Description of the organisation

ETH Zurich (ETHZ) is one of the world’s leading international universities in natural sciences, engineering and architecture. It has more than 20,000 students from over 120 countries including 4000 doctoral students. ETH Zurich is consistently ranked first among all universities in continental Europe, and among the top 10 worldwide. According to the Nature Index 2018, ETHZ is the world’s top ranked university in the field of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The participating Environmental Physics group under the leadership of Prof. Gruber is part of the Environmental System Sciences Department, which encompasses 42 professorships ranging from agriculture, ecology and evolution to atmospheric and climate sciences.


Expertise particularly relevant for the project

The Environmental Physics group has nearly 20 years of experience in the analysis and modelling of physical, biogeochemical, and biological processes in the Earth system. The group has currently 15 members (1 group leader, 2 senior scientists, 1 programmer, 4 post-docs, and 6 Ph.D. students, 1 support staff). One of the focus areas in recent years is the regional modelling of the coupled biogeochemical-physical-ecological processes in the circumpolar Southern Ocean, and in three of the Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems (California, Humboldt, and Canary). The setups of the employed Regional Oceanic Modeling System (ROMS) combine full eddy-resolution in the region of interest with basin-wide coverage, permitting the group to explicitly include all exchanges between the region of interest and the entire basin. The group has also long-term experience in the analysis and synthesis of ocean observations. For example, the group recently developed and applied a new method to identify the global change in the amount of anthropogenic CO2 stored in the ocean. Further, Gruber co-led several synthetic analyses of the global carbon budget, including RECCAP.


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