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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.


Earlier vegetation growth is changing the food supply available to roe deer during the birthing season. This could see more moving to higher altitudes.


Erratic boulders transported to the lowlands by the glaciers are home to rare mosses and ferns. What does this mean for climbers? Read it in DIAGONAL magazine.


How should forests in Switzerland be tended and the wood be used to ensure the best climate protection? Read up on it in the new DIAGONAL.


A WSL research programme is examining the impact of climate change on rock slope failures, avalanches and debris flows and developing responses.


Floods, landslides and debris flows caused some CHF 85 million of damage and resulted in five fatalities in 2019.


New centre to explore climate change and natural hazards in the Alpine region.