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Polar research at the WSL

Both Earth’s polar regions are very severely affected by climate change. The melting of their snow and ice masses is raising the sea level. This makes it all the more important to examine the snow and climate conditions in these regions, so that accurate forecasts can be made.

The WSL has conducted research in polar regions for a number of years, in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) is a founder member of the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI), which was established in 2016. The institute's first scientific endeavour is the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), sailing right round the Antarctic, starting in December 2016 and involving 55 research participants from 30 different countries, collaborating on a total of 22 research projects.

Swiss Camp in Greenland. Photo: Lino Schmid

Research in the Antarctic

Research in the Arctic