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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?

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.

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.

Soil - Precious dirt at your feet

Soil - Precious dirt at your feet

Twenty years ago, soil was still largely unknown territory. While a fair amount was known about its composition, almost nothing was known about the organisms that live in it. Researchers, including those at WSL, have made great advances in recent years.

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