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How hydropower can deal with sediments

Sediments get deposited in storage lakes and increase the erosion of hydraulic turbines. To keep hydropower plants operational for as long as possible, researchers are developing new methods of monitoring sediments in real time. Read more 


Nuclear power: where to next?

Switzerland’s electricity companies, and in particular the operators of its nuclear power plants, are in poor financial shape. Regardless of the outcome of the Nuclear Withdrawal Initiative, the funding required for dismantling and disposal raises issues of state redistribution. Read more 


Earth’s magnetic field under the ‘simulation magnifying glass’

Earth’s magnetic field has reversed direction hundreds of times in the course of our planet’s history. But the cause of those reversals remains unclear. 4 million CPU hours of simulations on the ‘Piz Daint’ supercomputer at CSCS offer fresh clues that point to a phenomenon called ‘dynamo waves’ playing a possible role. Read more 


An opportunity for the university district and ETH Zurich

Zurich’s central university district continues to take shape. A joint press conference was held today by the canton and city of Zurich, University Hospital, the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich to provide information on the planning status. This follows the decision by the cantonal Committee for Planning and Construction (KPB) to transfer management of the structure plan to the broader Cantonal Parliament. What does the overall plan mean for ETH Zurich? Read more 


Geothermal Energy – A Community Effort

How to use the Earth’s interior heat in an economically successful and sustainable way? Switzerland is considering this question in its Energy Strategy 2050, and Europe also sees geothermal energy as a part of the future energy mix. The international project DESTRESS will evaluate methods and feasibility. Read more 

Department News


Master degree graduation ceremony 2016

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


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 


New Professorship in Climate Geology

Welcome Heather Stoll, Professor of Climate Geology! Read more 


ETH Medals - Distinction of Doctoral Thesis

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


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 


Earth Sciences T-Shirts

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


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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