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Environment - 14.05.2024
Forest landscape model TreeMig

Environment - Earth Sciences - 02.05.2024
Where amphibians feel at home
Where amphibians feel at home
Number, size, surroundings and water level: for the first time, there are quantitative scientific recommendations when it comes to the development of new ecological infrastructures for amphibian conservation.

Environment - Administration - 22.04.2024
Cost-cutting measures at WSL

Environment - 11.04.2024
Social costs of energy systems
Social costs of energy systems
Developing wind and solar infrastructure in the landscape can be tricky and often associated with resistance to arise among the population. Thanks to a new study by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, in addition to the spatial and ecosystem-related costs, also social costs in form of people's preferences can now be considered when siting for new solar and wind power plants.

Environment - 26.03.2024
WSL Strategy 2035
WSL Strategy 2035
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL presents its 2035 research strategy.

Environment - 18.03.2024
Biodiversity at forest edges
Biodiversity at forest edges
Forests contain a lot of biodiversity and provide many ecosystem services such as carbon storage, wood production, and cooling. However, there is an important difference between the biodiversity and services provided by forest cores and forest edges. This is shown in an international study led by the University of Ghent with the collaboration of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL.

Environment - 13.03.2024
How landscape conservation protects against fires
How landscape conservation protects against fires
Climate change influences how often and how intensively forests in Switzerland could burn in the future.

Environment - Social Sciences - 15.02.2024
Power dynamics in nature conservation
The "SCNAT knowledge" web portal provides guidance. The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and its network report the state of knowledge, based on sound scientific findings and in regards to Switzerland - for the attention of politics, administration, business, science and practice.

Environment - 14.02.2024
New e-learning course online
New e-learning course online

Environment - 08.02.2024
WSL short movie wins festival award
WSL short movie wins festival award

Environment - Microtechnics - 30.01.2024
Robot swings into treetops
Robot swings into treetops
It abseils down from a height and swings around obstacles: Robot Avocado will one day maneuver through the canopy of the rainforest and collect data for researchers about this difficult-to-access habitat .

Environment - Innovation - 18.01.2024
SLF hosts VIP visitors
SLF hosts VIP visitors

Environment - 11.01.2024
Heat in rivers
Heat in rivers

Health - Environment - 09.01.2024
Oaks affected by two diseases at the same time
Oaks affected by two diseases at the same time
Five years ago, the bacterial complex disease acute oak dieback was also discovered in Switzerland. In 2023, a new root disease was also discovered on oaks, as reported by Forest Protection Switzerland in the new Forest Protection News .

Environment - 13.12.2023
A glacier monitoring journey to the Himalayas
A glacier monitoring journey to the Himalayas
Glaciers in the Himalayas have been melting faster than in other places in Asia. Last October, WSL doctoral candidate Achille Jouberton from the HIMAL group of Francesca Pellicciotti joined a scientific expedition to study the fast-melting Trakarding-Trambau Glaciers, close to the Everest region.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 06.12.2023
Climate change and... water
Climate change and... water
More droughts in summer and autumn - combined, paradoxically, with an increased risk of flooding - and, in the long term, less snow in winter.

Environment - 05.12.2023
Climate change and... permafrost
Climate change and... permafrost
Permanently frozen ground, or permafrost, is becoming rarer on our planet. Climate change causes it to warm up and ultimately thaw.

Environment - 04.12.2023
Climate change and... avalanches
Climate change and... avalanches
Climate change is having an impact on avalanche activity. Wet snow avalanches can be expected earlier and more frequently, while instabilities in dry snowpack are becoming less common. Unexpected changes in the weather, such as rain in midwinter, will continue to make the work of avalanche warning services and rescue workers challenging, not only in open terrain but also in ski resorts.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 04.12.2023
Climate change and... glaciers
Climate change and... glaciers
With increasing temperatures, more heatwaves and less snowfall, glacier melt is accelerating. Whether we will still have water reserves in the form of frozen ice by 2100 depends heavily on efforts to contain the climate crisis.

Environment - 01.12.2023
Climate change and... forests
Climate change and... forests
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL Climate change will significantly alter the Swiss forests.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 30.11.2023
Travelogue Greenland, part 2
Travelogue Greenland, part 2
SLF biologist Christian Rixen writes about his expedition to Greenland in the footsteps of historical botanists - and climate change.

Environment - 28.11.2023
Climate change and... winter sports
Climate change and... winter sports
With climate change resulting in less natural snow and higher temperatures, challenging times lie ahead for tourist destinations that depend on winter sports, as well as for winter sports fans.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 23.11.2023
Travelogue Greenland, part 1
Travelogue Greenland, part 1
SLF biologist Christian Rixen writes about his expedition to Greenland in the footsteps of historical botanists - and climate change.

Environment - Innovation - 24.10.2023
Glacier researcher receives Prix de Quervain 2023

Environment - Earth Sciences - 03.10.2023
Collecting Plastic Waste in Pristine Bays
Collecting Plastic Waste in Pristine Bays
Along the coast of East Greenland lie some of the most untouched fjords and glacier landscapes in the world.

