News stories from research, education, and the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich.

Department News


New Professorship in Geothermal Energy

Welcome Martin Saar, Professor of Geothermal Energy and Geofluids! Read more 


Workshop discussion: distant worlds - strange climates

"Studying the climate of other planets sharpens our view on the Earth's climate system on our own planet" says Prof. Tapio Schneider, on a virtual journey through our solar system, during a workshop discussion. Read more 


Johan Robertsson: From industry back to academia

Prof. Johan Robertsson

Johan Robertsson has been working at the Department of Earth Sciences for the past year. In this interview he talks about his experiences in this first year and about his future plans. Read more 

In the ETH News


ETH earth sciences best in the world


ETH Zurich's earth scientists performed especially well in the QS Rankings by Subject, achieving the top ranking among all universities worldwide. ETH's environmental sciences faculty also rank among the best in the world. Read more 


The creation of Shangri-La

First bend of Yangtze river. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Geoscientists are using a new simulation to condense a period lasting millions of years to explain the formation of the high-lying valleys in the south-eastern end of the Tibetan Plateau: the true Shangri-La. In doing so, they are turning previous ideas on their head. Read more 


Climate change does not cause extreme winters

cold spell boston

Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology have shown that global warming actually tends to reduce temperature variability. Read more 


Die Stadt der Zukunft: bitte erdbebensicher!

Erdbebenschäden in Christchurch 2011

Die Bilder nach den Erdbeben in Haiti, Japan, L’Aquila oder Christchurch haben sich tief eingeprägt: zerstörte Häuser, chaotische Szenen, Verletzte und Tote. Erdbeben bleiben auch für die Städte der Zukunft eine tödliche Gefahr, aber wir sind ihnen nicht machtlos ausgeliefert. Read more 


Inhospitable climate fosters gold ore formation

Wikimedia Commons

South Africa’s Witwatersrand is the site of the world’s largest and richest gold deposit. In order to explain its formation, ETH professor Christoph Heinrich took a look back into the Earth’s early climatic history. Read more 

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