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Landscape Development

Samedan am Bahnhof

Landscapes are continually changing. These changes occur on a large scale at a slow pace. At WSL we are investigating their causes and the effects they have on humans and the environment. This research provides a sound scientific basis for sustainable landscape development, which aims at (a) protecting landscape quality and (b) fostering the identification of the population with their everyday landscape.

Landscape Research Center WSL

Zentrum Landschaft In spring 2012 WSL established the Landscape Research Center which has the following aims:
  • Disseminate knowledge to stakeholders working in landscape management
  • Act as a link between researchers at WSL and other scientists
  • Promote research and teaching in Landscape Research

In focus

Semi-arid ecosystems emerging role in global carbon cycle dynamics
Semi-arid ecosystems and the global carbon cycle

21.05.2014: In 2011, global land carbon uptake was estimated to be a record breaking 40% of annual fossil fuel and land-cover change CO2 emissions. Enhanced semi-arid ecosystem productivity explain much of this strong land sink.

Available languages: English

Impacts of climate change in Switzerland: adaptation and climate change mitigation must go hand in hand
Report: CH2014 Impacts

14.03.2014: Southern Switzerland emerges as a hotspot of the effects of climate change. And the bark beetle is putting spruces all over Switzerland under increasing pressure. These are two of many statements from the report «CH2014-Impacts», which deals with the quantitative consequences of climate change for Switzerland.

Available languages: German English French Italian

New publication

Bauer, N.; Mondini, M.; Bernasconi, A. (eds) 2012:
Landscape and Health: Effects, Potential and Strategies. Landschaft und Gesundheit: Wirkung, Potentiale und Strategien. Abstracts. 2nd International Conference, January 24 and 25, 2012.

Birmensdorf, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL. 112 pp.