ETHZ / Computer Engineering & Networks Lab.
Expert in Resource constrained system optimization, RF communication, computer engineering
Lothar Thiele
ETHZ
X-Sense
Monitoring Alpine Mass Movements at Multiple Scales
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ETHZ/CENL
Expert in wireless and embedded systems
Jan Beutel
ETHZ
ETHZ/D-BAUG/IGP
Expert in satellite geodesy and precise navigation
Alain Geiger
ETHZ
FOEN/BAFU - Federal Office for the Environment 
Expert in risk management on landslides, the monitoring and the development of remote sensing applications for mass movements
Hugo Raetzo
FOEN
Gamma Remote Sensing
Expert in radar remote sensing applications
Tazio Strozzi
Gamma Remote Sensing
UZH/Geography/GGG
Expert in modelling rapid dynamic changes of glaciers
Andreas Vieli
UZH

Project Description

In the context of climate change X-Sense investigates why mountain slopes get unstable with a focus on high-alpine terrain (permafrost). Here the consortium develops wireless measurement technology, integrates  across various  sensing dimensions,  develops advanced processing and data fusion algorithms to better  understand and forecast natural hazards. 

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Our researchers in the media

Notable publications

GNSS Instrumentation State and First Results from Project SWISS 4D II
Villiger Arturo and Geiger Alain
2nd Annual Meeting of COGEAR

Switzerland’s strain field based on the swiss terrestial reference frame 2010
Villiger Arturo, Geiger Alain, Marti Urs, Brockmann Elmar
International Association of Geodesy Scientific Assembly

Permanent monitoring of alpine slope instabilities with L1-GPS
Limpach, Philippe; Geiger, Alain; Su, Zhenzhong; Beutel, Jan; Gruber, Stephan
EGU General Assembly Conference Abstract

The Problem Bit
Matthias Keller, Jan Beutel and Lothar Thiele
Proc. of the 9th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS 2013), Cambridge, MA, USA, p. 105-114, May 2013.


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Posters from 2013


Simulating fast surface-to-depth coupling in frozen debris slopes
Stefano Endrizzi, Stephan Gruber

Simulating near-surface thermal and hydrologic characteristics
Joel Fiddes, Stephan Gruber

Continous monitoring of alpine slope instabilites with GPS sensors
Philippe Limpach, Zhenzhong Su, Alain Geiger

Characterization of short term velocity variations of permafrost slope movements using GPS-derived positions
Vanessa Wirz, Stephan Gruber


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Posters from 2012


FlockLab: A Feature-Rich Testbed for Wireless Sensor Networks
Lim, Walser, Beutel

The potential of merging multiscale data sequences
Neyer, Su, Limpach, Delaloye, Raetzo, Beutel, Gruber

GPS-equipped Wireless Sensor Network for High-accuracy Positioning
Buchli, Sutton, Limpach, Beutel

CamZilla: High-Resolution Imaging for Detecting Temporal and Spatial Changes in the Environment
Beutel, Ursula Keller, Gsell, Walser, Yuecel

Posters from 2011


Mountain cryosphere-related debris slope movements: strategies and methods to analyze the spatio-temporal variability
Vanessa Wirz, Stephan Gruber, Stefano Endrizzi

Measuring the right thing: early warning systems are more than just high-tech
Stephan Gruber, Vanessa Wirz, Stefano Endrizzi, Jan Beutel, Philippe Limpach

The GEOtop model as a tool to describe the energy and water balance in permafrost and seasonally-frozen soils
Stefano Endrizzi, Stephan Gruber

G-MoDe: Detection of Small and Rapid Movements by a Single GPS Carrier Phase Receiver



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