The mission of the Limnology Center is to provide socially-relevant and multi-disciplinary research to ensure the sustainable use and conservation of natural water resources, both on national and international levels.


The sustainable use and conservation of natural water resources is among the most important challenges for the well-being of our population.
The increasing anthropogenic pressure on natural waters are mainly caused by:

  • Energy use: both electricity production and heating/cooling
  • Pollution: release of micro-pollutants from agriculture (diffuse sources) and the urban anthroposphere (point sources)
  • Global changes: water abstraction, changes in geochemical fluxes, global warming, modification of the hydrological cycle

In developing countries, additional challenges include:

  • Water scarcity and water allocations
  • Conservation of unique aquatic ecosystems (e.g. wetlands)
  • Excessive eutrophication
  • Poor or non-existent water-infrastructure

The Limnology Center will contribute to face these challenges.


  • to create interdisciplinary innovative and international projects in limnology
  • to federate research among different departments of EPFL
  • to promote the collaboration between international and national research institutions on lakes
  • to develop and apply new technologies in limnology



Rhone delta from the air