Current projects

X-Sense2: Developing MEMS acoustic detectors for detecting destructive processes such as a rock face collapsing, leading to severe natural hazards

Funding:

Nano-tera

GIUZ PI:

A. Vieli

Project PIs:

L. Thiele, J. Beutel, A. Geiger, C. Hierold, H. Raetzo, A. Vieli

GIUZ Staff

A. Vieli, A. Cicoira, S. Weber

Keywords:

Acoustic detectors, natural hazards, rock face collapse

links

http://www.nano-tera.ch/projects/371.php#desc

Geographic focus:

Swiss Alps

Understanding, controlling and minimizing the risk associated with changes in our natural environment is of major societal interest. An accelerating growth in the need for risk-reduction methods and technology is caused by three superimposed trends:

  1. growing vulnerability through expansion of infrastructure and human activity into intrinsically hazardous environments such as mountains;
  2. increased hazard potentials due to climate change;
  3. a reduced acceptance of risk due to increasing subjective and objective needs for safety

X-Sense2 contributes to the reduction of this growing gap between supply and demand by technological development and scientific advance. It investigates a complete data chain from custom designed sensor technology over networking, data-based storage and processing towards new discoveries in environmental sciences and new, more effective technologies for early warning.

 

Swiss Permafrost Monitoring Network (PERMOS)

Funding:

MeteoSwiss, BAFU, SCNAT

GIUZ PI:

A. Vieli

Project PIs:

J. Nötzli, B. Staub, J. Wicky, C. Hilbich, R. Delaloye

GIUZ Staff

A. Vieli, I. Gärtner-Roer

Keywords:

Mountain permafrost monitoring, borehole temperatures, ground surface temperatures, kinematics

links

http://permos.ch/

Geographic focus:

Swiss Alps

The PERMOS Network aims at documenting the state and changes of mountain permafrost in the Swiss Alps on a long-term basis using measurements of ground temperatures, electrical resistivities and kinematics. The GIUZ hosts the coordination office of the PERMOS Network, and is at the same time one of the six partner institutes from academia, which maintain the observation sites and are responsible for data acquisition and processing.