29 January - 2 February 2018
TERRAenVISION confrence in Barcelona, Spain: Session 10: Nature-based solutions for environmental, social and economic challenges, Organisers: Z. Kalantari, C.S.S. Ferreira, D. C. Finger, S. Keesstra; https://terraenvision2018.eu/session-abstracts/
19 October 2017
Call for abstract at EGU2018:
Session SSS9.3: Nature-based solutions to risk reduction of avalanches, landslides, sedimentation and other mass waste events
Session SSS9.11/NH9.18: Urban sustainable development: resilience to environmental problems and natural hazards through eco-engineering solutions (co-organized)
Abstract submission here:
10-12 October 2017
First Finse (Norway) International Snow Workshop with Key note lecturers from Norway, Switzerland, USA and Iceland:
4–8 September 2017
PhD candidate Yang Shu will present our newest results on "The
value of Doppler LiDAR systems to monitor turbulence intensity during storm events in Iceland" at the EMS Annual Meeting 2017, Dublin, Ireland
21 August 2017
Extracurricular Seminar on "Urban Floods" by Prof. Dr. Akira Kawamura (Tokyo Metropolitan University) - A joint research initiative between Tokyo Metropolitan University and Reykjavik
26 July 2017
Szent István University (Hungary) and Reykjavik University organize a joint initiative on circular economy, teaching future energy expert sustainable engineering:
17 July 2017
PhD candidate Yang Shu makes the headlines in the People's Daily, China's most popular newspaper:
5 May 2017
Presenting environmental models at the annual meeting of Samorka in Akureyri, Iceland
29 April 2017
International Experiences of Renewable Energies Training Course at Szent István University, Hungary
23-28 April 2017
We present at the EGU2017 in Vienna, Austria, our work on:
1) Hydro-meteorological risk reduction through land restoration in Rangárvellir, Iceland – an overview of the HydroResilience project; Fri, 28
Apr, 14:30–14:45, Room -2.21
2) Incorporating geoethics into environmental engineering lectures – three years of experience from international students visiting Iceland; Wed, 26 Apr, 17:30–19:00, Hall X4
3) The value of Doppler LiDAR systems to monitor turbulence intensity during storm events in order to enhance aviation safety in Iceland; Thu,
27 Apr, 17:30–19:00, Hall X5
4) Managing ecological drought and flood within a nature-based approach. Reality or illusion? Fri, 28 Apr, 17:30–19:00, Hall X1
5) Iceland as a demonstrator for a transition to low carbon economy? Mon, 24 Apr, 17:30–19:00, Hall X5
6) Elements patterns of soil and river sediments as a tracer of sediment migration; Tue, 25 Apr, 08:38–08:40, PICO spot 5b
3-4 April 2017
Join our environmental modeling workshop within the ESENIAS-Training course in Sofia, Bulgaria:
2 March 2017
Our snow hydrology workshop makes the headlines in the local newspaper:
28 February - 2 March 2017
The Agricultural University of Iceland and Reykjavik University are organizing a joint snow hydrology workshop funded by the Cost Action ES1404:
7-9 February 2017
Presenting "The Value Of Satellite Retrieved Snow Cover Images To Assess Water Resources And The Hydropower Potentials Of Ungauged Mountain Areas" at the 8th EARSeL Workshop on on Land Ice and Snow in Bern, Switzerland
15 December 2016
Students from the Environmental Impact Course will present their projects at Reykjavik University
20 Oct 2016
Call for abstracts at EGU2017 in Vienna are open. Please take a look at the following sessions:
6 October 2016
International conference: Minding the future. Bioeconomy in a changing Nordic reality, Reykjavik, Iceland. We will be discussing the importance of sustainable utilization of the living natural resources.
14-16 September 2016
We present our work on invasive species conducted within the ESENIAS Tools project at the NEOBIOTA 2016 - 9th International Conference on Biological Invasions, Vianden, Luxembourg.
31 August 2016
Invited talk at the Earth Environment Symposium at the Metropolitan University of Tokyo, Japan, on "Modelling Hydro-power Systems – case studies from Iceland and Switzerland":
30 August 2016
Join us for an open seminar at RU: Designing and implementing a low carbon economy - Aiming for carbon neutrality in 2050?
