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Department of Geography

  • Local Food at Irchel

    #GIUZ #ImageOfTheWeek – Local Food at Irchel

    Autumn in its full colors: This is locally grown organic fruit and vegetables that you can pick up at Irchel. Carrots, red cabbage, radicchio, spinach and apples were recently in the Irchel-Bag. Would you like to color up the gray season? Give it a try and get 10% off your first order with the code "IrchelGmües". Image: Christiane Meyer-Habighorst

  • Geochronology Summer School

    Study geochronology in one of Switzerland’s most spectacular landscapes

    How can we determine when certain landscape changes took place? What are appropriate dating techniques? How should they be interpreted? And what does this mean for the reconstruction of past climates? These were some of the guiding questions of the 14th edition of the Geochronology Summer School in Morteratsch.
  • Dufourkarte

    The Dufour map: a masterpiece of cartography and testimony to a nation in the making

    In 1848, Switzerland was given a new constitution. It laid the foundation for the modern federal state. This was graphically illustrated by the Dufour Map, the first official map series. To mark the 175th anniversary of the Federal Constitution, the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo is making the first edition of the Dufour Map digitally available.
  • Irchel

    Campus Irchel as real-world laboratory

    UZH tapped into the collective wisdom of its community to find out how to make everyday university operations more sustainable. One of the supported projects comes from GIUZ. Green4Clim investigates how the composition and distribution of vegetation can mitigate the carbon impact of campus activities.

  • Community-led Open Scholarship: Two examples from GIUZ

    Community-led Open Scholarship: Two examples from GIUZ

    Engaging with various stakeholders to find creative solutions through collaborative pathways, that’s the basis of our research and teaching in the Space, Nature and Society group (SNS). We are convinced that working towards transformative change requires collaboration across academic disciplines and with stakeholders from outside academia.
  • Drainage network of Stony Creek near Orland, California. Photo by James Kirchner.

    The fingerprint of groundwater shapes the Earth's landscape

    River networks are striking features engraved into the surface of the Earth, shaped by uplift and erosion. It is still unclear which erosional mechanisms created these distinctive geometric signatures on Earth. A new paper shows the contribution of groundwater to shaping river network branching angles.

  • One Planet Polar Summit

    “Every tenth of a degree counts”

    The One Planet Polar Summit in Paris brought together representatives from science, business, civil society, and politics from more than 40 glacier and polar countries. The aim was to share the latest findings in cryosphere and glacier research and to close the gap between science and politics in view of the climate crisis.
  • Climate-glacier modelling of the last glaciation in the Alps

    A simulation to visualize the evolution of Alpine ice cover over the last 120,000 years

    Scientists from the universities of Zurich, Lausanne and Bern have developed an unprecedented simulation which, in just 80 seconds, shows the evolution of glaciers in the Alps over the last 120,000 years.


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