Department of Geography, University of Zurich Switzerland
Data Center Description
The Department of Geography, University of Zurich, belongs to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultat). It is the largest Geography Department in Switzerland and offers a wide range of teaching and research facilities. It is divided into six divisions:
-Physical Geography -Human Geography -Economic Geography -Remote Sensing Laboratories -Geographic Information Analysis -Geographic Information Systems
The heads of the divisions form the executive council which elects a managing director with a four year term of office. Beside the executive council the department has two advisory boards: the administrative board made up from senior staff members and the departmental forum with representatives from all levels including the students. Attached to the managing director are the administration staff and the student-advisory board. The Teacher-Training section Secondary Level 1 is currently attached to the chair of the Physical Geography Division. Other staff functions such as laboratories, library, video-library, graphics and electronic data-processing are allocated to individual divisions. The geography students are organized in a students fellowship.
The department co-operates with the universities of Bochum, Grenoble, Sheffield, Turku, Verona and Zaragoza on the European Exchange Program ERASMUS / SOCRATES. Other examples are the Inter-University Partnership for Earth Observation and Geoinformatics together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. With the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science of the Federal Institute of Technology (situated at the Irchel Campus) exists close co-operation, especially in the field of teaching.
The Institute has a large library, a consulting and information centre for students and several labs for radio carbon dating, soil chemistry analysis, remote sensing image analysis, computer cartography, landscape visualization etc.