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Projects

Ecology, Evolution and Genetics of the dwarf willow Salix herbacea
Salix herbacea

In this complementary research project we want to find out about the ecological, evolutionary and genetic components of adaption to microhabitats and future climate change of the dwarf willow Salix herbacea, in the mountains around Davos (Switzerland).

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Kunstschnee und Umwelt: Die künstliche Schneedecke unter der Lupe
Kunstschnee

In den nächsten Jahrzehnten wird laut Klimaprognosen die Untergrenze für schneesichere Skigebiete von 1200 auf 1500 m ü. M. ansteigen. In der Folge dürfte die Zahl der Beschneiungsanlagen und der Einsatz chemischer Zusätze bei der Beschneiung weiter zunehmen. Was hat das für Auswirkungen auf die alpine Vegetation?

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Tea time on mountain summits
Improving knowledge of decomposition processes in mountain soils

SLF researchers are not drinking tea for scientific purposes, but burying it in the ground. Within the framework of an international project, scientists are investigating how tea decomposes in mountain soils. Their aim is to improve our understanding of the CO2 cycle.

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GLORIA GLobal Observation Research Initiative in Alpine environments
GLORIA

Within the framework of a major international project, the SLF is investigating the changes that occur in the plant kingdom over a period of decades on eight mountain summits in the Swiss National Park.

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International Tundra Experiment ITEX
Tundra Experiment

Temperature in Arctic and alpine regions have increased more rapidly than in other regions. How do tundra ecosystems respond to that climate warming? The SLF is contributing to an international research network that studies at over 40 locations worldwide how cold adapted plants respond to warmer temperatures.

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Summit Flora in a changing climate
Summit Flora

Vegetation data of 150 Swiss mountain summits show: considerably more plant species are growing in those habitats today, and they have advanced to higher altitudes compared to hundred years ago. Is changing climate driving this phenomenon? Further studies in the Pyrenees, in Scotland and Scandinavia shall contribute to answer this question.

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Wärmere Winter: Wie reagieren die Pflanzen?
Wärmere Winter

Unser Klima wird wärmer, vor allem im Winter. Die Wintertemperaturen sind in den letzten Jahrzehnten vielerorts doppelt so stark angestiegen wie diejenigen im Sommer. Die Schneeschmelze in den Bergen findet deshalb immer früher statt. Können die Pflanzen den längeren Sommer für Wachstum nutzen? Verändert sich dadurch die Vegetation?

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