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Department of Geography

New Assistant Professorship in Remote Sensing of Water Systems

Alexander Damm has been appointed by the University of Zurich as Assistant Professor tenure track for remote sensing of water systems, effective per 1 August 2017. The joint professorship between University of Zurich and Eawag allows the University of Zurich to broaden its competence in this interdisciplinary and relevant research field.

portrait alexander damm

Since 2008, Alexander Damm is working at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich, and currently acts as senior research associate and group leader. In his research, he focuses on the development of spectroscopic approaches for ecosystem and environmental analysis. Among other tasks, he is involved in a large project by the European Space Agency ESA that develops the future satellite mission “Fluorescence Explorer” (FLEX). FLEX measurements will provide unprecedented data to study plant photosynthesis at a global scale. This new information will allow substantial progress in ecosystem research and will advance current understanding of matter and energy exchanges between the soil, vegetation, and the atmosphere.

In his new position, Alexander Damm will continue his research and teaching activities at the University of Zurich. In addition, he will co-supervise PhD students and collaborate with scientists at Eawag to facilitate the use of remote sensing for aquatic research at Eawag.

Expanding competences

“I am very much looking forward to work in this interdisciplinary setting”, says Alexander Damm and adds: “I see large potential for cooperation and many thematic overlaps.” Dr. Damm has been contributing to the development of new remote sensing approaches that allow assessing the role of vegetation as water infrastructure or to establish new possibilities to measure surface water quality. Both the University of Zurich and Eawag will equally benefit from this joint assistant professorship and can further develop their competence in the field of remote sensing of water systems.

Stephanie Engeli, Eawag