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20.03.2017
Antarctic circumnavigation - End of the expedition

The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) reached Cape Town on Sunday, 19 March, completing its three-­month voyage around the great white continent. An EPFL and SLF researcher is leading one of the research projects.

 

10.03.2017
Antarctic research - First independent expedition

Two SLF researchers recently brought home initial results from the SLF's first independent expedition to the Antarctic.

 

08.03.2017
Full-scale avalanche experiment - Largest avalanche in 11 years

A successful full-scale avalanche experiment took place today at the SLF's Vallée de la Sionne avalanche test site in Valais (Arbaz district).

 

02.03.2017
Ice crystals - Orientation in the snowpack

How are crystals oriented in the snowpack? Answers are provided by studies undertaken in the Antarctic snowpack.

 

22.02.2017
Practice meets Science - International course

26 participants from 11 countries take part in the first international snow and avalanche course for safety officers, avalanche forecasters and consulting engineers.

 

16.02.2017
Winter tourims - Less snow, shorter ski season

A new study of the SLF shows bare Alpine slopes could be a much more common sight in the future.

 

06.02.2017
Mountain permafrost - Continued warming trend

Measurements carried out by SLF and its partners in the Swiss permafrost monitoring network (PERMOS) show: soil temperatures at 10 – 20 metres depth were higher than ever last year at many locations. In the long run, a steady warming of the permafrost is expected.

 

01.02.2017
Artificial snowmaking - How much water gets lost?

The SLF is examining how much of the water ejected by snow lances is not transformed into snow on the ground.

 

31.01.2017
Avalanche release - New model

A recently developed model describes the principal factors contributing to the release of a slab avalanche.

 

25.01.2017
Natural hazards - Fatalities have been falling since 1946

Since 1946, events associated with natural hazards have claimed more than 1,000 human lives. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) have now compiled a database of these fatalities to analyse the development of casualty figures over time.

 

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