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Università della Svizzera italiana

Managing the trade-off between groundwater resources and large-scale agriculture : the case of pistachio production in Iran

Akhavan, Ali ; Gonçalves, Paulo

In: System dynamics review, 2021, vol. 37, no. 2-3, p. 155-196

Benefiting from historically favorable conditions (e.g. low costs, fertile land, and abundant water), pistachio producers in Rafsanjan, Iran, have flourished, with pistachio orchards and production growing dramatically since the 1970s. Today, however, the enormous increase in water consumption associated with pistachio production has severely depleted groundwater aquifers, causing widespread...

Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

Are global hotspots of endemic richness shaped by plate tectonics?

Pellissier, Loïc ; Heine, Christian ; Rosauer, Dan F. ; Albouy, Camille

In: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2018, vol. 123, no. 1, p. 247-261

Università della Svizzera italiana

Exchange rate effects on cross-border commuting : Evidence from the Swiss-Italian border

Bello, Piera

In: Journal of economic geography, 2020, vol. 20, no. 4, p. 969-1001

Are cross-border workers responsive to changes in the exchange rate between the home and host countries' currencies? I answer this question by examining the effects of appreciation in the Swiss franc (CHF) relative to the euro (EUR) on labour supply decisions of Italian cross-border workers. I use hourly data on traffic flows in Ticino, the southernmost canton of Switzerland, together with...

Università della Svizzera italiana

The environmental cost and the accident externality of driving : evidence from the Swiss franc’s appreciation

Bello, Piera

This study investigates the effects of driving on air quality and road safety by exploiting exogenous variation in traffic flows associated with the Swiss franc’s appreciation. During the Swiss franc’s appreciation, the volume of cars crossing the Swiss-Italian border rose considerably– the higher purchasing power of Swiss francs in the Euro area induced more Italian workers to cross the...

Université de Fribourg

Tectonics of the Neuchâtel Jura Mountains: insights from mapping and forward modelling

Rime, Valentin ; Sommaruga, Anna ; Schori, Marc ; Mosar, Jon

In: Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 2019, vol. 112, no. 2, p. 563–578

This study focuses on a geological section in the Jura Mountains across the villages of Travers, La Brévine in Switzerland, and Morteau in France. Field mapping was conducted to complement and densify existing data. A kinematically and geometrically consistent forward model has been developed to understand and interpret the observed surface structures. The proposed solution features a...

Université de Fribourg

Tectonics controls on fluvial landscapes and drainage development in the westernmost part of Switzerland: Insights from DEM-derived geomorphic indices

Radaideh, Omar M. A. ; Mosar, Jon

In: Tectonophysics, 2019, vol. 768, p. 228179

This work focuses particularly on the geomorphological evidence for the tectonic controls on the development of the present-day fluvial landscapes in the westernmost part of Switzerland. The tectonic deformation was evaluated on the basis of a combined analysis of several classical geomorphic indices (hypsometric curves and integrals, transverse topographic symmetry index, and channel's...

Université de Fribourg

Early Miocene herpetofaunas from the Greek localities of Aliveri and Karydia – bridging a gap in the knowledge of amphibians and reptiles from the early Neogene of southeastern Europe

Georgalis, Georgios L. ; Villa, Andrea ; Ivanov, Martin ; Roussiakis, Socrates ; Skandalos, Panagiotis ; Delfino, Massimo

In: Historical Biology, 2019, vol. 31, no. 8, p. 1045–1064

We here describe new remains of amphibians and reptiles from the early Miocene (MN 4) of two different Greek localities, Aliveri and Karydia. The newly described material consists of urodelans, alytids, indeterminate anurans, turtles, crocodylians, lacertids, indeterminate scincomorphs, anguids, colubrids, viperids, and indeterminate snakes. The presence of the frog Latonia cf. gigantea in...