The unmanned, GPS-guided catamaran used to observe the lake. © Alain Herzog / EPFL

Scientists delve into natural slicks on Lake Geneva

— An EPFL researcher has, for the first time, documented slicks – those visually arresting, moving patches of smooth water – and explained what is happening beneath the surface. 

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Prof. Barry among the nineteen ENAC professors named in new rankings

— has published its first rankings of top scientists in fifteen new disciplines. Nineteen professors from EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) feature in the list.

Rafael Reiss and his field equipment by Lake Geneva. ©  Alain Herzog/EPFL

Deepwater renewal in Lake Geneva in light of climate change

— EPFL scientists have studied two mechanisms that can help bring oxygen to the depths of a lake – essential for preserving the lake’s ecosystem. The classical deepwater renewal caused by surface cooling during winter is becoming less efficient due to climate change, especially in deep lakes.

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A scientific adventure from Lake Geneva to Lake Baikal

— Ultra-light aircraft are being deployed in both Switzerland and Russia as part of the Léman-Baïkal project. Lake Geneva, the largest lake in the Alps, and Lake Baikal, the world’s largest lake, will be studied using new airborne analysis methods.

A MIR Submersible in 2011 © EPFL / Jean-Marc Blache

Analyzing Lake Geneva from the air – a second wind for elemo

— One year after the MIR submersibles dove into the depths of Lake Geneva, the elemo program is delivering its first scientific results. And with the support of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the operation will be extended with a campaign to make observations above the lake surface from a sensor-packed ultralight aircraft. The same experiments are planned above Lake Baikal in Russia.

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EPFL's heating a treat for lake trouts

— A recently conducted study also shows that the streams surrounding EPFL can handle future campus growth.

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Award for ECOL's post-doc

— We congratulate our colleague, Dr Roham Bakhtyar who is elected 2013 Ocean Sciences (OS) Division Outstanding Young Scientist Awards.

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"Best Discussion Award", ASCE

— ECOL authors received the 2012 "Best Discussion Award" of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.

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Award for one of ECOL's PhD

— Friday 15 June 2012, at the ENAC Research Day, the Dean, Prof. Marc Parlange, remitted a series of awards and prices to valuable scientists.

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2012 Fellow Prof. D. Andrew Barry

— The Royal Society of Edinburgh has elected Prof. D. Andrew Barry as 2012 Fellow.