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Environment - Earth Sciences - 23.01.2023
The man who thinks big
The man who thinks big
Christophe Girot brought landscape architecture into the digital world and taught a generation of architects how to think on a larger scale.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 10.01.2023
A habitable planet
Life has existed on Earth for billions of years. Stabilising mechanisms have helped our planet remain habitable to this day.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 21.12.2022
NASA's InSight Lander has retired
NASA’s InSight Lander has retired
The lander's team has tried to contact the spacecraft twice without response, leading them to conclude it has run out of energy. NASA's InSight mission has ended after four years of collecting unique science on Mars.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 30.11.2022
A scout of the atmosphere
A scout of the atmosphere
Internationally recognized atmospheric scientist and Distinguished Senior Researcher at Empa: Dominik Brunner is a scientist who has explored his subject area from many angles - with a weatherproof motivation and curiosity that drives him to this day.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 07.11.2022
Green and blue food webs differ
Green and blue food webs differ
Terrestrial and aquatic food webs respond differently to changes in the environment. Understanding these differences is fundamental to identifying the species most important to an ecosystem and to effectively protecting biodiversity. This is shown by a study led by the research institutes Eawag and WSL and published in the journal Nature Communications .

Materials Science - Earth Sciences - 26.10.2022
He makes it light
He makes it light
Belgian-born Wim Malfait is a trained geologist who once searched for gold on behalf of a mining company. Today, he heads the Building Energy Materials and Components laboratory, which develops, among other things, super-lightweight aerogel insulation materials and materials with heat exchange capabilities.

Earth Sciences - 28.09.2022
Swiss glaciers are melting more than ever before
Swiss glaciers are melting more than ever before
2022 was a disastrous year for Swiss glaciers: all ice melt records were smashed by the great dearth of snow in winter and continuous heatwaves in summer.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 24.08.2022
Ecological stability of lakes declining globally over time
Ecological stability of lakes declining globally over time
Of over a thousand lakes studied worldwide, about one in ten shows strange behaviour. In general, there is an increasing tendency for aquatic ecosystems to tip over.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 09.03.2022
New research program will study fjord ecosystems in Greenland
New research program will study fjord ecosystems in Greenland
In a four-year field research program led by EPFL, in association with several other Swiss institutions, scientists will aim to understand the ecosystem of Greenlandic fjords in the context of a changing climate.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 02.03.2022
Fjords in the Swiss Plateau
Fjords in the Swiss Plateau
A team of researchers of the University of Bern supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation drilled a borehole into the Bernese subsoil.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 24.02.2022
Swiss rivers on track to overheat by the end of the century
Swiss rivers on track to overheat by the end of the century
According to an EPFL study, if we take immediate measures to reduce CO2 emissions, we could limit the rise in the temperature of Swiss rivers to 1°C between now and 2090 without drastically affecting their discharge.

Earth Sciences - Chemistry - 28.01.2022

Environment - Earth Sciences - 23.12.2021
Climate and Soil Determine Distribution of Plant Traits
Climate and Soil Determine Distribution of Plant Traits
An international research team succeeded in identifying global factors that explain the diversity of form and function in plants. Led by the University of Zurich, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena and the University of Leipzig, the researchers collected and analyzed plant data from around the world.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 24.09.2021
Deepwater renewal in Lake Geneva in light of climate change
Deepwater renewal in Lake Geneva in light of climate change
Scientists have studied two mechanisms that can help bring oxygen to the depths of a lake - essential for preserving the lake's ecosystem.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 22.09.2021
Tracking down track ballast
Tracking down track ballast
Switzerland may soon be facing a shortage of railway ballast. ETH geologists are heading into the wilds to track down new sources of crushed rocks.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 01.09.2021
New report details Switzerland's geo-energy potential
Switzerland has considerable capacity for carbon storage and a bright future in shallow geothermal energy. These are the two main findings presented in Innosuisse's final report on the 2013-2020 Energy Funding Programme, in the chapter on geo-energy. Lyesse Laloui, a full professor in civil engineering at EPFL, is the chapter's author and the head of a research group on this topic.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 24.08.2021
Helping engineers better predict clay landslides
Helping engineers better predict clay landslides
Norway experiences dangerous landslides due to its clay-rich soil. For her Master's thesis in civil engineering at EPFL, Mathilde Metral outlined steps that the country's geotechnical engineers can take to improve the predictive computer model they're currently developing. The heavy rains that sweep across Europe with growing frequency can be particularly damaging in Norway, where the clay-rich soil is susceptible to landslides.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 28.05.2021
Untapped solar and wind potential in Swiss mountains
Untapped solar and wind potential in Swiss mountains
Scientists at EPFL and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF have issued recommendations for what type of renewable energy should be produced in Switzerland's various regions, to help achieve the country's goals of carbon neutrality and energy self-sufficiency. According to a new study, the most effective way for Switzerland to become carbon-neutral and energy self-sufficient is to install a combination of wind turbines and solar panels in its Alpine regions.

