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MAS in Sustainable Water Resources Information
Das Masterprogramm (Master of Advanced Studies) in erneuerbaren Wasserressourcen ist ein vollzeitlicher Weiterbildungsdiplomlehrgang über 12 Monate. Der Fokus des Programms liegt auf der Nachhaltigkeit und Wasserressourcen in Lateinamerika, mit einem speziellen Augenmerk auf die Einflüsse von Entwicklung und Klimaveränderung auf die Wasserressourcen. Der Kurs verbindet multidisziplinäre Kursarbeit mit hochrangiger Forschung. Eine Auswahl der Forschungsthemen sind: Wasserqualität, Wasserquantität, Wasser für die Landwirtschaft, Wasser für die Umwelt, Anpassungen an die Klimaveränderung und integrierte Wasserwirtschaft. Sprache: Englisch. Kreditpunkte: 66 ECTS. Für weitere Informationen: http://www.ifu.ethz.ch/MAS_SWR
Obligatorische Lehrveranstaltungen
118-0111-00LSustainability and Water Resources Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Number of participants limited to 16.

Suitable for MSc and PhD students.
Automatic admittance is given to students of MAS Sustainable Water Resources. All other registrations accepted until capacity is reached.
O3 KP2GD. Molnar, P. Molnar
KurzbeschreibungThe block course on Sustainability and Water Resources features invited experts from a range of disciplines, who present their experiences working with sustainability issues related to water resources. The students are exposed to many different perspectives, and learn how to critically evaluate sustainability issues with respect to water resources management.
LernzielThe course provides the students with background information on sustainability in relation to water resources within an international and multidisciplinary framework. The lectures challenge the students to consider sustainability and the importance of water availability and water scarcity in a changing world, at the same time preparing them to face the challenges of the future, e.g. climate and land use change, increased water use and population growth.
InhaltThe course offers the students the opportunity to learn about sustainability and water resources in a multi-disciplinary fashion, with a focus on case studies from around the world. Selected topics include: Sustainability Issues in Water Resources, the EU Water Framework Directive, Mining in Latin America, Environmental Flows, and Water Quality Issues. Group exercises, which encourage debate and discussion, are an important component of the course. For more information, please visit Link.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesFor further information, contact the MAS coordinator, Darcy Molnar (darcy.molnar@ifu.baug.ethz.ch)
118-0112-00LParticipatory and Integrated Water Resources Planning Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Number of participants limited to 25.

The course is complementary to "Water Resources Management" (102-0488-00L).
O3 KP3VA. Castelletti
KurzbeschreibungThe course develops basic knowledge and skills for modelling, planning and managing water resources systems in a balanced and sustainable way. The emphasis will be on the operational aspects of water management, including: introduction to participatory decision-making, modelling of the multiple stakes and socio-economic processes, introduction to dynamic and stochastic optimization approaches.
LernzielThe course aims at illustrating the complex framework of participatory approach in the field of water resources projects, with particular focus on the modelling of the quantitative aspects of the combined dynamics of the physical and socio-economic processes.
InhaltLec 00. Course introduction. The world water resources. Water crisis and the concept of Participatory and Integrated Water Resources Management (PIWRM). Water trading.

Lec 01. Rationalizing the decision-making process. From traditional water resources planning and management to PIWRM: rationalizing and supporting the decision-making process. The need for negotiations. Negotiation game.
Outline of the Participatory and Integrated Planning procedure proposed as a guidance to the decision-making process using a real world case study.

Lec 02. Cloosing the loop: how to plan the management. How to incorporate recurrent management decisions into a rational decision-making framework. From model based decision-making to decision support systems. Full-rationality and partial-rationality. Underlying example the Zambezi river system.

Lec 03. Actions and evaluation criteria. Identification of the actions suitable to pursue the overall objective of the planning exercise. Type of actions and associated property. Embedding actions into models. Stakeholders, sectors and evaluation criteria: how stakeholders evaluate the planning alternatives. Criterion hierarchy and indicators: operationalize evaluation criteria.

