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Hardly anything is known about the distribution of plankton in the oceans. A study by ETH Zurich and WSL fills this knowledge gap.


Accelerated tree growth caused by a warming climate does not necessarily translate into enhanced carbon storage, an international study suggests.


The measures introduced after the avalanche winter of 1999 have proved their worth. This is shown by the event analysis of January 2018.


The prestigious Prix Moulines for an outstanding entomological publication goes to the book "Insekten im Wald".


Paolo Cherubini, dendrochronologist at WSL, has been appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada.


WSL researchers confirm that the valuable White Truffle is established in a park in Geneva. It is apparently migrating northwards with climate change.


Summer School "Forest Resilience"

The SwissForestLab/NFZ Summer School "Forest Resilience" for doctoral students will take place in Davos from 18 to 24 August. Apply until 6 May!


The greater the diversity of soil-borne organisms, the better the forest can fulfil important functions for society and nature, indicates a new study.


Under a limited warming scenario, glaciers would keep about one-third of their volume. Under strong warming, the Alps would be ice free by 2100.


Augmented reality, ancient wood and state-of-the-art instruments make up the interactive exhibition about tree-ring research at WSL.


The impacts of climate warming are buffered inside forests due to the thermal insulation of forest canopies, concludes an international study.


The multi- and interdisciplinary WSL investigates complex topics such as avalanche danger or drought. For more information see the Annual Report 2018.


In time for the int. Forest Day: The National Forest Inventory (LFI) has taken 30,000 photos of Swiss forests. They are now available online.


Private or community gardens in metropolitan areas have great social significance and are a haven for biodiversity.


New data reveal that temperatures in the upper layers of the permafrost have reached record values after a period of cooling (German or French).


Floods, landslides and debris flows caused some CHF 200 million of damage in Switzerland in 2018.


The ETH Board appointed landscape researcher Anna M. Hersperger as a member of the WSL-Directorate.


Switzerland possesses large undeveloped landscapes – the lion's share of which is located in high alpine regions – according to a WSL analysis.


The World Wildlife Day on 3rd March draws attention to woldwide species-loss. The WSL provides a scientific basis for species protection.


Will there be more lightning induced forest fires? This and other questions are the object of an analyisis of last summer's drought.