22 - 26 August 2016
We present at the SER2016 meeting in Freising, Germany, our project on "Enhancing the resilience of water resources through land restoration in Rangárvellir, Iceland – an overview of the
30 May 2016
Lecture marathon at Reykjavik University, Iceland: Environmental engineering at RU - working towards a more resilient world:
1 May 2016
Land Degradation & Development (LDD; Impact Factor: 8.145) is now accepting abstract for a special issue on "Connectivity in hydrology and sediment dynamics" (deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2016; deadline for papers: 15 December 2016) - more information here:
17 - 22 April 2016
We present at the EGU2016 in Vienna, Austria, our work on:
1) Monitoring of the invasive diatom Didymosphenia geminata in the
subarctic and in alpine areas of southern Europe:
2) Building up knowledge on resilience of fragile lands in subarctic climate:
3) Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice, an ideal place to teach and study earth
--> Pictures from the poster presentation taken by Prof. Kawamura (Tokyo Metropolitan University): http://www.comp.tmu.ac.jp/akira/photos/20160419Iceland/catalog.html
4) Increasing the resilience of water and soil resources through successful
restoration of eroded landscapes
5) Better models are more effectively connected models
31 March 2016
We present the metadatabase on land restoration in fragile lands in subarctic climate at the ES1104 meeting in London, UK (the talk starts at time 1:26:50):
7 March 2016
Our study on Global perspectives on hydrology, society and
change is online:
29 Feb - 4 Mar 2016
We present our metadatabase on land restoration in fragile lands in subarctic climate at the ES1306 meeting in Palermo, Italy:
link to the metadatabase:
5 Nov 2015
Call for abstracts at EGU2016 in Vienna are open. Please take a look at the following sessions:
5 Nov - 7 Nov 2015
We present first results of our investigations on invasive species in Elliðaár River at the BioIce conference at University of Iceland:
Link to the conference:
1 Sep - 3 Sep 2015
23 senior scientist and experts from all over Europe come to Iceland to discuss Connectivity research. Thank you for your visit and contribution.
Announcement by the Action:
1 June 2015
PhD-position for a visionary and dynamic individual available: investigating the value of Lidar observations in assessing atmospheric turbulence (deadline 14 July)
18 May 2015
We are looking for a young researcher interested in a summer job involving field work and database development: Database development in the River Elliðaár (deadline 14 June)
12 - 17 April 2015
We present at the EGU2015 in Vienna, Austria, our work on:
1) Assessing the hydropower potential of ungauged watersheds in Iceland using hydrological modeling and satellite retrieved snow cover images
2) Impacts of Climate change on the watershed of the hydropower reservoir Gigerwaldsee using hydrological modeling (by S. Etter, former MSc student)
3) The dynamic and ever-changing volcanic nature of Iceland - An outdoor laboratory for education on natural processes and the human impacts on them (by Þ Petursdottir)
4) Connectivity research in Iceland – using scientific tools to establish sustainable water management strategies
1 April 2015
Join our summer school in Iceland for an unforgettable experience of natural forces.
Registration open now (deadline 17 June)!
26 March 2015
Join us for a workshop on "Observing and modelling Connectivity" in September 2015. Registration now open (deadline 1 May)!
24 February 2015
Our study on 'The value of multiple dataset calibration versus model complexity for improving the performance of hydrological models in mountain catchments' is now online:
23 February 2015
The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and ProClim publish a strategy paper on climate adaptation activities. A valuable document summarizing important research activities in
17 February 2015
Within the EU Cost Action ES1104 we can provide a funded STSM on database development for "land degradation and restoration" to a young researcher. Closing date for applications is 6 March
16 December 2014
Students from the Environmental Impact Course will present their projects at Reykjavik University
21/22 November 2014
Former MSc student S. Etter will present the results of his thesis "Impacts of climate change on the water availability for the hydropower reservoir Gigerwaldsee using hydrological modeling" at the 12th Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Fribourg, Switzerland
9 September 2014
We present our work on "Using satellite snow cover images to enhance performance of snow, glacier and rain runoff projections for hydro power usages" at the International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium in Reykjavík, Iceland.
25 August 2014
We present our idea of water connectivity in Iceland at the Cost Action meeting in Wageningen, Netherlands
24 June 2014
Our working group "Resilience-based management of natural resources: the fundamental role of water and soil in functional ecosystems" became official part of the IAHS Scientific Decade
2013-2022 "Panta Rhei – Everything Flows":
29 May 2014
We presented our work on "Using satellite snow cover images to enhance performance of snow, glacier and rain runoff projections for hydro power usages" at a HEPEX Webinar:
27 April - 2 May 2014
We present at the EGU2014 our work on:
1) The value of data availability and model complexity to improve hydrological modelling:
2) Effective Ecological Restoration of Collapsed Ecosystems - Linking Soil, Water and Society
9 April 2014
Together with Halldór Björnsson we presented an overview of climate change and its impact on water resources in mountain areas at the Land Restoration Training Program of the United Nation University, Iceland.
15/16 November 2013
We will present our study on the effects of Swiss water protection laws on primary productivity in Swiss lakes at the Swiss Geoscience meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Furthermore, we will also present comparisons of snow- glacier and rain water estimates in mountain streams using hydrological models with different complexity.
