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Snow and Ice

At WSL we investigate snow, ice and permafrost in relation to their importance as a natural resource for winter tourism and as a source for potable water and hydropower. We also conduct extensive research into the snow microstructure as well as into the exchange processes that take place between soil, snow and the atmosphere. This is key to a greater understanding of the avalanche formation processes as well as to the role of the snow and ice masses for the earth’s climate.

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Polar research at the WSL
Polar research

SLF and WSL scientists periodically conduct research in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Some examples are the ACE expedition of 2016-17 or an expedition to Greenland during the spring of 2017. The WSL is a co-founder of the Swiss Polar Institute SPI.

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As European glaciers dwindle, dams could replace them
Dams could replace dwindling glaciers

20.05.2016: Water management in reservoirs could substantially mitigate future summer water shortages, expected as a consequence of ongoing glacier retreat. This is the conclusion of a WSL-led research team.

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As European glaciers dwindle, dams could replace them
Dams could replace dwindling glaciers

20.05.2016: Water management in reservoirs could substantially mitigate future summer water shortages, expected as a consequence of ongoing glacier retreat. This is the conclusion of a WSL-led research team.

Available languages: German English French Italian

SLF News
SLF Allt the news of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF can be found here.

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Publications

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

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

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