WSL, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research

WSL, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research

WSL, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research   link
Location: Davos
Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf

Category: Environment, Physics

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSL focusses on the use and protection of landscapes and habitats. Being a part of the ETH domain, the particular function of the research institute is to act as a bridge between pure theoretical science and the practical implementation of scientific findings. WSL research aims at finding ways to sustainably manage landscapes and forests for maximum benefit to people’s quality of life and to handle the natural hazards that typically occur in mountainous countries in the best possible ways for maximum protection at affordable costs. WSL research maintains an international top position and provides the fundamental knowledge for sustainable environmental policies in Switzerland.

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Environment - Feb 15
Environment

Forests are under pressure and rapidly changing. In order to be able to react to these changes, forest monitoring is of crucial importance. The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL launched an initiative (SwissAIM) to improve forest monitoring. A new study sheds light on why the initiative is needed. Lead author and WSL scientist Marco Ferretti explains the initiative and why it is important.

The "SCNAT knowledge" web portal provides guidance. The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and its network report the state of knowledge, based on sound scientific findings and in regards to Switzerland - for the attention of politics, administration, business, science and practice.

It abseils down from a height and swings around obstacles: Robot Avocado will one day maneuver through the canopy of the rainforest and collect data for researchers about this difficult-to-access habitat.

Environment - History

Ozone causes visible damage to the foliage of European deciduous trees, as shown by a large-scale study led by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL. The researchers found that some plants under certain environmental condition react particularly sensitively to ozone, which is toxic at ground level. Such plants are therefore well-suited as an early warning system.

Environment - Life Sciences

Genetic diversity plays a critical role in enabling species to adapt to climate change.

Health - Environment

Five years ago, the bacterial complex disease acute oak dieback was also discovered in Switzerland. In 2023, a new root disease was also discovered on oaks, as reported by Forest Protection Switzerland in the new Forest Protection News . It is particularly worrying when both diseases affect oaks at the same time

Environment - Agronomy

More droughts in summer and autumn - combined, paradoxically, with an increased risk of flooding - and, in the long term, less snow in winter. Climate change is altering the Earth's water balance.

Environment - Dec 4, 2023
Environment

Climate change is having an impact on avalanche activity. Wet snow avalanches can be expected earlier and more frequently, while instabilities in dry snowpack are becoming less common. Unexpected changes in the weather, such as rain in midwinter, will continue to make the work of avalanche warning services and rescue workers challenging, not only in open terrain but also in ski resorts.

Environment - Dec 1, 2023
Environment

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL Climate change will significantly alter the Swiss forests.

Environment - Earth Sciences

Madagascar is home to over 11,000 plant species, 80 percent of which are found nowhere else on Earth. A recent study by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and ETH Zurich has put forward a new hypothesis for the underlying cause of Madagascar's rich plant biodiversity, which has been regarded as an unsolved mystery of natural history.

It abseils from a height and swings around obstacles: robot Avocado will one day manoeuvre through the canopy of the rainforest and collect data for researchers about this hard-to-reach habitat.

Environment - Innovation

The ETH Domain is presenting highlights from its current research to mark WEF 2024.

Environment - Jan 11
Environment

Using an interdisciplinary approach, SLF-researchers will investigate how climate change is heating Europe's rivers, thereby endangering fish stocks and electricity generation. The Swiss National Science Foundation is financing the project under an SNSF Starting Grant.

Environment - Dec 13, 2023
Environment

Glaciers in the Himalayas have been melting faster than in other places in Asia. Last October, WSL doctoral candidate Achille Jouberton from the HIMAL group of Francesca Pellicciotti joined a scientific expedition to study the fast-melting Trakarding-Trambau Glaciers, close to the Everest region. In the WSL logbook, he relates his experiences in eastern Nepal.

Environment - Dec 5, 2023
Environment

Permanently frozen ground, or permafrost, is becoming rarer on our planet. Climate change causes it to warm up and ultimately thaw. This makes it a good indicator for detecting climate change. At the same time, alpine hazards increase as the ground thaws, increasing the potential for slope instability.

Environment - Earth Sciences

With increasing temperatures, more heatwaves and less snowfall, glacier melt is accelerating. Whether we will still have water reserves in the form of frozen ice by 2100 depends heavily on efforts to contain the climate crisis.

Environment - Earth Sciences

SLF biologist Christian Rixen writes about his expedition to Greenland in the footsteps of historical botanists - and climate change.



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