Lec 04. Criteria and indicators. Example of indicators. Validation of the indicators against the stakeholders. Numerical exercise. Underlying examples from Red River System (Vietnam), Tono dam (Japan), Googong reservoir (Australia), Lake Maggiore and Lake Como (Italy).

Lec 05. Re-operating the Kafue reservoir system. Real world case study developed interactively with the students, to experience all the concepts provided in the previous lectures. Reading material will be assigned on 22.3

Lec 06. Models of a water system. The system analysis perspective on water resources modelling. Example of models of water system components (reservoir, diversion dam, rivers, users). Implications of cooperation and information sharing on the model formulation. Operational implications of model complexity. Case studies.

Lec 07. Formulation of the planning/management problem. Why we need it. What do we need to formulate the problem: from the indicators to the objectives; time horizon; scenarios. Dealing with uncertainty. Problem formulation and classification. How do modelling choices affect the final solution (hidden subjectivity).

Lec 08. Water resources optimal planning. The planning of water resources. Examples from real world problems at different scales (e.g. Egypt Water plan; Controlling salt intrusion in Nauru (Pacific Island); planning water quality remediation interventions in lakes and reservoirs (Googong reservoir, Australia)). Interactive lectures with students. Overview of the different approaches available to resolve the problem, from exact solution to heuristic.

Lec 09. Planning the New Valley water system in Egypt. Real world case study developed interactively with the student, to experience all the concepts provided in the previous lectures.

Lec 10. Planning in non stationary conditions: the Red River (Vietnam). Real world case study developed interactively with the student, to experience all the concepts provided in the previous lectures.
SkriptCourse lectures are almost fully covered by the following two textbooks accordingly to the indications provided at the end of each lecture:

R. Soncini-Sessa, A. Castelletti, and E. Weber, 2007. Integrated and participatory water resources management. Theory. Elsevier, The Netherlands.

R. Soncini-Sessa, F. Cellina, F. Pianosi, and E. Weber, 2007. Integrated and participatory water resources management. Practice. Elsevier, The Netherlands.
LiteraturAdditional readings:
S.P. Simonovic, 2009. Managing water resources: Methods and tools for a systems approach, Earthscan, London.
D.P. Loucks, E. van Beek, 2005. Water Resources Systems Planning and Management: An Introduction to Methods, Models and Applications, UNESCO, Paris.
K.D.W. Nandalal, J. Bogardi, 2007. Dynamic Programming Based Operation of Reservoirs, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesLecture notes, slides and other material will be posted on the course web page the day before each lecture.
102-0218-00LProcess Engineering II (Physical-Chemical Processes) Information O6 KP4GE. Morgenroth, K. M. Udert
KurzbeschreibungBeschreibung und Entwurf physikalisch-chemischer und biologischer Verfahren und Verfahrenskombinationen zur Trinkwasseraufbereitung und Abwasserreinigung
LernzielVerständnis für kritische Wasserqualitätsparameter in Trinkwasserressourcen und Abwasser und Kenntnis der verfahrenstechnischen Möglichkeiten zu deren Elimination. Mit Schwerpunkt auf physikalisch-chemischen Verfahren soll das Prozessverständnis geschult werden und Berechnungsgrundlagen für den Entwurf von Behandlungsverfahren und Verfahrensketten erarbeitet werden.
InhaltFolgende Verfahren und Verfahrenskombinationen werden detailliert behandelt:
Chemische Oxidation und Desinfektion
Prozesskombinationen Abwasser
Prozesskombinationen Trinkwasser
LiteraturM&E: Tchobanoglous, G., Stensel, H.D., Tsuchihashi, R. and Burton, F.L., 2013. Wastewater engineering: treatment and resource recovery. 5th edition. Volume 1 & 2. New York, McGraw-Hill.
MWH: Crittenden, J.C., Trussel, R.R., Hand, D.W., Howe, K., Tchobanoglous, G., 2012. MWH's water treatment principles and design, 3rd edition. ed. Wiley, Hoboken, N.J.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesVoraussetzung: Besuch der Vorlesung Process Engineering I
102-0248-00LInfrastructure Systems in Urban Water Management Information
Prerequisites: 102-0214-02L Urban Water Management I and 102-0215-00L Urban Water Management II.
O3 KP2GM. Maurer, A. Scheidegger
KurzbeschreibungIn the environmental engineering practice an increasing demand for infrastructure management skills can be observed. This course gives an introductory overview of infrastructure management skills needed for urban water infrastructures, with a specific focus on pipe deterioration and engineering economics.
LernzielAfter successfully finished the class, the participants will have the following skills and knowledge:
- They can perform basic engineering economic analysis
- Knows the typical value and costs involved with running a wastewater infrastructure
- Knows the key principles of infrastructure management
- Knows how to quantify the future rehabilitation demand
InhaltThe nationwide coverage of water distribution and wastewater treatment is one of the major public works achievements in Switzerland and other countries. Annually and per person, 135'000 kg drinking water is produced and distributed and over 535'000 kg rain- and wastewater is drained. These impressive services are done with a pipe network of almost 200'000 km with an total replacement value of 30'000 CHF per capita.
The water services in Switzerland are moving from a phase of new constructions into one of maintenance and optimization. The aim today must be to ensure that existing infrastructure is professionally maintained, to reduce costs and to ensure the implementation of modern, improved technologies and approaches. These challenging tasks call for sound expertise and professional management.
This course gives an introduction into basic principles of water infrastructure management. The focus is primarily Switzerland, but most methods and conclusions are valid for many other countries.
SkriptThe script 'Engineering Economics for Public Water Utilities' can be downloaded on the lecture website:
LiteraturSee the reading resources on the lecture website:
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesLecture website:
102-0448-00LGroundwater IIO6 KP4GM. Willmann
KurzbeschreibungThe course is based on the course 'Groundwater I' and is a prerequisite for further applications of groundwater flow and contaminant transport models.
LernzielThe course should enable students to understand and apply methods and tools for groundwater flow and transport modelling.

