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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.


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


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


Leg 3 of MOSAiC takes 3 months longer than planned. The WSL remote sensing installation threatened by ice crack finally allows good data collection.


The lockdown saw many Swiss people go to forests more often than usual, but even more stopped visiting them entirely, a survey reveals.


A study with the participation of WSL professor Charlotte Grossiord published in Science shows the impact of global warming on forest age structure.


"": melting ice can release viruses and bacteria that are potentially harmful to humans. With Beat Frey (WSL).


Burnt beech forests provide less protection against natural hazards than intact woods. A new WSL Fact Sheet describes the fire and vegetation dynamics.


Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Zurich as well as WSL studied the 100-year development of plant diversity in the canton of Zurich.


Yann Vitasse painted the buds of saplings for an experiment on leaf emergence in spring. He explains why in the blog.


Das Swiss Polar Institute präsentiert ein neues Online-Lehrmittel: Die enthält Videos, Podcasts und Lesestoff über die Pole.


Over 1000 pages on the botanical diversity in the canton of Zurich. Edited by WSL researchers Thomas Wohlgemuth and Michael Nobis.