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Research Poles

| Geomorphology, Cryosphere and Mountains (GCM) | Geoinformatics and Spatial Modelling (GSM) | Natural and Anthropogenic Ecosystems (NAE) | Water and Elemental Cycles (WEC)
 

We are prioritising four research foci, called Poles, and corresponding to the following :

  1. Geomorphology, the cryosphere and erosion processes (GCM)
  2. Geomatics, including geostatistics, machine learning and remote sensing (GSM)
  3. Natural and human impacted ecosystems (NAE)
  4. Cycles and fluxes of water and other elements (WEC)

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Geomorphology, Cryosphere and Mountains (GCM)

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  • The objective of GCM is to develop a mechanistic understanding of landscapes, with a particular focus upon mountains, across timescales from days to millions of years
  • We do this through the quantitative analysis of processes, including: fluvial, glacial and periglacial processes; mass wasting; and sediment flux; and in the context of key drivers like tectonics, climate and human activities
  • We have particular expertise in numerical modelling, dating, remote sensing, field data capture using advanced sensors and mathematical analysis

Contact: Frederic.Herman@unil.ch

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Geoinformatics and Spatial Modelling (GSM)

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  • The objective of GSM is the understanding of spatio-temporal processes that occur at the Earth’s surface
  • We do this through the application and development of advanced geomatic methods for handling and interpreting complex georeferenced data
  • We have particular expertise in geographic information systems, geostatistics, remote sensing, data mining, statistical and dynamic modelling of geodata, machine learning methods

Contact: Marj.Tonini@unil.ch

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Natural and Anthropogenic Ecosystems (NAE)

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  • The objective of NAE is to understand the fundamental dynamics of both natural and anthropogenic ecosystems in the face of key drivers of change, including climate and human activities
  • We do this for multiple temporal and spatial scales through interdisciplinary approaches that combine systems analysis and modelling, data capture and synthesis, and advanced analytical laboratory work
  • We have particular strengths in industrial ecology, ecotoxicology and global systems modelling

Contact: Nathalie.Chevre@unil.ch

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Water and Elemental Cycles (WEC)

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  • The objective of WEC is to understand the key fluxes and cycles associated with water, major elements such as carbon and nitrogen, trace metals and metalloids, and organic substances of natural and anthropogenic origin
  • We do this through the use of stable isotopes, organic and inorganic biogeochemistry, and synchrotron-based spectroscopy
  • We have world-leading laboratories for water and soil analyses; skills in field-based and experimental studies; and expertise in geochemistry, environmental mineralogy, biomineralization, and soil formation

Contact: Jasquelin.Pena@unil.ch

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