The Hydrological Atlas of Switzerland is a platform on the topic of water. It includes maps in printed and digital form, teaching material for use at secondary level and a series of excursion guides aimed at different target groups.
The "Hydrological Atlas of Switzerland" is a systematic collection of plates (map sheets) on hydrology in Switzerland. The plates are divided into the following chapters: fundamental maps, precipitation, snow and glaciers, evaporation, rivers and lakes, soil and groundwater, water balance, and material balances (physical and chemical aspects).
Atlas, teaching material and excursion guide
The atlas provides a data and information platform for science, practice, schools and the public on the topic of water. In addition to the maps, whose base data can also be used digitally through the internet, the atlas also provides teaching material entitled “WASSERverstehen” (“Understanding WATER”) for secondary level students and a series of excursion guides "Wege durch die Wasserwelt" ("Paths through the world of water") for various regions in Switzerland. Both the teaching material and the excursion guides will be continuously extended and supplemented with new modules and guides. In August 2017, the new teaching aid “Wallis – Wassernutzung im Wandel” (“Valais – changes in water usage”) was published.
The interactive platform
After a development period of approximately four years, a digital interactive platform featuring hydrological topics became available at the end of June 2016. The launch took place jointly with the Digital Atlas of Switzerland, which is maintained by the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). The platform is continually expanded with new topics and maps. Some of these can be combined and viewed in 3 dimensions.
The Hydrological Atlas of Switzerland is a federal programme which is implemented under the aegis of the FOEN. The project is managed by the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern.
More information about the Hydrological Atlas of Switzerland:
Geodataset "Hydrographische Gliederung der Schweiz"
Hydrographische Gliederung der Schweiz (ZIP, 5 MB, 26.07.2017)Data status 2007
Last modification 18.09.2017