Researchers at the Oeschger Centre
Sherlock Holmes and Lake Iffig
Environmental scientist Christoph Schwörer is piecing together vegetation history with the help of sediments from alpine lakes. And using data from the past, he’s also simulating the future tree line.
To Bern on a prestigious scholarship
With its international reputation as a first-class research institution, the Oeschger Centre attracts scientists from around the world – like Kristy Barnes, who wants to learn how to reconstruct past climates using fossil midges.
Perseverance of the ice core specialist
Hubertus Fischer is one of the few researchers to have won two prestigious "ERC Advanced Grants" from the European Research Council. The goal of the current project? A new technique to analyse the world's oldest ice.
Solving climate puzzles by trillionths of a gram
For his diploma-thesis, Jörg Lippold focussed on X-ray astronomy. Today, with the help of a new geochemical method, he wants to find out how ocean currents changed in the past. This knowledge may help us to understand the transport of heat and carbon in the sea - and also the entire climate system.
How climate science and philosophy learn from each other
Philosopher of science Claus Beisbart is intrigued by how research is done using computer simulations. His preferred object of study? Climate research. He believes that philosophy and science can find inspiration in each other, and that the attraction is completely mutual.
Pinhole technology to search for the oldest ice
Few people in the world have had as much experience with drilling ice cores as Bernese physicist Jakob Schwander. He is now working at the Oeschger Centre on the development of ultra-light drilling equipment to be used to search for 1.5 million-year-old ice in Antarctica. Last summer, the new technology proved itself in Greenland.
Studying Planetary Waves to Predict Alpine Precipitation
Olivia Martius is the new assistant professor for climate change impact research at the Oeschger Centre. One of her research areas is to investigate the effects of climate change on heavy precipitation events in the Alps. Swiss Mobiliar insurance company finances her chair.
How an archaeologist learned to love climate research
For twenty years Albert Hafner was involved in archaeological digs under water and in bogs and ice. In his second career as professor of archaeology what attracts him most is research - and for this he is more than happy to team up with climate experts.
In Search of Algae on the Other Side of the Globe
In 2010, about 150 junior researchers applied for an Ambizione grant with the Swiss National Science Foundation. Only a third of the research projects made the grade. One of them was by Rixt de Jong, a postdoc researcher at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research. She aims to reconstruct climate in Chile.
Innovative Ideas for Using Midge Larvae in Climate Research
The paleoecologist Oliver Heiri has been awarded funding of two million Swiss francs from the European Research Council. With an innovative approach, the funded project aims to reconstruct the emission of the greenhouse gas methane in lakes at the end of the last ice age.
The role former tavern "Krone" plays in climate research
The historian Oliver Wetter breaks the mould. He not only tracks down unusual sources, but he also uses scientific methods to validate them.
Promising drilling expedition on Lake Towuti
Geologist Hendrik Vogel works with sediment cores. They come from lakes from all over the world, and provide information about climate and the environment far back in time. He has recently joined the management team of an international deep drilling project on Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Why Bern's view of the atmosphere isn't distorted by clouds
Physicist Klemens Hocke measures the ozone values in the atmosphere from the roof of one of the university buildings. They are so accurate that they are used to calibrate the measuring apparatus on board satellites. And he also knows a great deal about hurricanes raging 50 kilometres above our heads.
Climate and famine in the far North
Finnish historian Heli Huhtamaa is writing part of her doctoral thesis at the Oeschger Centre. She was drawn to Bern by the pioneering work of the group for environmental history and historical climatology at the Institute of History.