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Twice a year (every June and November) our free magazine, DIAGONAL, reports in English, French and German on WSL's latest research findings and on its work. Besides providing specific information on our given topics forest, landscape, biodiversity, natural hazards and snow and ice, each edition of the magazine focuses on a specific core research topic.


Current edition Nr. 2/18: Networks: Because working together is better


Focus WSL magazine Diagonal, 2/18: Everything is interconnected – and not only since the Internet has been around. Researchers at WSL don’t just study how natural networks function and how they can be restored after an intervention. They themselves also benefit from a diverse variety of networks, with networks of computers, of instruments and of researchers making their work easier.



Without grazing animals, diversity decreases

All living organisms in an ecosystem are connected. Researchers at WSL are investigating in grasslands why such networks get out of equilibrium when...

Herbivores in grasslands influence what lives belowground

Complex relationships connect the living organisms in grassland with each other.

Davos, Antarctica and Kilimanjaro: moni­toring snow worldwide

In order to be able to study glaciers, snow and permafrost worldwide better, researchers have formed networks and linked monitoring stations.

Detecting forest damage early

Arthur Gessler is convinced that monitoring the health of the forest over the long term is worthwhile. In this interview, the WSL researcher talks...

Fungi provide the social network for forest trees

Fungi build a network in the soil that forest trees use to transfer nutrients and information.

Researchers are trying to decode the ‘chats’ taking...


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