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Earth Sciences - Environment - 31.05.2024
When stones start rolling
When stones start rolling
The landslide in Brienz (GR) in 2023 kept Switzerland on tenterhooks for weeks. Researchers from ETH Zurich, WSL and SLF used a model to provide a highly accurate blind prediction of where the sliding mass would come to rest. ETH Professor Johan Gaume explains how the model works and where its limitations lie.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 16.05.2024
Four ponds, 100 square metres, diverse and fluctuating: where amphibians feel at home
Four ponds, 100 square metres, diverse and fluctuating: where amphibians feel at home
Number, size, surroundings and water level: for the first time, there are quantitative scientific recommendations when it comes to the development of new ecological infrastructures for amphibian conservation.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 02.05.2024
Where amphibians feel at home
Where amphibians feel at home
Number, size, surroundings and water level: for the first time, there are quantitative scientific recommendations when it comes to the development of new ecological infrastructures for amphibian conservation.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 01.02.2024
A milestone in weather and climate research
A team of researchers from Germany and Switzerland involving Empa is setting a milestone in weather and climate research: At the beginning of February, the renowned climate and weather model ICON has become available to all interested parties under an open source license. This is intended to make science and the scientific services behind it more transparent.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 26.01.2024
Glacier melting destroys important climate data archive
Glacier melting destroys important climate data archive
As part of the Ice Memory initiative, PSI researchers, with colleagues from the University of Fribourg and Ca- Foscari University of Venice as well as the Institute of Polar Sciences of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), analysed ice cores drilled in 2018 and 2020 from the Corbassière glacier at Grand Combin in the canton of Valais.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 26.01.2024
'Valais is an ideal laboratory to study climate change impacts'
’Valais is an ideal laboratory to study climate change impacts’
Exploring the climate crisis with Jérôme Chappellaz, environmental scientist and academic director of ALPOLE at EPFL.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 04.01.2024
Let’s talk about solutions

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space - 04.01.2024
The rocky road to the beginning
The rocky road to the beginning
Craig Walton is the first NOMIS Fellow at the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life at ETH Zurich.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 20.12.2023
New landscape atlas helps us envision Paris in the future
New landscape atlas helps us envision Paris in the future
EPFL's Habitat Research Center has created the first atlas of Paris landscapes, after winning a request for proposals by the French government and the City of Paris.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.12.2023
The big clean-up in the atmosphere
The big clean-up in the atmosphere
If we want to achieve our climate goals and prevent irreversible changes to the Earth's climate system, we not only need to curb our greenhouse gas emissions, but also remove excess man-made CO2 from the atmosphere.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 06.12.2023
What should be done with all the CO2?
What should be done with all the CO2?
Capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and storing it either in recycled concrete aggregate or in geological reservoirs in Iceland is not only technically feasible, but also has a positive carbon footprint.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 04.12.2023
Climate change and... glaciers
Climate change and... glaciers
With increasing temperatures, more heatwaves and less snowfall, glacier melt is accelerating. Whether we will still have water reserves in the form of frozen ice by 2100 depends heavily on efforts to contain the climate crisis.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 30.11.2023
Travelogue Greenland, part 2
Travelogue Greenland, part 2
SLF biologist Christian Rixen writes about his expedition to Greenland in the footsteps of historical botanists - and climate change.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 23.11.2023
Travelogue Greenland, part 1
Travelogue Greenland, part 1
SLF biologist Christian Rixen writes about his expedition to Greenland in the footsteps of historical botanists - and climate change.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 14.11.2023
An advocate of public space
An advocate of public space

Environment - Earth Sciences - 25.10.2023
A summer of intense field-work for the GreenFjord
A summer of intense field-work for the GreenFjord
GreenFjord is a four-year research program intended to investigate how climate change is affecting ecosystems in southern Greenland.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 25.10.2023
GreenFjord project the focus of researchers' efforts over the summer
GreenFjord project the focus of researchers’ efforts over the summer
GreenFjord is a four-year research program intended to investigate how climate change is affecting ecosystems in southern Greenland.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 17.10.2023
CO2 out of thin air
CO2 out of thin air
To prevent irreversible and damaging changes to the Earth's climate system, we need to remove excess (man-made) CO2 from the atmosphere.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 03.10.2023
Collecting Plastic Waste in Pristine Bays
Collecting Plastic Waste in Pristine Bays
Along the coast of East Greenland lie some of the most untouched fjords and glacier landscapes in the world.

