Applied and Environmental Geology

The focus of the applied and environmental geology research group (Angewandte und Umweltgeoloigie AUG) involves the development of application-application-oriented basics related to geological, hydrogeological and geotechnical engineering topics within the region of Northwestern Switzerland and neighboring countries. Current research focuses also on urban geology and hydrogeology as well as the management of subsurface resources (water & energy).

Current environmentally relevant tasks such as the rehabilitation of former industrial sites, the hydrogeological support of large-scale construction projects or the assessment of natural hazards can no longer be satisfactorily resolved without in-depth knowledge of near-surface geological and hydrogeological processes.

The expertise of the AUG is passed on through teaching and counseling to students, cantonal and federal departments as well as practitioners. Our research activities are networked with projects of cantonal agencies, federal offices and universities. This creates synergies for the optimal implementation of new findings in practice.

  • Research: «We carry out up-to-date, environmentally relevant research»
  • Teaching: «We provide attractive, geoscientific education»
  • Service: «We advise independently, competently and practice-oriented»


Prof. Dr. Peter Huggenberger retired on 01.07.2019. Peter has built up the AUG over the last 20 years and has significantly set the research priorities of the working group. With his vigorous determination the AUG was able to set distinctive accents in international research.

After his retirement, until a new appointment to the position of Prof. Dr. Peter Huggenberger, the leadership of the AUG is taken over by Dr. Horst Dresmann and PD Dr. Jannis Epting. The various employees of the AUG complement each other in the different research areas and have many years of experience in dealing with cantonal and national as well as international research projects.


CAS ETH in Applied Earth Sciences on the subject of "shallow subsurface geothermal energy" (10th-13th September 2019 in Zurich)

Swiss participation COST action CA18219 - Research network for including geothermal technologies into decarbonized heating and cooling grids