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Research in the Department of Environmental Systems Science is carried out by six institutes. The institutes are subdivisions of the department, which organisationally group together neighbouring professorships.

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Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS)

The Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS) investigates sustainable plant and animal production systems as well as interactions between insects and crop plants.

Institute of Agricultural Sciences


Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (IAC)

The Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (IAC) focuses on atmospheric and climate processes and the way they interact with the hydrosphere, cryosphere and biosphere.

Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science

Copyright: Christian Mikutta

Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics (IBP)

The Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics (IBP) focuses on investigating what happens to natural and anthropogenic substances in the environment.

Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics

Copyright: IBZ Plant Ecology/Jonathan Levine

Institute of Integrative Biology (IBZ)

Research within the Institute of Integrative Biology (IBZ) combines theoretical and experimental approaches from ecology and evolutionary biology to develop a fundamental understanding of the properties and functions of complex biological systems.

Institute of Integrative Biology

Copyright: Forest Ecology, ETH Zurich

Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems (ITES)

The Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems (ITES) looks into dynamics and their bearing on ecosystem functions and the use of resources, with a particular focus on forested landscapes.

Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems

Hochwasser in Locarno

Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED)

The Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED) investigates the human dimension in the causes of environmental changes and the consequences of these developments.

Institute for Environmental Decisions



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