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Avalanche Forecasters Consultation

Coordination within Europe

25.07.2017 - 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. More

Landslides

28.06.2017 - 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. More

Rock fall in the mountains

23.06.2017 - 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. More

Diagonal 2017/1    

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.

Research

Avalanche accidents in summer

Even small snowslides can have fatal consequences

10.08.2017 - 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. More

Settling of snow

17.07.2017 - Why do different types of snow settle at different rates? Lab experiments show that settling depends on the snow structure. More

Mountain forests of the Alps

15.05.2017 - An international research team have produced a synopsis of long-term change in the forests of the Alps. Their work shows that rising timber stock in mountain forests has increased the incidence of natural disturbances. More