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Research

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.

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.

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.

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?

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