the student should be able to
a) formulate practical flow and contaminant transport problems.

b) solve steady-state and transient flow and transport problems in 2 and 3 spatial dimensions using numerical codes based on the finite difference method and the finite element methods.

c) solve simple inverse flow problems for parameter estimation given measurements.

d) assess simple multiphase flow problems.

e) assess spatial variability of parameters and use of stochastic techniques in this task.

f) solve simple flow problems affected by fluid density.

g) assess simple coupled reactive transport problems.
InhaltIntroduction and basic flow and contaminant transport equation.

Numerical solution of the 3D flow equation using the finite difference method.

Numerical solution to the flow equation using the finite element equation

Numerical solution to the transport equation using the finite difference method.

Numerical solution to the transport equation using the method of characteristics and the random walk method.

Numerical solution to the transport equation: Case studies.

Two-phase flow and Unsaturated flow problems.

Modelling of flow problems affected by fluid density.

Spatial variability of parameters and its geostatistical representation.

Geostatistics and stochastic modelling.

Reactive transport modelling.
Literatur- J. Bear, Hydraulics of Groundwater, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1979
- P.A. Domenico, F.W. Schwartz, Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology, J. Wilson & Sons, New York, 1990

- Chiang und Kinzelbach, 3-D Groundwater Modeling with PMWIN. Springer, 2001.

- G. de Marsily, Quantitative Hydrogeology, Academic Press, 1986

- W. Kinzelbach und R. Rausch: Grundwassermodellierung, Eine Einführung mit Uebungen Gebrüder Bornträger, Berlin, 1995, ISBN 3-443-01032-6

