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Snow Science School - Apply now

A field-based training course for snow scientists on state-of-the-arte snow measurement techniques will take place at Col du Lautaret, France from 11 to 17 February 2018. Applications are now possible.


Rock fall in high alpine regions - Background to their occurrence

The destabilisation of rock faces is the result of a long process that may last many thousands of years. A special 'dossier' article summarises the factors involved and the role of permafrost and global warming.


Conference Polar2018 - Call for Abstracts

SLF and WSL are organizing POLAR2018, which will take place in Davos, Switzerland from 15 - 26 June 2018. The goal of the conference is to bring together research from both poles as well as from high elevation areas. Abstracts can be submitted now. Further information


Winter 2016/17 - Annual report online

The annual snow and avalanche report 2016/17 (october 2016 - may 2017) is available online in German. It offers comprehensive information on weather, snowpack, avalanche danger and avalanche activity during the last winter (in German or French). More


Avalanche accidents in summer - Even small snowslides can have fatal consequences

It may be summer, but avalanches still pose a very real threat in some parts of the Swiss Alps. To prevent accidents, a few rules should therefore be followed when hiking or climbing in the mountains.


Avalanche Forecasters Consultation - Coordination within Europe

The avalanche warning services operating in Europe have undertaken to develop common standards for their activities. Their General Assembly recently adopted a resolution to revise the designations of avalanche sizes.


Settling of snow - How does snow metamorphism influence settling?

Why do different types of snow settle at different rates? Lab experiments show that settling depends on the snow structure.


Landslides - Biodiversity offers protection

Landslides repeatedly cause major damage in Switzerland. A report by the WSL produced within the framework of the National Research Programme "Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource" (NRP 68) describes how soil stability can be improved long-term with relatively little input.


Rock fall in the mountains - Online form

In the context of our research we are collecting information on rock fall in permafrost areas. If you observe rock fall in the mountains, we would be grateful for your feedback using our online form.


Severe weather 2016 - Significant damage on the north side of the Alps

Severe weather events in Switzerland gave rise to property damage of about CHF 100 million in 2016. This was revealed by the annual analysis of the national storm damage database maintained by WSL.


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