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Amy Macfarlane, post-graduate student at SLF, postponed her scheduled return and experienced by the skin of her teeth how “her” ice floe transformed back to water. More in the blog.



SLF researchers have assessed how natural hazards in the Alps are likely to change in the future and what this will mean for hikers and hiking trails.


Broad-leaved trees could help to reduce some of the adverse local impacts of climate change better than needle-leaved trees. This shows a new study.


A new study has identified 160 government subsidies that not only pursue political goals, but also impair biodiversity.


The current situation of all natural hazards in Switzerland is shown on the newly revised federal portal


The sympathy for the tragic death of our director is overwhelming. Here you can find an obituary and an online condolence book.


A new study, in which the late WSL Director also participated, estimates the sea-level rise caused by the melting of the Greenland ice.


Konrad Steffen has died during field work in Greenland. WSL directorate and staff are shocked and stunned.


According to a new WSL study, a larger area of the world’s glaciers than previously thought is covered with debris and thus melting slower.


Even during lockdown, WSL glaciologist Matthias Huss had to measure glaciers – without using cable cars. Read about this experience in the blog.


Niklaus Zimmermann is stepping down from the WSL Directorate after 15 eventful years, during which he has been instrumental in shaping the WSL.



With topics ranging from insect mortality to environmental policy, the research initiative "Blue Green Biodiversity" presents its first 13 projects.


The world's first national permafrost monitoring network has documented warming of permafrost in the Swiss Alps since the year 2000.


Herbivores such as deer, snails or insects keep nutrient cycles on pastures in the National Park running. Without them, the ecosystem collapses.


How heavily are soils in Europe contaminated with radioactive caesium and plutonium? A Swiss-led international study provides a new map.



Irrigated Scots pines continue to grow well for several years after their water supply is turned off. Can trees remember better times?


While biodiversity is shrinking globally, there may be different trends locally, a large-scale study with WSL participation shows.


Forest management and timber production are not profitable, yet forest services should be for free. The new DIAGONAL explains why this fails to work.



Great illustration by Yvonne Roggenmoser in the new DIAGONAL with the focus topic «wood».


WSL analysis finds that while the Federal Council received emergency powers at the start of the pandemic, Swiss federal governance endured.