Earth Sciences - 12.09.2023
Ocean acidification in coloured stripes
Ocean acidification in coloured stripes

Mathematics - Earth Sciences - 26.06.2023
How a change of perspective caused a sensation
How a change of perspective caused a sensation
Using applied mathematics, Yunan Yang finds solutions to the inverse problems that arise in seismology, weather forecasts, and machine learning.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 06.06.2023
A world in flux
A world in flux
Heavier rain, longer droughts, melting glaciers: climate change has a dramatic impact on the global water cycle.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 17.05.2023
Why the Swiss are shipping CO 2 to Iceland
Yesterday, Swiss President Alain Berset toured the Carbfix plant in Iceland and visited the facilities where the pilot project "DemoUpCARMA" is implemented.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 27.04.2023
WSL/ETH Glaciologist Harry Zekollari receives award for his research
WSL/ETH Glaciologist Harry Zekollari receives award for his research

Earth Sciences - 30.03.2023
"Earthquake in Turkey was an earthquake doublet"
ETH Zurich researcher Luca Dal Zilio offers an insightful summary of the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, shedding light on the complex nature of this event.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 15.03.2023
«Using creative methods to look for solutions»
Manuela Brunner leads the new Hydrology & Climate Impacts in Mountain Regions research group at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 10.03.2023
Students want to invite the ocean on EPFL campus
Students want to invite the ocean on EPFL campus
To build awareness about the importance of oceans, Sailowtech, a student association, has launched a project to develop low-tech methods for collecting data at sea.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 08.03.2023
'This appointment shows that our work is gaining recognition abroad.'
’This appointment shows that our work is gaining recognition abroad.’

Earth Sciences - Architecture - 07.03.2023
Knowing where earthquakes will cause damage
Knowing where earthquakes will cause damage
The Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zurich has just introduced the first seismic risk model for Switzerland.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 14.02.2023
An atmospheric researcher with his feet firmly on the ground
An atmospheric researcher with his feet firmly on the ground
Atmospheric chemist Thomas Peter retired at the end of January. A profile of a man who taught us about the properties and processes of suspended particles and helped shape the second-largest department at ETH Zurich.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 31.01.2023
Could the lack of snow signal drought in 2023?
Could the lack of snow signal drought in 2023?
The snowfall level is rising, and the amount of snow falling - if any - is less than usual. As a result, summer and autumn droughts are becoming more frequent.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 31.01.2023
Researching, learning and adapting
Researching, learning and adapting
One of the greatest unknowns in climate change is the question of how particulate matter affects clouds. Yu Wang is using machine learning and satellite data to investigate the surprising role of these tiny particles in the atmosphere. In autumn 2014, Iceland's Holuhraun volcano erupted, spewing daily about 120,000 tonnes of sulphur dioxide into the air at its peak.

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 - 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.

Campus - Earth Sciences - 19.05.2022
Nathalie Dubois becomes titular professor at the ETH Zurich
Nathalie Dubois becomes titular professor at the ETH Zurich

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.

Earth Sciences - 25.02.2022
Lenny Winkel receives Science Innovation Award
Lenny Winkel receives Science Innovation Award

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
Polluted sediments can be decisive
Polluted sediments can be decisive

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 - 08.11.2021
Pills of sustainability: Humanity’s energy consumption - La Nave di Teseo

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.
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