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

In the ETH News


Treasures from the deep

People are going to ever greater depths to find workable ore deposits. ETH geologist Christoph Heinrich conducts research into how to find these. Read more 


Earthquakes – a serious hazard for Switzerland

After ten years of intensive research, the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich has created an updated seismic hazard model, which confirms that earthquakes are a serious hazard for Switzerland. Read more 


“An extra expenditure that paid off!”

Ten years ago, ETH Zurich began collaborating with TU Delft and RWTH Aachen on a trinational Joint Master Programme in Applied Geophysics. We asked Professor of Geophysics Hansruedi Maurer what ETH Zurich has learned from the pioneering project. Read more 


Some like it even hotter

Scientists in Iceland have drilled into a reservoir of extremely hot water that has the potential to greatly expand geothermal electricity output. Now ETH geoscientists have for the first time been able to produce a realistic simulation of how such reservoirs are created. They predict that these natural phenomena are widespread in volcanic areas. Read more 


A man who pushes boundaries

Johan Robertsson is a professor of geophysics at ETH Zurich, a specialist in seismic wave propagation, an amateur historian and an outdoor enthusiast. For his work in development of a new method of acquiring seismic data, he has now been honoured with the ‘New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons’ Eni Award, the world’s most prestigious prize in the field of energy sector. Read more 

Department News


How we use mineral resources

The focusTerra exhibition "Earth's Treasures" is about the formation, mining and use of mineral resources, and how we deal with products we no longer need. Read more 


New Earth Science Collections image catalogue

ETH Zurich's Earth Science Collections display approximately 1,200 minerals, fossils, and rocks in their catalogue on the platform ETH E-Pics.   Read more 


ETH Medals - Distinction of Doctoral Thesis

The Department of Earth Sciences congratulates Jonas Ruh and Zacharias Stelzer. Read more 


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

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 

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