Online courses

Several Swiss universities offer online courses on water topics. Most courses can be completed free of charge, at any time and without prior knowledge.

MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses

Onlinekurs «Wasser in der Schweiz»
  • 2017

Wasser in der Schweiz (MOOC)

Woher kommt das Wasser in der Schweiz? Was ist ein Jahrhunderthochwasser? Wie viel Wasser braucht die Schweiz? Warum ist Wasser so wichtig für die Schweiz? Wasser ist so zentral für unser tägliches Leben und trotzdem ist das Wissen über Wasser häufig begrenzt. Dieser Kurs beantwortet viele Fragen rund um das Wasser in der Schweiz – schwimmen Sie mit!
Staudamms Punt dal Gall (Stausee Livigno) im Schweizerischen Nationalpark. Daraus entspringt der Spöl.
  • 2017

International Water Law (MOOC)

This course aims to provide the necessary background to understand and examine the regulation applicable to transboundary freshwaters especially to rivers, lakes and aquifers. It presents the principles and legal standards that govern the use, sharing, management and protection of these resources.
Online Course “Climate Change and Water in Mountain Regions: A Global Concern”
  • 2017

Climate Change and Water in Mountains: A Global Concern (MOOC)

What is climate change? How are mountain regions affected by the evolution of water resources and their uses? What kind of risks need to be considered? A new online course on “Climate Change and Water in Mountain Regions: A Global Concern”, initiated by the University of Geneva, will provide answers on this topic.
MOOC series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development”
  • 2017

Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development (MOOC series)

The MOOC series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development” is an open-access, full-fledged eLearning programme. It consists of four courses, which are constantly running on the learning platform Coursera. You can sign up for free on the course pages and start learning today. All the video lectures are also on YouTube.
thundery atmosphere lake alluvial forest
  • 2017

Ecosystem Services: a Method for Sustainable Development (MOOC)

Ecosystem services are a way of thinking about – and evaluating – the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. This MOOC will cover scientific (technical), economic, and socio-political dimensions of the concept through a mix of theory, case-studies, interviews with specialists and a serious-game.
MOOC: Water Resources Management and Policy
  • 2016

Water Resources Management and Policy (MOOC)

Water management today is faced with new challenges such as climate change or the effects of human activity. Public and private stakeholders who are active in this field must develop new ways to better manage the water cycle "as a whole". The objective of this MOOC is to develop an understanding of the problems related to water management.

Further online courses

Alpandino Website
  • 2017

Alpandino – Free online course

Free online course on the principles of alpine plant ecology and treeline ecology developed by ALPECOLe - e-learning course in alpine ecology, Institute of Botany (Section Plant Ecology), University of Basel and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This course also gives an insight into the mountain climate key characteristics.
mountains stream bed riverside area
  • 2005

E-drologie : Hydrologie Générale

Le cours d'Hydrologie Générale « e-drologie » se présente comme cours d'introduction à l'hydrologie quantitative. Ce cours s'adresse à toute personne, étudiant ou praticien concerné par les milieux naturels, plus particulièrement intéressée par les ressources en eau et l'ingénierie environnementale.

Citizen Science

  • 19.05.2017
  • Universität Zürich
  • News

CrowdWater - We are counting on your contribution!

CrowdWater is a citizen science project to collect hydrological data. We welcome anyone interested in water to participate!

promotion of young researchers

Wege durch die Wasserwelt – Hydrologische Exkursionen in der Schweiz

Entdecken Sie die Wasserwelt Schweiz! Exkursionen und Veranstaltungen.
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Starting with the origin of Switzerland’s abundant water resources, the high amount of precipitation in the Alps, relevant hydrological, water management, social and environmental aspects of water are considered.
Hydrologie an der Universität Zürich: Hydrologinnen und Hydrologen in Aktion – 2

Study programmes

Study programmes in the field of hydrology at bachelor and master level.
Hydrologie an der Universität Zürich: Hydrologinnen und Hydrologen in Aktion – 3

Further education

Further education courses and CAS/DAS/MAS programmes in the field of hydrology.