- F. Stauffer: Strömungsprozesse im Grundwasser, Konzepte und Modelle vdf, 1998, ISBN 3-7281-2641-1
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe exercises of the course are organized as a computer lab (one lesson per week). The computer lab will provide hands-on experience with groundwater modelling.
102-0468-00LWatershed Modelling Information O3 KP2GP. Molnar
KurzbeschreibungIntroduction to watershed modelling with applications of GIS in hydrology, the use of semi- and fully-distributed continuous watershed models, and their calibration and validation. The course contains substantive practical modelling experience in several assignments.
LernzielWatershed Modelling is a course in the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Programme. It is a practical course in which the students learn to (a) use GIS in hydrological applications, (b) calibrate and validate models, (c) apply and interpret semi- and fully- distributed continuous watershed models, and (d) discuss several modelling case studies. This course is a follow up of Hydrology 2 and requires solid computer skills.
Inhalt- Introduction to watershed modelling
- GIS in watershed modelling (ArcGIS exercise)
- Calibration and validation of models
- Semi-distributed modelling with PRMS (model description, application)
- Distributed watershed modelling with TOPKAPI (model description, application)
- Modelling applications and case studies (climate change scenarios, land use change, basin erosion)
Literatur- Lecture presentations
- Exercise documentation
- Relevant scientific papers
all posted on the course website
102-0488-00LWater Resources ManagementO3 KP2GD. Anghileri
KurzbeschreibungModern engineering approach to problems of sustainable water resources, planning and management of water allocation requires the understanding of modelling techniques that allow to account for comprehensive water uses (thereby including ecological needs) and stakeholders needs, long-term analysis and optimization. The course presents the most relevant approaches to address these problems.
LernzielThe course provides the essential knowledge and tools of water resources planning and management. Core of the course are the concepts of data analysis, simulation, optimization and reliability assessment in relation to water projects and sustainable water resources management.
InhaltThe course is organized in four parts.
Part 1 is a general introduction to the purposes and aims of sustainable water resources management, problem understanding and tools identification.
Part 2 recalls Time Series Analysis and Linear Stochastic Models. An introduction to Nonlinear Time Series Analysis and related techniques will then be made in order to broaden the vision of how determinism and stochasticity might sign hydrological and geophysical variables.
Part 3 deals with the optimal allocation of water resources and introduces to several tools traditionally used in WRM, such as linear and dynamic programming. Special attention will be devoted to optimization (deterministic and stochastic) and compared to simulation techniques as design methods for allocation of water resources in complex and competitive systems, with focus on sustainability and stakeholders needs.
Part 4 will introduce to basic indexes used in economical and reliability analyses, and will focus on multicriteria analysis methods as a tool to assess the reliability of water systems in relation to design alternatives.
SkriptA copy of the lecture handouts will be available on the webpage of the course. Complementary documentation in the form of scientific and technical articles, as well as excerpts from books will be also made available.
LiteraturA number of book chapters and paper articles will be listed and suggested to read. They will also be part of discussion during the oral examination.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesSuggested relevant courses: Hydrologie I (or a similar content course) and Wasserhaushalt (Teil "Wasserwirtschaft", 4. Sem. UmweltIng., or a similar content course) for those students not belonging to Environmental Engineering.