Event - Earth Sciences - 28.04.2021

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.04.2021
Europe’s largest capacity research centrifuge
The most capable geotechnical research centrifuge in Europe is currently being built on the Hönggerberg campus.

Research Management - Earth Sciences - 04.03.2021

Environment - Earth Sciences - 18.02.2021
Climate change and Swiss lakes
Climate change and Swiss lakes
A new simulation study shows that climate change risks significantly altering water temperature, ice cover and mixing of many Swiss lakes. Mid altitude lakes are especially under pressure, running the risk of completely losing ice cover and no longer fully mixing twice per year. Such a change would have fundamental consequences for the functioning of lake ecosystems.

Earth Sciences - 28.01.2021
Using science to explore a 60-year-old Russian mystery
Using science to explore a 60-year-old Russian mystery
Researchers from EPFL and ETH Zurich have conducted an original scientific study that puts forth a plausible explanation for the mysterious 1959 death of nine hikers in the Ural Mountains in the former Soviet Union.

Earth Sciences - 28.01.2021
A new take on an old mystery
A new take on an old mystery
Researchers from EPFL and ETH Zürich have conducted an original scientific study that puts forth a plausible explanation for the mysterious 1959 death of nine hikers in the Ural Mountains in the former Soviet Union.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 11.01.2021
Extreme weather from the stratosphere
Extreme weather from the stratosphere
ETH climate researcher Daniela Domeisen has documented how the stratosphere influences extreme weather events.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 29.10.2020
Leading European universities unite to battle climate change
Leading European universities unite to battle climate change
Researchers from four leading European technical universities, all members of IDEA League, are looking for new solutions against climate change in the EASYGO project.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.08.2020
Modeling avalanche protection in forests
Modeling avalanche protection in forests
Two EPFL students have compared the ability of a forest in Vaud Canton to protect against avalanches before and after it was ravaged by fire in 2018.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 28.07.2020
Thallium: highly toxic, but little studied
Thallium: highly toxic, but little studied
In Agatha Christie's novel The Pale Horse, the victims die of thallium poisoning.

Earth Sciences - 28.07.2020
Maartje Bastings, a scientist reaching for new heights
Maartje Bastings, a scientist reaching for new heights
Summer series - A calling for research.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 14.07.2020

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.06.2020
Who's evaluating Swiss landscapes?
Who’s evaluating Swiss landscapes?
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, how do you define a beautiful landscape? Machine learning algorithms can be helpful here, says Adrienne Grêt-Regamey.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 17.06.2020
"My dream discovery would be to map the Moon’s geology."
Maria Schönbächler investigates how our solar system formed. Her work often reminds her of the importance of breaking out of established patterns.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 20.05.2020
"We need to study biodiversity in a more holistic way."
Catherine and Florian, the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is "Our solutions are in nature".

Earth Sciences - 07.05.2020

Earth Sciences - 24.04.2020
WIITE, the exoskeleton for backcountry skiing
While backcountry ski racers are disappointed that they won't be starting the Patrouille des Glaciers, one disabled skier is happily strapping on the climbing skins once again.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.03.2020
Interview on World Water Day on 22 March 2020
Interview on World Water Day on 22 March 2020
Martin, Switzerland is now known as the "water tower of Europe". Will Switzerland still have an excess of water in the future? Overall, Switzerland will still have enough water in the future.

Earth Sciences - 06.03.2020

Earth Sciences - 11.02.2020
Postglacial erosion: new insights from the Mont Blanc massif
Assessing the impact of Quaternary glaciation at the Earth's surface implies understanding of the long-term evolution of alpine landscapes.

Earth Sciences - Mathematics - 01.01.2020

Earth Sciences - 01.11.2019
Seismology in the service of peace
Seismology in the service of peace
News By: Michèle Marti and Felix Würsten Twenty years ago, Switzerland ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 01.11.2019
EPFL champions energy geostructures
EPFL champions energy geostructures
Energy geostructures provide a constant source of renewable heating and cooling in buildings and infrastructures and perform very well.

Earth Sciences - 30.08.2019
Benoît Ferrari takes over as interim director of the Ecotox Centre
Benoît Ferrari takes over as interim director of the Ecotox Centre
After studying biology and biochemistry at the University of Lorraine (Metz, F), Benoît Ferrari worked on the ecotoxicity of solid waste in his dissertation.

Earth Sciences - 26.07.2019

Earth Sciences - Environment - 24.05.2019

Earth Sciences - Event - 15.04.2019