Atmosphere and climate

The atmosphere plays a central role for the environmental conditions on earth.
Yet, our understanding of the system “atmosphere” is incomplete and predictions concerning the development of the climate and its effects/feedbacks on the environment are subject to large uncertainties.

Therefore, one of our defined objectives is to better understand the complex interactions between the atmosphere and other parts of the earth system.
An interdisciplinary and integrated approach is pursued, with laboratory studies, field measurement campaigns, and long-term observations of the atmosphere.
All these aspects are combined with model simulations to enhance knowledge of earth-atmosphere interactions and their impacts on anthropogenic activities.

To achieve these objectives, IIE concentrates its energies on the following research activities:

  • Land/atmosphere interactions: water fluxes, influence of land surface
  • Development of innovative sensing technologies: robots, wireless networks, boundary layer lidar

Laboratories :

APHYS

Physics of Aquatic Systems Laboratory - Margaretha Kamprad Chair

APRL

Atmospheric Particle Research Laboratory

ECOL

Ecological Engineering Laboratory

ECOTOX

Swiss Centre for Ecotoxicology EAWAG-EPFL

EML

Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

GR-LUD

EPFL-PSI Joint Professorship on Solid Waste Treatment

LAPI

Laboratory of atmospheric processes and their impacts LAPI

LBE

Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology

LCE

Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

LGB

Laboratory for Biological Geochemistry

LTE

Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory

LTQE

Laboratory for Water Quality and Treatment

UPHCE

Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy Laboratory

WIRE

Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy Laboratory