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.
The Seychelles archipelago in the western Indian Ocean is home to the Coco de Mer, a legendary palm tree that grows the biggest seeds in the world. These have been highly prized for centuries and still are popular tourist souvenirs today. But can the Coco de Mer flourish in the face of adversity?
The United States absorbed carbon dioxide despite a drought
Researchers have shown that the warm spring of 2012 in the US caused plants to absorb more carbon, thereby compensating for reductions during the subsequent summer drought.
Pierre Cothereau wins the Esri Young Scholars Award 2016
Pierre Cothereau, a Master’s student in the Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS), has won the Esri Young Scholars Award 2016 for his Master’s thesis “Vertical Vegetation Structure Classifier (VVSC): A novel tool for ArcGIS” and with it the opportunity to present his work to an audience of experts from all over the world.