In our study programmes, we teach the scientific foundation to analyse complex environmental systems. Based on a scientific understanding of the problem, students learn to develop solutions, to quantitatively evaluate and implement them.
We study the processes and interactions of different environmental systems at various scales, from the molecule to global environmental, production and supply systems. The approach of our research is systems-oriented and interdisciplinary.
Die Alpen und ihre Gletscher sind das Wasserschloss Europas. Schwindet das «ewige» Eis, könnte das Wasser in den Sommermonaten knapp werden. Warum nicht die abnehmende Speicherwirkung der Gletscher mit neuen Stauseen kompensieren?
Impacts of land-atmosphere interactions for changes in aridity index under global warming
Aridity as measured by the aridity index is projected to increase over land under global warming. So far, the main focus has been on influences of the warming ocean and atmospheric processes in driving these changes. New results from global climate model simulations identify land-atmosphere interactions as additional important drivers for this tendency in climate change projections.
Knowledge as a driver of climate change concern
A recent US survey suggested that, in shaping our attitude toward climate change, values are more important than our understanding of the issue. We reassessed this counterintuitive finding and showed that knowledge is indeed a driver of climate change concern, thus supporting the need to inform the public.