Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics

Faculty of Geosciences and Environment

Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST)
Quartier UNIL-Mouline
Bâtiment Géopolis
CH-1015 Lausanne
Téléphone : 021 692 44 00

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The Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics was established on the 1st January 2014, comprising researchers from five of the former institutes of the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment. This gives us a unique opportunity to group Earth Scientists, Environmental Scientists and Physical Geographers together, in a single institute, supported by world class field equipment, laboratories and computational capacity.

The mission of the new Institute is to undertake research of the highest international quality relating to earth surface processes and dynamics, over a range of space and time scales, and including environmental change whether related to human activities or natural processes.

During our first phase of development, we are prioritising four research foci :
  • Cycles and fluxes of water and other elements

  • Geomatics, including geostatistics, machine learning and remote sensing

  • Geomorphology, the cryosphere and erosion processes

  • Natural and human impacted ecosystems
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