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Management of 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.

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Federal authorities launch natural hazards portal for the general public
Natural hazards portal

04.07.2014: Information about the current natural hazard situation in Switzerland can now be obtained at a glance from an easy-to-read map on the new web portal The federal agencies responsible for natural hazards were commissioned by the Federal Council to develop the joint web portal, which marks a further advance in the improvement of natural hazard warnings in Switzerland.

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«White Risk»
«White Risk»

18.12.2013: Over the past ten years more than 2,000 people have been affected by avalanches in Switzerland; one third of them were injured or even killed. The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF and Suva have created the interactive avalanche prevention platform «White Risk» as a new tool for snow sports fans, enabling them to acquire knowledge about avalanches and to plan their routes. The goal is to promote risk awareness and to prevent avalanche accidents.

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New publication

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.

CHF 18.00
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