102-0838-00LEnvironmental Sanitation Planning and Infrastructure in Developing CountriesO2 KP2GC. Zurbrügg
KurzbeschreibungIntroduction to issues of water supply, excreta, wastewater and solid waste disposal in developing countries with a focus on urban areas. Connections between these processes and health, resource conservation as well as environmental protection. New concepts and planning approaches that aim at preventing disease as well as protecting and conserving resources.
LernzielStudents receive an introduction to issues of water supply, excreta, waste water and solid waste disposal in developing countries. They understand the connections between waste disposal, health, resource conservation and environmental protection. Besides, they learn how water supply, wastewater and solid waste disposal and urban agriculture can be combined, in order to achieve the development policy goals in terms of disease prevention, resource conservation, and environmental protection.
InhaltOverview of the health situation, water supply, and liquid and solid waste disposal in developing countries. Sector development policy of Switzerland and multilateral agencies. Technical and scientific fundamentals of water supply, sanitation and solid waste management. Material flows in water supply, waste disposal and urban agriculture. New concepts and approaches for sustainable sanitation services in developing countries - especially poor urban areas.
SkriptCourse notes and further reading will be mada available on the ETHZ Moodle portal, all students will receive a Moodle password during the 1st lecture.
LiteraturThe selected literature references will be made available on Moodle.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThis course includes 2 exercises on selected subjects.
651-4080-00LFluvial SedimentologyO2 KP2GP. Huggenberger
KurzbeschreibungVerständnis der Zusammenhänge zwischen Sedimenttransport, Sedimentsortierung und Sedimentstrukturen in grobkörnigen fluvialen Ablagerungen.
LernzielBeschreibung von grobkörnigen fluvialen Sedimenten, Kennenlernen von Ablagerungsmilieus und der wichtigsten Sedimentationsprozesse, Modelle zur Beschreibung fluvialer Systeme. aktuelle Fragestellungen und Anwendungen
Zielpublikum: Erdwissenschafter, Umweltnaturwissenschaftler, Geographen
Inhalt- Kennenlernen der Grundlagen für die Beschreibung von fluvialen Sedimenten, inklusive geophysikalische Methoden,
Schwergewicht: grobkörnige Kiese, Konglomerate
- Faziesanalyse (Korngrössenverteilungen, Sortierungen, Sedimenttexturen und Strukturen) von fluvialen Sedimenten
- Prozesse des Sedimenttransportes, Ablagerung, und Sortierung, Rolle der Turbulenz
- Erkennen der Zusammenhänge zwischen geologischen Archiven und rezenten Flusssystemen, Einfluss der Dynamik von Flusssystemen auf das Erhaltungspotential von Sedimentstrukturen
-Landschaftsgestaltende Prozesse, Ereignisse
-Ökologische Aspekte der fluvialen Sedimentologie
-Aktuelle Fragen der Sedimentologie
-aktuelle Entwicklungen Untersuchungsmethoden
SkriptEin Script wird im Laufe der Vorlesung abgegeben (Text, Beilagen, Figuren)
LiteraturCalow, P. and Petts, G., 1995, The Rivers Handbook: Hydrological and Ecological Principles, Volume I and II
Miall, A. D., 1985, The Geology of Fluvial Deposits, Sedimentary Facies Analysis, Basin Analysis, and Petroleum Geology
Chiang, H. H. 1992, Fluvial Processes in River Engineering
Best, J. L. and Bristow, C. S., 1993, Braided Rivers, Geological Society Special Publication, No 75.
Clifford, N. J. et al. 1993, Turbulence, Perspectives on Flow and Sediment Transport, Wiley, 360 p.
- weitere Literatur wird während des Kurses angegeben
Clifford, N. J. and French, J. R. and Hardisty, J., 1993, Turbulence, Perspectives on Flow and Sediment Transport
Bridge, John S., 2003, Rivers and Floodplains; Forms, Processes and Sedimentary Record
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesLektüre Fachliteratur begleitend zur Vorlesung
Voraussetzungen: GZ Erdwissenschaften