Environment - 28.09.2023
Two catastrophic years obliterate 10% of glaciers
Two catastrophic years obliterate 10% of glaciers
One extreme year follows another. Glaciers in Switzerland lost 6% of their volume in 2022. However, 2023 saw 4% destroyed, representing the second largest decline since measurements began.

Environment - 26.09.2023
«Ungulates eat the trees of the future»
In many Swiss forests, and especially in protection forests, there is a lack of tree regeneration. One reason is the impact of red deer, chamois and roe deer, which browse on tree saplings or rub their antlers against young trees.

Environment - Life Sciences - 21.09.2023
Ecologist Anita Risch elected to the WSL directorate
On 21 September 2023, the ETH Board elected Anita Risch to the WSL Directorate. The ecologist and private lecturer at ETH Zurich researches the interactions and functions of animals, plants and soil organisms in ecosystems around the world.

Innovation - Environment - 04.09.2023
Partnership for research and innovation

Environment - Career - 17.08.2023
SNSF Advanced Grant for ecological modelling
SNSF Advanced Grant for ecological modelling

Environment - 15.08.2023
Global warming-induced glacier retreat could create novel ecosystems
Global warming-induced glacier retreat could create novel ecosystems
Climate change caused by human activity under a high-emissions scenario may halve the area covered by glaciers outside the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets by the end of the century, reports a study.

Environment - Computer Science - 11.07.2023
A new app to identify plants more precisely
A new app to identify plants more precisely
There are plenty of plant identification apps - but only few, that directly help research.

Environment - 28.06.2023
Beate Jessel steps down as head of WSL

Materials Science - 15.06.2023
Photovoltaic systems under snow pressure
Photovoltaic systems under snow pressure
This week, the photovoltaic sector will gather in Munich for Intersolar Europe, the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry. Solar plants in the Alps have the potential to deliver high output. The SLF analyses the threat they face from alpine hazards and helps to protect solar facilities. Photovoltaic systems at high altitudes on mountainsides could be a successful model thanks to the high light intensity, sloped surfaces and a light efficiency exceeding that of the lowlands.

Environment - Sport - 12.06.2023
'We should give something back to society'
’We should give something back to society’
Ruzica Dadic has been Head of the Snow and Atmosphere Research Unit at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) since 1 February 2023.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 27.04.2023
WSL/ETH Glaciologist Harry Zekollari receives award for his research
WSL/ETH Glaciologist Harry Zekollari receives award for his research

Environment - 05.04.2023
Rethinking instead of removing wild animals
The "SCNAT knowledge" web portal provides guidance. The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and its network report the state of knowledge, based on sound scientific findings and in regards to Switzerland - for the attention of politics, administration, business, science and practice.

Campus - 23.03.2023
WSL’s annual report 2022

Environment - 20.03.2023
Studying plant seasonality with the help of rangers
Studying plant seasonality with the help of rangers
Nature park rangers are out in nature every day and are also directly in touch with people. That is why a team of researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL invited them to collaborate in observing the seasonal processes in nature and communicating them to the park visitors.

Environment - 16.03.2023
Global challenges: What can plant science do to help?
Global challenges: What can plant science do to help?
Plants transform light into sugar and are thus the foundation of all ecosystems as well as the food supply for humanity.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 15.03.2023
«Using creative methods to look for solutions»
Manuela Brunner leads the new Hydrology & Climate Impacts in Mountain Regions research group at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF.

Campus - 10.02.2023
«We have to act as role models.»
«We have to act as role models.»

Environment - Earth Sciences - 31.01.2023
Could the lack of snow signal drought in 2023?
Could the lack of snow signal drought in 2023?
The snowfall level is rising, and the amount of snow falling - if any - is less than usual. As a result, summer and autumn droughts are becoming more frequent.

Environment - 18.01.2023
SLF becomes WMO's Snow Monitoring Competence Centre
SLF becomes WMO’s Snow Monitoring Competence Centre
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has appointed the SLF to be the world's leading competence centre for snow monitoring. The WMO's Infrastructure Commission based its decision on the fact that the SLF already possesses high-quality measuring infrastructure and over 80 years of knowledge. When the test site was set up on the Weissfluhjoch above Davos, at an altitude of 2,536 metres, more than eight decades ago, nobody could have imagined the measuring instruments and methods that would go on to be developed.

Environment - 16.01.2023
Textbook ’Disturbance Ecology’ now also available in English

Environment - Life Sciences - 07.12.2022
WSL involved in Horizon project on forest genetics

Environment - 17.11.2022
Forest Health Achievement Award goes to Ecki Brockerhoff
Forest Health Achievement Award goes to Ecki Brockerhoff

Environment - Research Management - 15.11.2022
Scientists again among most cited researchers

Environment - Art and Design - 09.11.2022
Unearthed - Art by permafrost

Environment - 08.11.2022
PathFinder - forest monitoring to contribute to climate protection
Throughout Europe forests are monitored in order to quantify forest growth. The EU-project PathFinder aims to coordinate the way data from forest inventories are shared between countries.