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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: No. 2 | 20 No sticking to the mean: Why we research extremes

The diagonal was created in this edition as PDF with interactive links for navigation.


Articles in the focus

Beyond our realm of experience

Extreme events are rare, but can have serious consequences for humans. Two WSL researchers discuss what ‘extreme’ actually means and why it is...

When the mountainside thunders down to the valley

Devastating landslides also occur in Switzerland. Thanks to research, monitoring and warning systems, people are better protected today, although a...

Uncomfortable places to live preferred

Whether buried in gravel, frozen to the core, or constantly windblown, some living organisms can colonise the most extreme habitats. How do they cope...

Forest under stress

How does a summer without rain affect the forest? Since the 2018 drought, a WSL research initiative has been addressing such questions – and...