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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.


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Current edition Nr. 1/18: Cold!



Cool research

In SLF’s cold laboratory, researchers experiment with snow from all over the world. This sometimes tests the ability not only of

their instruments...

Cold research on “hot” material

Snow is a strange substance. From a physical point of view it is not at all cold – it is hot. Its changeability keeps not only snow physicists and...


WSL’s director Konrad Steffen and the ambassador Stefan Flückiger discuss climate refugees, the Arctic Council, and the race for raw materials.

How plants adapted to cold react to climate change

Mountain and tundra plants are particularly severely affected by climate warming. Researchers

at WSL are studying how the vegetation is changing.

‘Switzerland’s Siberia’ stays cold despite climate change

Ice-cold nights occur in La Brévine just as frequently today as they used to – despite climate change.


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