In the field stories

Safe Harbour for Migrating Fish and Cleaner Sustainable Energy

In Switzerland, nearly 60% of the electricity stems from clean and sustainable hydropower. Researchers at ETH Zurich’s Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) are working hard to mitigate the disruption and impact that run-of-river hydropower plants, weirs, and dams have on fish migration routes and fish populations in the country’s river systems.

Research tracking the migratory patterns of fish requires connecting a vast number of sensors and cameras and the capacity to flawlessly transfer terabytes of recorded images and signals. In the field, offline network switches allowed for internal data transfer, followed by the need for the robust connectivity and enormous capacity to transfer the data to data centers and partners. The SWITCH 100-gigabit/second research network provides the connectivity the researchers require to advance their work.

Submitted by Audrey Gerber

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