Towards understanding glacier mass balances
This interdisciplinary MSc thesis opportunity exploits remote sensing to advance glacier mass balance studies. The main objective of this MSc thesis is to quantify spatial and temporal variation in glacier snow cover extent, albedo and surface temperatures and relate these changes to existing glacier mass balance information. This thesis provides the opportunity to gain extensive experience in cloud computing using the Earth Engine to advance glacial mass balance studies.
The effect of woodland expansion on ticks and associated Lyme disease risk in the Scottish Highlands
Two interdisciplinary MSc projects are available as part of a PhD project at the Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETZ Zurich.
Project 1: Relationship between tick hazard (where ticks are the most abundant) and tick exposure (where people hang out the most)
Project 2: What is the role of birds as tick hosts?
Supervision from the GIUZ: to be determined.
Paired masters theses: Understanding coupled social-ecological systems
Understanding coupled social-ecological systems requires an in-depth analysis of both the social and the ecological systems, and their interactions and feedbacks. Despite this recognized need, in practice this means that to answer questions related to social-ecological feedbacks requires double the amount of information, data and makes it harder for individual students to conduct it to a satisfactory level. Here we propose a coupled approach to a Masters' thesis. More... (PDF, 59 KB)
Water landscapes: Attention and preferences
Landscapes containing water bodies are often considered as especially attractive. This master thesis will in a first step analyse literature discussing this fact. Based on this knowledge examples of different kinds of landscapes with and without water bodies shall be identified and and in a third step tested with test persons in the Eye Moving Lab. The detailed setup of this research will be established with the Master student at the beginning of the thesis.