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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.


Forum für Wissen: registration open

On May 24 2019 a WSL symposium on 'Learning from extreme events' for scientists and practitioners will take place in Davos (in German).


FC Guy Parmelin visited the SLF on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF), where all the institutions in the ETH Domain presented themselves.


Felix Kienast is the new President of the Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks, which is part of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).


The further away trees grow from the poles or mountain peaks, the more drought limits their growth.


A study including the participation of the SLF and of PERMOS demonstrates that permafrost temperatures have risen worldwide over the last 10 years.


Forests still suffer from ozone exposure, despite decreasing ozone levels, WSL researchers report.


A cress species thrives on soils contaminated with heavy metals – because it has adapted genetically in the course of evolution, a new study shows.


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