RU lecture marathon 2016: Environmental engineering at RU - working towards a more resilient world
Enhancing resilience of mountain ecosystems
In mountain regions climate change and anthropogenic impacts will impact on fragile ecosystems and valuable water resources. Our projects aim at contributing to resilience based management of natural resources. In particular modeling approaches allow us to project impacts and provide adequate solutions to anticipate changes. See our projects on:
Panta Rhei – Everything Flows
Resilience-based management of natural resources: the fundamental role of water and soil in functional ecosystems
In this project we extended our work on using satellite snow cover images, glacier mass balances and discharge data to calibrate a physically based hydrological data (see Finger et al. 2011) to conceptual and lumped models. We demonstrated that the use of multiple data sets is more important than model complexity to make simulations mode realistic.
Tracer experiments to assess melt water flow paths
Retreating glacier threaten the water availability in mountain areas. In order to identify areas of greater risk we performed tracer experiments in the Swiss Alps and assessed the climate change impacts on water availability in mountain valleys.
See the report on our experiments on the national Swiss television...
Modeling climate change impacts on water resources
Within the framework of the EU/FP7 ACQWA Project we assessed future water
resources in alpine regions by running climate change projections of water availability for hydro-power
Within the Swiss Experiment we developed a data exchange platform for Swiss research institutions
- Postdoc at UC Davis, USA
Effects of hydropower operation and oligotrophication on internal processes in Lake Brienz
-Ph.D.-thesis at Eawag, Kastanienbaum, Lucerne