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A model developed by WSL researchers can predict long-term droughts over several weeks. This helps hydropower producers. (Press release of the SNF)


The recognition by UNESCO underlines the interplay of traditional knowledge, technology and folk culture in intangible cultural heritage.


Regional development is a central pillar of Swiss policy. A new factsheet shows how this works best.


The expansion of renewable energy will further decentralise power and heat generation in Switzerland. (Image:


The first global vegetation database contains over 1.1 million vegetation records.


The network for climate services NCCS has a new web portal. The WSL is contributing the priority theme forest functions and climate change.


New book: A new method makes urban sprawl measurable and comparable for the first time. This should help making spatial planning more sustainable.


The new issue of WSL’s magazine Diagonal focuses on networks – both in nature and in science.


As a tree physiologist at WSL, Leonie Schönbeck researches how trees take up and store energy, and how they recover from drought.


A European research team is looking for solutions to combine renewable energies with landscape protection. The results are now available.


The art installation "Sounding Soil", developed together with WSL, takes visitors on a sound journey into the soil. It is exhibited in Bern until 11/25.


Destructive typhoons are moving poleward. According to a new study, the destructive impact of typhoons is moving to new areas which are not accustomed to them.


A new study shows that migrations and wintering areas of migratory birds are not sufficiently taken into account in species conservation.


The Japanese beetle, which is native to Asia, is heading for Switzerland. The invasive species has already established near Milan.


The book "Moore der Schweiz" (German) presents the development of moors in Switzerland and their research. Includes many case studies.


The Int. Org. of Vine and Wine has honoured the work "Diversità dei vigneti della Svizzera italiana" by Marco Moretti (WSL). Congratulations!


Fine tree roots get far less old than previously assumed, as demonstrated by tree ring analyses in a study published in Nature Communications.


Soils and forests are very dry, the water in rivers and lakes low. July started drier than the scorching summer of 2015. More on (German).


Spectacular outbreak of the larvae of the grey larch tortrix in Engadine and Valais: the trees look ill, but will recover within short time.


The southern location of WSL opened its doors to the public on June 9, 2018.