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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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«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.

Available languages: German English French Italian

Special exhibition on avalanches
Exhibition on avalanches

12.11.2013: The special exhibition 'Avalanches: White glory, White risk' will be presented at the Glacier Garden in Lucerne from November 15th 2013 to September 14th 2014. The exhibition shows the many aesthetic aspects of snow and avalanches but also conveys essential information on avalanches and avalanche prevention. It is the result of a collaboration between the University of Teacher Education Lucerne, SLF and SUVA.

Available languages: German English French Italian

Compendium of snow
Compendium of snow

06.11.2013: On November 5, the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF hosted a launch event for its most recent book. Published in German by Primus Verlag, the illustrated volume entitled "Schnee" provides a unique insight into the fascinating world of snow. The book launch in Chur was jointly organised by the local environmental research organisation Naturforschende Gesellschaft Graubünden and the Schuler Bücher bookstore.

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New publication

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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