ort: ETH Zurich, main campus HG F 30
Referent\in: Prof. Dr. Loïc Pellissier , ETH Zürich
Fachbereich: Environmental Sciences, Ecology
Veranstaltungsart: Inaugural lecture

Extreme weather and the role of large-scale circulation

Datum, Zeit: Mon 19. Oct 2015, 16:15
Ort: ETH Zurich, main campus CAB G 11
Referent\in: Dr. Dim Coumou , Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), Potsdam, D
Fachbereich: Environmental Sciences, Ecology
Veranstaltungsart: Colloquium


Novel competitors affect species' responses to climate change


As the climate warms, many plants face an uphill struggle for survival. A new ETH Zurich study indicates that this is particularly true wherever they face increased competition from plants that have migrated to their habitat due to climatic changes. [17.09.2015]

Revived oceanic CO2 uptake


A decade ago scientists feared that the ability of the Southern Ocean to absorb additional atmospheric CO2 would soon be stalled. But the analysis of more recent observations show that this carbon sink reinvigorated during the past decade. [10.09.2015]

Ground-breaking ceremony for the agriculture of the future


With Monday's ground-breaking ceremony in Lindau, Cantonal Councillor Markus Kägi, ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella and University of Zurich Rector Michael Hengartner have commenced the construction work for the Agrovet-Strickhof education and research centre. Research on sustainable agriculture will be conducted at the centre from 2017. [01.09.2015]

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