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.
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?
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.
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.
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.