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With the FOEN, 20 cantons and forestry enterprises, WSL is creating 57 experimental plantations to study the climate tolerance of 18 tree species.


The new DIAGONAL is anything but normal! Read about our research on huge landslides, bone-dry summers and plants as survival artists.


A study claims that forests should not be thoroughly cleared after storms or forest fires.


Trees throughout central Europe lost their foliage prematurely in the dry summer of 2018. WSL calculations show where and how intensely.

28.10.2020 contains over 2800 articles in four languages on forests. The new design is optimised for mobile devices and offers new features.


Are policy makers on the right track when it comes to stopping biodiversity loss? Researchers say: Only if they aim for the strictest policy goals.


The "Polarstern" is back from the Arctic. Ruzica Dadic reports on the challenges the team faced until the very end.


Lötschental study: When water is scarce, coniferous trees stop their wood growth despite the fact that they produce a lot of carbon.


Data from Glacier Monitoring in Switzerland (GLAMOS) shows: the volume of Swiss glaciers has continued to decline in summer 2020.


The initial results of an Innosuisse project are now available as a WSL report.


Volcanoes have played a larger role in natural temperature variability than previously thought, indicates a new study with participation of the WSL.


The SLF is recognised for its mountain services with an Albert Mountain Award.


Beech trees become stressed in dry summers – but not everywhere. If they find water reserves deep in the soil, their crown remains green.


A diverse world of microbes thrives beneath ungulate carcasses. These carcasses enrich biodiversity, according to a WSL-led study.


Like trees, dead wood helps to prevent rockfall, initial SLF research results suggest.


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