Dr. Jonas Schwaab

Dr.  Jonas Schwaab


ETH Zürich

Dep. Architektur

CHN N 17.2

Universitätstrasse 16

8092 Zürich


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Curriculum Vitae


Working Experience:

•    June 2020 - ongoing
      Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zürich
      (Senior Scientist)

•    December 2017 - June 2020
      Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zürich


•    October 2015 - October 2016
      COINlab (link) and Beacon Center (link), Michigan State University
      (Research Associate)


•    October 2020 – March 2022:
      EPFL Certificate of Open Studies: Applied data science - Machine learning
      (postgraduate course). EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

•    July 2013 – September 2017:
      PhD candidate at ETH Zürich, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development.
      Thesis: Using Multi-Objective Optimization for Improving the Sustainability of
      Urban Development

•    April 2013 – March 2015:
      Diploma in Advanced Studies in Applied Statistics (postgraduate course), ETH Zürich,

•    October 2006 – September 2012:
      Diploma in Geoecology (equivalent to MSc in environmental sciences), Karlsruhe
      Institute for Technology (KIT), Germany.



Publications (peer-reviewed)


Mussetti, G., Davin, E. L., Schwaab, J., Acero, J. A., Ivanchev, J., Singh, V. K., Jin, L., & Seneviratne, S. I. (2022). Do Electric Vehicles Mitigate Urban Heat? The Case of a Tropical City [Brief Research Report]. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2022.810342


Schwaab, J., Meier, R., Bürgi, C., Mussetti, G., Seneviratne, S. I. & Davin, E. L. 2021. The Role of Urban Trees in Reducing Land Surface Temperatures in European Cities. Nature Communications. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-26768-w


Meier, R., Schwaab, J., Seneviratne, S. I., Sprenger, M., Lewis, E. & Davin, E. L. 2021. Empirical estimate of forestation-induced precipitation changes in Europe. Nature Geoscience, 14, 473-478. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00773-6


Schwaab, J., Davin, E.L., Bebi, P., Waser, L., Duguay-Tetzlaff, A., Haeni, M., Meier, R. (2020) Increasing the broad-leaved tree fraction in European forests mitigates hot temperature extremes. Scientific reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-71055-1


Drobnik, T., Schwaab, J., Grêt-Regamey, A.,. (2020). Moving towards integrating soil into spatial planning: No net loss of soil-based ecosystem services. Journal of Environmental Management.


Meier, R., Davin, E., Swenson, S.C., Lawrence, D.M., Schwaab, J. (2019): Biomass heat storage dampens diurnal temperature variations in forests. Environmental Research Letters.


Schwaab, J. Lautenbach, S., Braun-Dubler, N., Gmünder, M., Grêt-Regamey, A., van Strien, M.J. (2019). The difficulty of steering settlement development to reduce the loss of ecosystem services: an exploration of different development scenarios in Switzerland using spatially explicit land-use models. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.


Schwaab, J., Deb, K., Goodman, E., Kool, S., Lautenbach, S., Ryffel, A., van Strien, M. & Grêt-Regamey, A. 2018. Using multi-objective optimization to secure fertile soils across municipalities. Applied Geography. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2018.06.001


Schwaab, J., Deb, K., Goodman, E., Lautenbach, S., van Strien, M. & Grêt-Regamey, A. 2017. Improving the performance of genetic algorithms for land-use allocation problems. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. https://doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2017.1419249


Schwaab, J., Deb, K., Goodman, E., Lautenbach, S., van Strien, M. & Grêt-Regamey, A. 2017. How to choose the right planning horizon? Using multi-objective optimization to support urban planning. 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 3 to 8 December 2017. https://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2017/F1/schwaab.pdf


Schwaab, J., Deb, K., Goodman, E., Lautenbach, S., van Strien, M. & Grêt-Regamey, A. 2017. Reducing the loss of agricultural productivity due to compact urban development in municipalities of Switzerland. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 65, 162-177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2017.06.005


Schwaab, J., Deb, K., Goodman, E., Lautenbach, S., van Strien, M. & Grêt-Regamey, A. 2017. Short- vs. long-term urban planning using multi-objective optimization. In Proceedings of GECCO (Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference), Berlin, Germany, July 15-19, 2017.


Schwaab, J., Bavay, M., Davin, E., Hagedorn, F., Hüsler, F., Lehning, M., Schneebeli, M., Thürig, E. & Bebi, P. 2015. Carbon storage versus albedo change: radiative forcing of forest expansion in temperate mountainous regions of Switzerland. Biogeosciences, 12, 467-487. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-467-2015


Herbstsemester 2022

Nummer Veranstaltung
061-0101-00L Climate / Water / Soil
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