Projects

Current projects (selection)

Flood hazards and risk trends along the Aare River under a changing climate
Study within the pilot programme on climate change adaptation in Switzerland
Realised at: University of Zurich
Collaboration: Geotest AG · Hunziker, Zarn & Partner AG
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) · Cantons of Aargau, Bern and Solothurn
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Hydrological basis for climate change adaptation measures (Hydro-CH2018)
Synthesis report for Switzerland, contributions to chapters on uncertainties and on floods
Realised at: University of Zurich
Collaboration: Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf · Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ) · Universities of Bern, Fribourg, Geneva and Lausanne
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
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Understanding extreme flood events in the Aare River (EXAR)
Analyses based on comprehensive meteorological, hydrological and hydraulic modelling
Realised at: University of Zurich
Collaboration: Geotest AG · Hunziker, Zarn & Partner AG · IUB Engineering AG · Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Villigen · Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), Stockholm, SWE · Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf · Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) · Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ) · University of Bern · University of Grenoble, F
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) · Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) · Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) · Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP) · Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss)
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Value of data in ungauged catchments
Can hydrological models be improved with well-targeted field measurements?
Realised at: University of Zurich
Funding: University of Zurich
Significance of mountain areas for water resources ("Water Towers")
Data- and model-based analyses from regional to global scale
Realised at: University of Bern · Imperial College, London · University of Zurich
Collaboration: Aalto University, Espoo, SF · Columbia University, NY, US · International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, AUT · NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NY, US · Sorbonne University, Paris, F · Stanford University, CA, US · Utrecht University, NL
Funding: Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) · Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) · University of Bern · University of Zurich

Completed projects (selection)

2014 Natural runoff in the Glenner River 1930–2013 and impacts of hydropower use
Process-oriented hydrological modelling with consideration of hydropower use
Realised at: belop gmbh, Sarnen
Funding: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
2013–2018 Flood volume estimation for ungauged mesoscale catchments in Switzerland
Synthetic Design Hydrograph approach, aimed at practical application in consulting and engineering
Realised at: belop gmbh, Sarnen · University of Zurich
Collaboration: AIC Ingénieurs Conseils SA, Lausanne · University of Grenoble (F)
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
2012–2017 Mountain torrent and runoff channel hydraulics
Detailed models for hydraulic engineering concepts and risk assessments, based on extensive field surveys
Realised at: belop gmbh, Sarnen
Funding: Various municipalities and cantons in Switzerland
2012–2017 Hydraulic engineering, flood hydrology and hydrologic risk assessments
Practical projects with focus on mountainous areas and mountain torrents
Realised at: belop gmbh, Sarnen
Funding: Numerous companies, municipalities and cantons in Switzerland · Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) · Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO)
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2010–2011 Residual flow values in the Landquart, Hinterrhein and Vorderrhein Rivers, Grisons, CH
Process-oriented hydrological modelling with consideration of hydropower use
Realised at: University of Bern
Collaboration: TK Consult AG, Zurich
Funding: Amt für Natur und Umwelt ANU, Chur (GR)
2009–2011 Assessment of climate change impacts on Switzerland’s hydrology (CCHydro)
Process-oriented hydrological modelling of flow regime, floods and low flow under climate change
Realised at: University of Bern
Collaboration: Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmendsdorf · Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ) · University of Zurich
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
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2009–2011 Climate change and water resources management in mountain areas
Conception, organisation and moderation of an international invited workshop in Göschenen, CH
Realised at: University of Bern
Collaboration: Changjiang Water Resources Commission, Wuhan, PRC · Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna, AUT · Imperial College, London, UK · International Research Society INTERPRAEVENT, Klagenfurt, AUT · JBA Consulting, Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK · National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Christchurch, NZ · Newcastle University, UK · Provincial Government of Carinthia, Klagenfurt, AUT · Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Zaragoza, ESP · Tel-Hai Academic College, ISR · University at Albany, NY, USA · University of British Columbia, CDN · University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, ZA · University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Funding: Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) · Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
2008–2010 New foundations for flood estimation in Switzerland
Comprehensive flood-hydrological assessment of 450 meso-scale, mostly ungauged catchments with hydrological modelling (PREVAHregHQ)
Realised at: University of Bern
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
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2007–2009 Flood prediction model for the Sihl River, Zurich
Coupling of process-oriented hydrological modelling (PREVAH) and hydraulic modelling (FLORIS)
Realised at: University of Bern
Collaboration: Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf · TK Consult AG, Zürich
Funding: Amt für Abfall, Wasser, Energie und Luft (AWEL), Canton of Zürich
2006–2008 Analysis of the 2005 flood event in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Sensitivity analyses based on process-oriented hydrological modelling
Realised at: University of Bern
Collaboration: Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss)
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
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2006–2007 Worst-Case scenarios for the Sihl River, Zürich
Scenario and historical analyses using process-oriented hydrological modelling
Realised at: University of Bern
Collaboration: Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss) · TK Consult AG, Zürich
Funding: Amt für Abfall, Wasser, Energie und Luft (AWEL), Canton of Zürich
2005–2006 Potential analysis for small hydropower plants, concept study
Combination of process-oriented hydrological modelling and Geographic Information Systems GIS
Realised at: University of Bern
Collaboration: econcept GmbH, Zürich
Funding: Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
2005–2007 Network building among scientific staff in mountain hydrology
Initiation of work on global mountain water resources assessments
Realised at: University of Bern
Collaboration: Sorbonne University, Paris, F · Utrecht University, NL
Funding: Association of Intermediate Staff, University of Bern (MVUB)
2002–2007 Process-based flood estimation for ungauged mesoscale catchments in Switzerland
Further development and application of the hydrological modelling system PREVAH
Realised at: University of Bern · Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ)
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for Water and Geology (FOWG)