Wichtiger Bestandteill des Kurses sind Arbeitsexkursionen
118-0112-01LParticipatory and Integrated Water Resources Planning Laboratory Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Number of participants limited to 20.

Only for MAS in Sustainable Water Resources and Environmental Engineering MSc.

This course (118-0112-01 laboratory) can only be taken in combination with 118-0112-00 (theory part).
O2 KP2UD. Anghileri, A. Castelletti
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThis course (118-0112-01 exercises) can only be taken in combination with 118-0112-00 (theory part).
101-0278-00LHochwasserschutz Information W3 KP2GH. P. Willi
KurzbeschreibungKonzepte und bauliche Massnahmen zur Verhinderung bzw. Verminderung von Hochwasserschäden sowie erfolgversprechende Methoden zur Umsetzung einer ganzheitlichen Planung in der Praxis.
LernzielKennenlernen der Prozesse, die zu Hochwasserschäden führen, der verschiedenen Konzepte und baulichen Massnahmen, mit denen sie verhindert bzw. vermindert werden können sowie erfolgversprechende Methoden zur Umsetzung der Planung in der Praxis.Integrales Risikomanagement.
InhaltErläuterung der massgebenden Prozesse: Überflutung, Auflandung, Übersarung, Seiten- und Tiefenerosion, Murgänge.
Konzept der differenzierten Schutzziele für verschiedene Landnutzungen (von Naturland bis Industriegebiet).
Grundsätzliche Möglichkeiten des Hochwasserschutzes.
Raumplanung auf der Basis von Gefahrenzonen.
Klassische Massnahmen gegen Hochwasserschäden an Beispielen (Kapazitätserhöhung, Entlastungsbauwerke, Rückhaltbecken, Flutmulden, Polder).
Objektschutz als weiterführende Massnahme.
Betrachtung des Überlastfalls, Notfallmassnahmen.
Schadenbestimmung und Risikoabschätzung.
Umgang mit dem verbleibenden Risiko.
Zielkonflikte bei der Umsetzung der Massnahmen.
Angepasste Vorgehensweise.
Bearbeiten von Fallstudien in der Gruppe.
Skript(kein Skript zur Vorlesung)
LiteraturRichtlinien und Wegleitungen der zuständigen Schweizer Bundesämter (insbesondere Bundesamt für Umwelt, BAFU)
651-1504-00LSnowcover: Physics and ModellingW4 KP3GM.  Schneebeli, H. Löwe
KurzbeschreibungSnow is a fascinating high-temperature material and relevant for applications in glaciology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, polar climatology, remote sensing and natural hazards. This course introduces key concepts and underlying physical principles of snow, ranging from individual crystals to polar ice sheets.
LernzielThe course aims at a cross-disciplinary overview about the phenomenology of relevant processes in the snow cover, traditional and advanced experimental methods for snow measurements and theoretical foundations with key equations required for snow modeling. Tutorials and short presentations will also consider the bigger picture of snow physics with respect to climatology, hydrology and earth science.
InhaltThe lectures will treat snow formation, crystal growth, snow microstructure, metamorphism, ice physics, snow mechanics, heat and mass transport in the snowcover, surface energy balance, snow models, wind transport, snow chemistry, electromagnetic properties, experimental techniques.

The tutorials include a demonstration/exercise part and a presentation part. The demonstration/exercise part consolidates key subjects of the lecture by means of small data sets, mathematical toy models, order of magnitude estimates, image analysis and visualization, small simulation examples, etc. The presentation part comprises short presentations (about 15 min) based on selected papers in the subject.

A short presentation by the student in one of the tutorials is a pre-requisite to pass the course. Topics for the presentations will be offered in the first week of the semester. A good performance in the presentations will be counted as a bonus on the grade for the written exam.

First practical experience with modern methods measuring snow properties can be acquired in a voluntary field excursion.
SkriptLecture notes and selected publications.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesWe offer a voluntary field excursion to Davos on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Davos. We will demonstrate traditional and modern field-techniques (snow profile, Near-infrared photography, SnowMicroPen) and you will have the chance to use the instruments yourself. The excursion includes a visit of the SLF cold laboratories with the micro-tomography setup and the snowmaker.
651-1506-00LThe High-Mountain Cryosphere: Processes and Risks (University of Zurich)
Der Kurs muss direkt an der UZH belegt werden.
UZH Modulkürzel: GEO856

Beachten Sie die Einschreibungstermine an der UZH: http://www.uzh.ch/studies/application/mobilitaet.html
W3 KP2GUni-Dozierende
KurzbeschreibungPart I: Hazards in glacierized high-mountain regions
Hazard assessments in cold high-mountain areas with respect to glaciers and permafrost.

Part II: Paleoglaciology
Ice-related aspects of the recent earth and climate history (Ice Age, Holocene, 20. century): reconstruction/modeling of past glaciers/ice sheets and interpretation of information from ice cores.
LernzielPart I: Hazards in glacierized high-mountain regions
Knowledge about integrative hazard assessment techniques in high-mountain areas under conditions of climate change.

