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
The latest news
On LeXPLORE, scientists investigate Lake Leman with novel instruments
LéXPLORE platform welcome the first scientific projects. Scientists from Eawag successfully tested their microtitrator prototype, while the CO2LEX project from APHYS laboratory acquire their first measurements.
LéXPLORE platform: call for EPFL projects
The Limnology Center offers opportunities for seed funding (< 45’000 CHF) for EPFL projects on the experimental platform LéXPLORE, anchored on Lake Leman for 8 years.