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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.


The Asian long-horned beetle which was detected in the Canton of Fribourg in 2011 and 2014 was successfully eradicated after several years of control.


Tiny marine organisms transport carbon from the atmosphere into the depths of the oceans. Climate change is altering this biological pump.


The winter of 1998/99 claimed many lives and caused extensive damage to property in the Alps. What lessons have been learned from this experience?


A new method explains how species adapt to the environment in the course of evolution and how biodiversity develops.


A new estimate for the glacier ice volume all around the world indicates the volume of glaciers in Asia has been overestimated.


The expedition GLACE of the Swiss Polar Institute will be the first to circumnavigate Greenland for scientific research.


This day is a reminder that women play a critical role in science and technology. We celebrate it by presenting three outstanding researchers at WSL.