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Research

Polar research at the WSL

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 founding member of the Swiss Polar Institute SPI.

How WSL research is contributing to the energy transition

How WSL research is contributing to the energy transition

The Swiss authorities have decided to phase out nuclear energy, with the idea being that alternative energy sources will fill the gap. However, the implications of this move are still unclear. Against this backdrop, the WSL is investigating what impact the energy transition could have on the environment and society.

Drought in Switzerland, the ‘water tower of Europe’

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?

Predicting forest fires and researching the consequences

Predicting forest fires and researching the consequences

Several forest fires occur in Switzerland every year. Researchers from the WSL Institute collect event data and develop methods and approaches to assess fire risks. They also examine the effects forest fires have on hillside erosion and on the development of biodiversity.

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