WSL strives for excellence in terrestrial environmental research to provide solutions improving quality of life in a healthy environment.
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research is concerned with the use, development and protection of natural and urban spaces. The focus of our research is on solving problems to do with the responsible use of landscapes and forests and a prudent approach to natural hazards, especially those common in mountainous countries. WSL occupies a leading position internationally in these research areas. We also provide groundwork for sustainable environmental policies in Switzerland.
- WSL explores the dynamics of the terrestrial environment, and the use and protection of natural habitats and cultural landscapes.
- WSL monitors forests, landscapes, biodiversity, natural hazards, and snow and ice.
- WSL develops sustainable solutions for socially relevant issues - together with its partners from science and society.