About us

We are a part of the Hydrology and Climate group (H2K) within the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich.

PhD students

Simon Etter

I am a PhD Student at the University of Zurich and I started working on the CrowdWater Project in April 2016. I already did my Master’s Degree in Zurich. I hope to find new types of hydrological data collection methods based on citizen science from which everyone can benefit in the end. Furthermore I hope that our strategy will be applicable not only to Switzerland but for the entire world.

Barbara Strobl

I am a PhD student at the University of Zurich and I started working on the CrowdWater project in April 2016. I come from Austria and did my previous studies at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz and at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. I hope that with the help of “the crowd” we will be able to improve our understanding of hydrological processes and through that also hydrological forecast models.

Community Manager

Franziska Schwarzenbach

I am currently doing my Master’s in Physical Geography at the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich. Since December 2019 I am working for the CrowdWater project as a community manager. For me, the combination of hydrology and collaboration with the crowd is very interesting and has a large potential for new findings, which will be valuable here in Switzerland as well as in other parts of the world.


Prof. Dr. Jan Seibert

As a hydrologist I am curious about water. Current research topics include the use of catchment models for land-use and climate change impact studies, runoff generation processes and their representation in models, the value of different types of data and uncertainty analysis. Today’s mobile devices provide exciting opportunities to include the public in hydrological observations.

Dr. Ilja van Meerveld

I am a researcher at the University of Zurich. My research focuses mainly on understanding hydrological processes. I have been involved in field-studies in a range of places (Canada, USA, Alps, Madagascar, Philippines) and am interested in citizen science in hydrology because it provides new opportunities to obtain hydrological data and knowledge, and allows us to study previously unmonitored areas.



Hydrologie und Klima Gruppe
Geographisches Institut
Universität Zürich – Irchel
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich


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