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Natural Hazards


Natural hazards, such as avalanches, rockfall and debris flow, can cause substantial damage in Switzerland. Research at WSL helps to protect people from such hazards. WSL has established several unique experimental stations to find out more about the processes involved in avalanches, rockfall and debris flow in order to improve protection measures and warning systems when such events occur.

In focus

The effect of plants on soil stability
The effect of plants on soil stability

05.06.2015: In the midterm of a study within the National Research Programme 68 first results are presented on soil characteristics, land use and the effect of plants on soil stability.

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SLF News: Avalanches and the Law
SLF News

01.06.2015: A three-day seminar entitled ‘Avalanches and the Law’ is being launched in Davos today. Hosted by the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, the event brings snow and avalanche experts together with legal professionals.

Learning the hard way: lessons from Vivian (1990) and Lothar (1999)
Lessons from Vivian (1990) and Lothar (1999)

05.05.2015: The windstorms Vivian (1990) and Lothar (1999) felled millions of trees in Switzerland. Trees are now growing at all windthrow sites. At higher elevations, however, the young forests often contain too many gaps to provide sufficient protection from natural hazards.

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New publication

Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL, 2015:
WSL-Magazin Diagonal. Dem Umweltwandel auf der Spur.

WSL-Mag. Diagonal 2015, 1: 36 S.

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Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL, 2014:
WSL-Magazin Diagonal. Naturgefahren: alles im Griff?

WSL-Mag. Diagonal 2014, 1: 36 S.

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Graf, C. (Red.), 2013:
Mattertal - ein Tal in Bewegung. Publikation zur Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Geomorphologischen Gesellschaft 29. Juni - 1. Juli 2011, St. Niklaus.

Birmensdorf, Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL. 164 S.

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