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16.02.2017

Voyage to the base of the food chain

On the second leg of the journey around the Antarctic, the research vessel Akademik Treshnikov sets out from Tasmania to the frozen edge of Antarctica, before heading on eastwards to Chile. An oceanographer, whose knowledge of the Southern Ocean was previously limited to theory, blogs from on board. Read more 

13.02.2017

Tapping into underground urban heat islands

Cities are heat islands – not only above ground but below ground too, and therein lies the enormous potential to better harness this energy through geothermal heat exchangers. A group of researchers demonstrated this in a case study conducted in the city of Zurich. Read more 

07.02.2017

Tiny organisms with a massive impact

Although diatoms are incredibly small, they have a significant impact on the dispersal of nutrients and trace elements in global marine waters. This is the conclusion of a study recently published in the scientific journal “Nature Geoscience ”. Read more 

02.02.2017

Why energy forecasts often fail

Players in the energy industry and the policy domain often depend on forecasts. A closer look reveals that these predictions sometimes fall wide of the mark. Underestimating innovation dynamics is one reason why. Read more 

23.01.2017

Chronicle of a catastrophic landslide

Dramatic developments have been documented at the Aletsch glacier, where the ice has retreated at such a pace that an adjoining slope has also started to move rapidly. With the help of a unique dataset, researchers are able to demonstrate a direct connection between the ice loss of the Aletsch glacier and the slippage of the Moosfluh slope. Read more 

Department News

29.11.2016

Master degree graduation ceremony 2016

This year's master degree graduation ceremony took place on November 25. Read more 

10.11.2016

EGU - Outstanding student poster and PICO (OSSP) Awards 2016

Congratulations to PhD student Francesca Forni, Magmatic Petrology and Volcanology group, Prof. Olivier Bachmann. Read more 

13.09.2016

New Professorship in Climate Geology

Welcome Heather Stoll, Professor of Climate Geology! Read more 

26.04.2016

ETH Medals - Distinction of Doctoral Thesis

The Department of Earth Sciences congratulates Christoph Püthe and Christian Wirsig. Read more 

29.03.2016

Earth sciences again best in the world

ETH Zurich's earth scientists performed outstandingly in the QS World University Rankings, again achieving the top place among all universities worldwide. Read more 

03.03.2016

Earth Sciences T-Shirts

The exclusive Department of Earth Sciences t-shirts are now available in the ETH Store Sonneggstrasse. Read more 

01.12.2015

Graduation ceremony

Master degree graduation ceremony 2015 Read more 

19.11.2015 (Updated: 03.12.2015)

The countdown to the quest for gravitational waves is on

Some 100 years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in his general theory of relativity. In spite of intense efforts, experimental proof of these waves has so far eluded scientists. The LISA Pathfinder space probe from the European Space Agency ESA aims to change this – with the participation of the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich. Read more 

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