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Welcome to the Geological Institute

The Geological Institute at ETH Zurich performs leading research and teaching activities over a wide range of geological disciplines. Detailed information on research activities, teaching, people can be found in the corresponding sections.


Research at a glance


The focus of the research program of the Biogeoscience group is to investigate the role of organic matter production, remineralization, transport and burial as a component of the global carbon cycle.

Climate Dynamics

The climate dynamics group studies fundamental dynamical processes controlling climate, both here on Earth and on other planets. We elucidate questions such as, What controls the surface temperatures and winds? What shapes rainfall patterns? Where and when do clouds form in the atmosphere?

Climate Geology

A central goal of ours is to use new approaches and techniques that do justice to the complexity of geologic records, in order to allow previously hidden signals to emerge.

Engineering Geology

We study fundamental questions related to the formation and hydro-thermo-mechanical properties of fractured rocks from the laboratory to site scales and apply our experimental and numerical skills to the understanding of important questions related to landslide hazards, deep excavations, waste disposal and geothermal energy.

Earth Surface Dynamics

Our group conducts research on physical processes at, and near, the Earth's surface. Our research is particularly focused on how climatic and erosional processes affect the structure, evolution and sediment transport in mountain belts. 

Structural Geology and Tectonics

Research of the SGT group is based on field observations but with strong support from complementary theoretical, numerical, and laboratory studies. In-house expertise and facilities exist for the characterization of rock fabrics, numerical modelling and experimental rock deformation.

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