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Department of Geography

Research Insights

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to many presentations and webinars being held online. We have compiled some of them. Take a look and get an insight into our research at GIUZ!

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What if our history was written in our grammar?

Culture and Genes

Culture evolves in ways that are analogue to, but distinct from genomes. GIS researchers, together with linguists and geneticists, carried out analyses comparing cultural and genetic variation from populations in and around Northeast Asia. Video


Prospecting for life's potential: putting genetic resources on the map

In her inaugural lecture, Meredith Schuman explains how data from forest monitoring sites and spatial genetics can prove to be a crucial tool for finding genetically diverse plants that are less vulnerable to climate change. Video


Connectivity of the dashed lines: hydrological variation along intermittent streams

Ilja van Meerveld presented her work focusing on streams with high variations in waterlevel at the University of Saskatchewan Canada. Video



Long-term hydrological research in the Alptal catchment

Short introduction into the hydrological research history and data gathered at the Alptal catchment in Central Switzerland by Ilja Van Meerveld (GIUZ) and Manfred Stähli (WSL). Video (start 19:16)


The CrowdWater project: motivation of citizen scientists and quality of crowdsourced data

crowd water application

In their PhD defenses - the first in the history of GIUZ to take place fully remote! - Simon Etter and Barbara Strobl presented their research on the CrowdWater project.
Simon Etters Defense
Barbara Strobls Defense

Chances, challenges and limits for text-based exploration of landscape

Ross Purves provides insights into the work of his research group, which focuses on using text to explore different dimensions of landscape. The aim is to develop methods that enable us to understand how landscape is perceived from multiple standpoints. Video

URPP Language and Space: Looking back and looking forward

Introduction into the work of the Spatial References Research Group as part of the URPP Language and Space, presented by Ross Purves. Video


What trees can tell us about language evolution (and what they cannot)

Phylogenetic trees help to explain the evolution of languages. How closely related are certain languages? When did they split from their common ancestor? The URPP Language and Space develops methods to establish more precise models of language evolution. Video

Landschaftsleistungen erlebbar machen

Dieser kurze Dokumentationsfilm zeigt am Beispiel eines Landschafts­schutz­gebietes in der Schweiz, wie ein Forschungsprojekt des GIUZ einen partizipativen Prozess unter den lokalen Akteuren in Gang gesetzt hat. Video


Imaging the earth from above

From calibration of instruments and flight planning to mission control, operations and the resulting products: Andreas Hueni collected snapshots of the past years to explain the different stages of a flight mission. Video


What is Biodiversity? And what is global change?

More than 25 members of the URPP Global Change and Biodiversity give their very personal answers in short video statements, among them many GIUZ researchers. Video


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