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Winter 2015/16

Annual report online

23.08.2016 - The preliminary annual snow and avalanche report 2015/16 is available online in German and French. It offers comprehensive information on weather, snowpack, avalanche danger and avalanche activity during the last winter. More

Snow gliding

08.08.2016 - The new SLF report “Ausscheiden von Schneegleiten und Schneedruck in Gefahrenkarten” demonstrates how the risk for snow gliding can be assessed and depicted in an avalanche hazard map. More

WSL glaciologist

15.07.2016 - The ETH Board has appointed Dr Daniel Farinotti from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL as Tenure Track Assistant Professor. Daniel Farinotti will head a glaciology group at ETH Zurich and WSL. More

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Snow information

Avalanche bulletin

In the summer and autumn, avalanche bulletins are published only in the event of heavy snowfall. You can be notified of their publication by way of the SMS service or RSS feeds.


Tea time on mountain summits

Improving knowledge of decomposition processes in mountain soils

05.08.2016 - SLF researchers are not drinking tea for scientific purposes, but burying it in the ground. Within the framework of an international project, scientists are investigating how tea decomposes in mountain soils. Their aim is to improve our understanding of the CO2 cycle. More

How Avalanches Form

04.07.2016 - In the laboratory, researchers are investigating the process which causes snow to fracture. They are endeavoring to establish whether acoustic signals could serve as an early warning. More

Automated weather stations

01.06.2016 - Weather stations measure not only snow and wind, they also make it possible to record plant growth. The SLF is using data captured by the stations to investigate how alpine plants have reacted to climate warming in recent years. More