Part II: Paleoglaciology
Understanding of the role of glaciers and ice sheets in the climate system through time since the last Ice Age; knowledge of corresponding reconstruction techniques and of the glaciological basis for ice core interpretation.
InhaltPart I: Natural hazards in glacierised mountain regions
- Introduction and instruction e-learning, Hazard/risk concepts
- Introduction to Part II, Paleoglaciology
- e-learning glacier floods and ice avalanches
- Comments on glacier floods, Comments on ice avalanches, climate-induced glacier changes
- Recent case studies
- Application of remote sensing, Principles and applications of numerical mass movement models
- Glacier-clad volcanoes
- Feedbacks on exercises and test

Part II: Paleoglaciology
2-day block course (Friday and Saturday)
Including written test on Paleoglaciology, Subjects include:
- Former glaciers/ice sheets: outlines and geometry
- Former glaciers/ice sheets: flow, mass turnover, temperature, etc.
- Former glaciers/ice sheets: changes in time
- Ice cores: archive (embedding) characteristics
- Ice cores: Information carriers, polar und alpine examples
- Nuclear waste disposal and ice ages, climate change and sea level
SkriptPaleoglaciology (about 100p.)
Hazards in glacierized high-mountain regions (about 100p.)

available at the Geography Department, University of Zurich
Literaturrich reference list in lecture notes
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesPrecondition
- Getscher und Permafrost (651-4073-00)
651-4095-01LColloquium Atmosphere and Climate 1 Information W1 KP1KE. M. Fischer, C. Schär, N. Gruber, R. Knutti, U. Lohmann, T. Peter, T. Schneider, S. I. Seneviratne, K. Steffen, H. Wernli, M. Wild
KurzbeschreibungThe colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions.
LernzielThe colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesTo acquire credit points for this colloquium, please visit the course's web page and sign up for one of the groups.
651-4095-02LColloquium Atmosphere and Climate 2 Information W1 KP1KE. M. Fischer, C. Schär, N. Gruber, R. Knutti, U. Lohmann, T. Peter, T. Schneider, S. I. Seneviratne, K. Steffen, H. Wernli, M. Wild
KurzbeschreibungThe colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions.
LernzielThe colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesTo acquire credit points for this colloquium, please visit the course's web page and sign up for one of the groups.
651-4095-03LColloquium Atmosphere and Climate 3 Information W1 KP1KE. M. Fischer, C. Schär, N. Gruber, R. Knutti, U. Lohmann, T. Peter, T. Schneider, S. I. Seneviratne, K. Steffen, H. Wernli, M. Wild
KurzbeschreibungThe colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions.
LernzielThe colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesTo acquire credit points for this colloquium, please visit the course's web page and sign up for one of the groups.
860-0012-00LCooperation and Conflict Over International Water Resources
Hinweis: Ersetzt 701-0462-01L "The Science and Politics of International Water Management".
Studierende, welche die 701-0462-01L bereits besucht haben, können hier die Kreditpunkte nicht nochmals anrechnen lassen.
W3 KP2SB. Wehrli, T. Bernauer, J. Mertens
KurzbeschreibungThis course focuses on the technical, economic, and political challenges of dealing with water allocation and pollution problems in large international river basins. It examines ways and means through which such challenges are addressed, and when and why international efforts in this respect succeed or fail.

This is a research seminar at the Master level. PhD students are also welcome.
LernzielThe students get an overview of (1) causes and consequences of water scarcity and water pollution problems in large international river basins; (2) they learn concepts to assess and mitigate such water challenges, and (3) they analyze when and why international efforts in this respect succeed or fail.
InhaltBased on lectures and discussion of scientific papers students acquire basic knowledge on contentious issues in managing international water resources, on the determinants of cooperation and conflict over international water issues, and on ways and means of mitigating conflict and promoting cooperation. Students will then, in teams of two and coached by Profs. Bernauer and Wehrli, do research on a case of their choice (i.e. an international river basin where riparian countries are trying to find solutions to water allocation and/or water quality problems). They will write a brief paper and present their findings during a final meeting at the end of the semester.
The first 4 and the last 2 dates are reserved for lectures and seminars. The students work on their case study from 22.03. to 17.05.
Skriptslides and papers will be distributed electronically
LiteraturThe UN World Water Development Report 2015 provides a broad overview of the topic
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe course is open to Master and PhD students from any area of ETH.
701-1226-00LInter-Annual Phenomena and Their PredictionW2 KP2GC. Appenzeller
KurzbeschreibungThis course provides an overview of the current ability to understand and predict short-term climate variability in the tropical and extra-tropical region and provides insights on how operational weather and climate services are organized.
LernzielStudents will acquire an understanding of the key atmosphere and ocean processes involved, will gain experience in analyzing and predicting short-term climate variability and learn how operational weather and climate services are organised and how scientific developments can improve these services.
InhaltThe course covers the following topics:

