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Research

Drought in Switzerland, the ‘water tower of Europe’

With recent years showing that even Switzerland is not immune to water shortages, researchers at WSL have been working on many projects relating to drought. How can critical periods of drought be detected in good time and how does drought affect forests and other ecosystems?

Alpine snow and water resources

Alpine snow and water resources

The WSL and SLF are engaged in research to measure and pinpoint the country's snow and water resources, and to forecast future variances giving due consideration to the impact of climate change. A conference on this subject for practitioners and researchers took place at the end of November.

Research XXL: nature as laboratory

Research XXL: nature as laboratory

Some research requires lots of space, complicated instrumentation and plenty of time and money. The payoff of such large-scale experiments: great data that is very close to reality. The WSL carries out a whole series of XXL-projects.

Invasive species: friend or foe?

Invasive species: friend or foe?

Globalisation means that the world has grown small for both us humans and other creatures. New animal and plant species are constantly migrating to Switzerland or are introduced from other continents via a variety of routes.

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