Limnology Center LIMNC
Limnology stands for freshwater science
This science was described as” the oceanography of lakes” by François-Alfonse Forel in 1892, who was famous for his early investigations of Lake Geneva. Limnology nowadays refers to the study of freshwaters, including lakes, rivers and marshes. To know more, we recommends: “Lakes: a Very Short Introduction by Warwick F. Vincent” and “Forel et le Léman by François A. Forel”
The sustainable use and conservation of natural water resources is among the most important challenges for the well-being of the anticipated nine billion earth citizens in the near-future.
The increasing anthropogenic pressure on natural waters is mainly due to :
- Energy: electricity production and heating/cooling systems
- Pollution: the release of micro-pollutants from agriculture (diffuse sources) and the urban anthroposphere (point sources)
- Global changes: water abstraction, changes in geochemical fluxes, and global warming
In developing countries and emerging economies, additional challenges are due to :
- Water scarcity and water allocations
- Conservation of unique aquatic ecosystems (e.g. wetlands)
- Excessive eutrophication
- Poor or non-existent water-infrastructure
The Limnology Center will provide socially-relevant contributions to facing these future challenges, on both national and international levels.
- to create interdisciplinary innovative and international projects in limnology
- to federate research among different departments of EPFL
- to promote the collaboration between international and national research institutions on lakes
- to develop and apply new technologies in limnology
A new Call for Interdisciplinary Projects from the Limnology Center
A new Call for Interdisciplinary Projects is now open until 15th October. Don't miss this funding opportunity to create new collaborative projects!
LéXPLORE – a novel floating platform to advance aquatic sciences
Discover the new article describing in detail the novel LéXPLORE platform. We also present the new research opportunities that this unique infractructure has opened.