Projects

Current projects (selection)

Extreme floods in Switzerland
Hydrometeorological scenarios across a wide range of scales and return periods for all of Switzerland
Realised at: University of Zurich
Collaboration: University of Bern · Universtiy of Graz, AT · University of Grenoble, FR
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) · Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
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) · Canton of Aargau · Canton of Bern · Canton of 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) · University of Bern · University of Fribourg · University of Geneva · University of Lausanne
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
In the media: Press release
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· Swissinfo
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Mountains: Water towers for food production?
Model-based assessments regarding the importance of mountain runoff for irrigated agriculture and food production downstream
Realised at: University of Zurich
Collaboration: Aalto University, Espoo, SF · International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, AT · University of Bremen, DE · University of Innsbruck, AT
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Completed projects (selection)

2019–2021
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Flood events from continuous simulation in the context of dam safety
Development of statistical methods for identifying representative hydrographs from extensive hydrometeorological simulations
Realised at: University of Zurich
Collaboration: Department of Mathematics, University of Zurich
Funding: Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
Read more: News item at Federal Office of Energy
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2016–2021
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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, SE · 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, FR
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)
In the media: Press release (FOEN)
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· news item at Department of Geography, University of Zurich
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· Aargauer Zeitung
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· Basler Zeitung
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· Berner Zeitung
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· Bote der Urschweiz
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· Jungfrau Zeitung
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· Luzerner Zeitung
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· Neue Zürcher Zeitung
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· Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (Echo der Zeit)
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· Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (Rendez-vous)
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· Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (Tagesschau)
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· St. Galler Tagblatt
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· Südostschweiz
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· Tages-Anzeiger
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Read more: Project synthesis (English)
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· project synthesis and collection of all project reports (German)
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2014–2016 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, FR
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
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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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2011 Mountain water resources under climate change: A comprehensive highland-lowland assessment
Elaboration of new perspectives on mountains in the context of global water resources
Realised at: Imperial College, London, UK
Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
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)
Read more: Synthesis report
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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, CN · Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna, AT · Imperial College, London, UK · International Research Society INTERPRAEVENT, Klagenfurt, AT · JBA Consulting, Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK · National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Christchurch, NZ · Newcastle University, UK · Provincial Government of Carinthia, Klagenfurt, AT · Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Zaragoza, ES · Tel-Hai Academic College, IL · University at Albany, NY, US · University of British Columbia, CA · University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, ZA · University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US
Funding: Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) · Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
In the media: Neue Urner Zeitung
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· Neue Zürcher Zeitung · Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
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Read more: Special isue in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
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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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· data download
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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
In the media: TEC21
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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)
Read more: Synthesis report on analyses of 2005 flood in Switzerland
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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
In the media: Neue Zürcher Zeitung · Tages-Anzeiger
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, FR · 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)