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Department of Geography Hydrology and Climate

Hydrological Extremes

Hochwasser (© Daniel Viviroli)
Image: Daniel Viviroli

Droughts and floods are extreme events in the hydrological cycle that can have catastrophic and long-lasting impacts on ecosystems and society. These hydrological extremes are the main focus of our research. 

To study them, we use hydrological models at catchment to regional scales and conduct systematic experiments, including stress tests and story lines. These help us to better understand the driving forces, catchment conditions and spatial interactions in a catchment that lead to extremes, and to visualise potential outcomes under changing conditions.

Group leader

Dr. Maria Staudinger

Group members

Hanna Luck (master student)
Eleni Kritidou (PhD student, main supervisor Daniel Viviroli)

Belongs to the organizational unit

Hydrology and Climate

Current Projects

Extreme floods in Switzerland - Hydrometeorological scenarios across a wide range of scales and return periods for all of Switzerland

Realised at: University of Zurich
Collaboration:  University of Bern · University of Graz, AT · University of Grenoble, FR
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) · Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
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