Part 1:
- a brief introduction into short-term climate variability and some basic concepts
- a brief review of climate data and the statistical concepts used for analysing climate variability (e.g. correlation analysis, teleconnection maps, EOF analysis)

Part 2:
- inter-annual variability in the tropical region (e.g. ENSO, MJO)
- inter-annual variability in the extra-tropical region (e.g. Blocking, NAO, PNA, regimes)

Part 3:
- prediction of short-term climate variability (seasonal forecasts, statistical methods, ensemble prediction systems)
- verification methods for probabilistic forecast systems

Part 4:
- challenges for operational weather and climate services
- weather and climate extremes
- early warning systems
- a visit to the forecasting centre of MeteoSwiss
SkriptA pdf version of the slides will be available at
LiteraturReferences are given during the lecture.
701-1232-00LRadiation and Climate ChangeW3 KP2GM. Wild, W. Ball
KurzbeschreibungThis lecture focuses on the prominent role of radiation in the energy balance of the Earth and in the context of past and future climate change.
LernzielThe aim of this course is to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental role of radiation in the context of climate change.
InhaltThe course will cover the following topics:
Basic radiation laws; sun-earth relations; the sun as driver of climate change (faint sun paradox, Milankovic ice age theory, solar cycles); radiative forcings in the atmosphere: aerosol, water vapour, clouds; radiation balance of the Earth (satellite and surface observations, modeling approaches); anthropogenic perturbation of the Earth radiation balance: greenhouse gases and enhanced greenhouse effect, air pollution and global dimming; radiation-induced feedbacks in the climate system (water vapour feedback, snow albedo feedback); climate model scenarios under various radiative forcings.
SkriptSlides will be made available, lecture notes for part of the course
LiteraturAs announced in the course
701-1252-00LClimate Change Uncertainty and Risk: From Probabilistic Forecasts to Economics of Climate AdaptationW3 KP2V + 1UR. Knutti, D. N. Bresch
KurzbeschreibungThe course introduces the concepts of predictability, probability, uncertainty and probabilistic risk modelling and their application to climate modeling and the economics of climate adaptation.
LernzielStudents will acquire knowledge in uncertainty and risk quantification (probabilistic modelling) and an understanding of the economics of climate adaptation. They will become able to construct their own uncertainty and risk assessment models (MATLAB), hence basic understanding of scientific programming forms a prerequisite of the course.
InhaltThe first part of the course covers methods to quantify uncertainty in detecting and attributing human influence on climate change and to generate probabilistic climate change projections on global to regional scales. Model evaluation, calibration and structural error are discussed. In the second part, quantification of risks associated with local climate impacts and the economics of different baskets of climate adaptation options are assessed – leading to informed decisions to optimally allocate resources. Such pre-emptive risk management allows evaluating a mix of prevention, preparation, response, recovery, and (financial) risk transfer actions, resulting in an optimal balance of public and private contributions to risk management, aiming at a more resilient society.
The course provides an introduction to the following themes:
1) basics of probabilistic modelling and quantification of uncertainty from global climate change to local impacts of extreme events
2) methods to optimize and constrain model parameters using observations
3) risk management from identification (perception) and understanding (assessment, modelling) to actions (prevention, preparation, response, recovery, risk transfer)
4) basics of economic evaluation, economic decision making in the presence of climate risks and pre-emptive risk management to optimally allocate resources
SkriptPowerpoint slides will be made available
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesHands-on experience with probabilistic climate models and risk models will be acquired in the tutorials; hence basic understanding of scientific programming forms a prerequisite of the course. Basic understanding of the climate system, e.g. as covered in the course 'Klimasysteme' is required.

Examination: graded tutorials during the semester (benotete Semesterleistung)
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