Rüegg, Arnaud

PhD student      



My research, taking place in the JuraHydroslide project, will focus on the role of groundwater in landslide phenomena. The objective of the project is to find alternative hydrogeologic indicators to develop innovative tools for making short- and long-term predictions of landslide activity in the Jura Mountains, as well as assess the interaction between karst systems and slope stability. The study sites are distributed along the Jura massif to cover several types of landslides, such as permanent deep-seated landslides, superficial spontaneous landslides, peat landslides or rock avalanches. Field characterization and monitoring will be tackled by linking standard methods and tests in hydrogeology and geotechnics, with innovative approaches, such as repeated flights of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems, for slope hydrogeologic and geotechnical assessments.



2019 – Present

Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), University of Neuchâtel

2016 – 2018

M.Sc. in Hydrogeology and Geothermics, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Master thesis: Data acquisition and numerical modelling for a thermally-induced breakout experiment

2015 – 2016

M.Sc. in Earth Sciences (1 semester), Engineering Geology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

2011 – 2014

B.Sc. in Earth Sciences, Geosciences and Environment, mention Geology, University of Lausanne


Positions held

2019 – Present

Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), University of Neuchâtel

2018 – 2019

Hydrogeologist – CSD Ingénieurs SA, Lausanne (VD)

2017 – 2018

Junior geologist and hydrogeologist (20% during M.Sc.) – CSD Ingénieurs SA, Lausanne (VD)

2016 – 2017

Junior geologist (20% during M.Sc.) – GADZ SA, Mont-sur-Lausanne (VD)

2014 – 2015

Geologist (Civil service) – Direction générale de l’environnement Vaud, Lausanne (VD)




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Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN)
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