Together with M. Eugster we held a three day GLOBE training course on glacier hydrology, including field investigations on Sardona Glacier, Switzerland.
20. August 2013
Our article on present and future water resources in the surroundings of the Glacier de la Plaine Morte in Switzerland, went online today:
5. August 2013
Our article quantifying the effects of oligotrophication on primary production is available online:
12. June 2013
Together with Austrian and Swiss partners we organized a session on"Water balance and climate change in mountain regions" at the Swiss-Austrian Mounatin Days in Mittersill, Austria:
10. April 2013
We presented our vision on "Preserving and maintaining vital Ecosystem Services: the importance of linking knowledge from Geosciences and social-ecological System analysis" at the EGU2013 meeting in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria.
23. March 2013
The bernese newspaper reports on our article about tracer experiments on the Plaine Morte Glacier:
6. March 2013
Our study on tracer experiments to identify glacier melt flow path ways in the Swiss Alps was published today in HESSD:
4. March 2013
Today is my first working day at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
20. February 2013
Presenting climate change impacts on water resources in mountain regions at the Soil Conservation Services of Iceland:
1. January 2013
I am heading for a sabbatical to the 'Soil Conservation Service of Iceland' - Landgræðsla ríkisins - in Gunnarsholti, Iceland
29. October 2012
We present at the International Rhine Conference in Kleve, Germany, the results of our studies on"impacts of climate change on water resources in Switzerland and its implication for the Rhine river".
10. September 2012
The Swiss National Council and the Council of States reject calls for artificial lake fertilization referring to the results of our study:
9. August 2012
The main Newspapers from Bern (Berner Zeitung), Zurich (Tagesanzeiger) and Basel (Basler Zeitung) report live from our second tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier:
5. July 2012
Presenting "Future water resources and hydropower production" within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Network:
SDC Network - Climate Change & Environment
29. June 2012
The Bernese newspaper reports on the results of our tracer experiment
"Wasser Energie Luft" prints our joint report (hydropower company/academics collaboration) on effects of climate change on hydropower production (in German):
28. June 2012
We presented our study (in preparation) about "Effects of re-oligotrophication on primary production in perialpine lakes" at the SIL-Austria meeting in Krumpendorf near Klagenfurt, Austria:
29. May 2012
The University of Bern organized a science slam event. See the contribution about "Is climate research a game of dice?"
8. April 2012
The Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung publishes a report on our hydro-power study
23. March 2012
We present our study (in preparation) about present and future water flow ways in the surroundings of the Glacier de la Plaine Morte (in German) at the "Tag der Hydrologie" in Freiburg, Germany
29. February 2012
Our work on the value of satellite images to improve hydrological modelling is presented in the "Colloquium in Climatology, Climate Impact and Remote Sensing"
16. February 2012
Swiss national television reports a second time on results from the tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier
The same emission reported also on artificial fertilization of Lake Brienz.
2. February 2012
The Bernese newspaper Der Bund reports on fishing yields in Lake Brien.
5. January 2012
Our study on the future of hydro-power in Vispa valley in southern Switzerland is online:
The study even made it to the title page of WRR:
21. December 2011
11. - 13. November 2011
We present the results of the tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier at the 9th Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Zurich, Switzerland (see talk 8.4)
8. September 2011
Caving News reports on our tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier
3. September 2011
The Bernese newspaper Berner Oberländler reports on our tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier.
1. September 2011
Swiss national television reports on our tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier.
12. July 2011
Our study about calibration of hydrological models with satellite snow cover images is online:
1. July - 30. July 2011
The NGO ICIMOD in Nepal invites us to set up a joint research project proposal. The SAFE-KOSHI idea (Strategies to adapt to climate change impacts on freshwater ecosystem services in representative vulnerable small scale watersheds in the Koshi river basin) is initiated and a joint project proposal is elaborated.
2. May 2011
Today is my first working day at the Institute of Geography of the University of Berne, Switzerland. Within this position I will investigate interdisciplinary environmental issues using various modeling concepts. Feel free to contact me for further information.
7. April 2011
We present our study about "Comparison of current and future effects of hydropower operations and climatic forcing on runoff in alpine streams" at the European Geoscience Union in Vienna
28. November 2010
After two exciting years of investigating how to calibrate distributed, physically based hydrological models, I am looking for new challenges. In particular I am interested in resolving applied limnological and hydrological problems.
8 - 12 March 2010
ICIMOD and ETHZ are hosting a joint workshop on "Snow and Glacier Melt Runoff Modelling in the Indus Basin" with expert from Pakistan and Afghanistan. http://www.icimod.org/?q=651
29. September 2008
I decided to go online. Here is a first version of my new homepage. But most parts are still under construction. Thanks for your visit anyway.