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"The CERC research centre develops practical solutions for relevant problems of mountain regions caused by climate change, extreme events and natural hazards. As a research-, knowledge- and implementation hub, CERC links top international research with regional knowledge so that mountain regions remain safe and valuable habitats in the future."




The ETH Board has appointed Manuela Brunner as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Hydrology and Climate Impacts in Mountain Regions.


The ETH Board has appointed Johan Gaume as Associate Professor of Alpine Mass Movements.


A new analysis method gives a more detailed picture of unstable mountainsides, enabling better hazard monitoring.


The software package for calculating natural hazard processes and the influence of protective measures has a new website.


Main research topics

Weather and climate extremes in mountain regions

We study the effects of climate change on water resources and extreme events in mountain areas.



We study and document changes in permafrost in order to identify future developments at an early stage and thus prevent risks and hazards.


Remote sensing, early detection and early warning

Remote sensing methods like radar, photogrammetry or laser scanning are becoming increasingly important in natural-hazard research.


Alpine mass movements

We research on the formation, movement and deposition processes of avalanches, landslides, debris flows and rockfall and simulate them with physical...

Mountain ecosystems and protection forests

We study the transformation of mountain ecosystems as a result of climate change, land use change and natural disturbances.


Risk management, risk communication and resilience

We develop risk-based and practical methods that help dealing with the risks of natural hazards.