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Snow Science School

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15.09.2016 - The 3rd Snow Science Winter School focuses on advanced measuring techniques and takes place from February 12 to 18 in Sodankylä, Finland More

Graubünden forscht

08.09.2016 - On the 14th and 15th of September young (SLF-)scientists will be presenting their current scientific work in Davos. Prizes for the best presentations will be awarded at the end of the two-day event. The conference is open to the public. More

Cable cars and avalanches

31.08.2016 - The guideline for “Lawinen- und Schneedruckgefährdung bei Seilbahnen”, which was developed in cooperation of SLF and the Federal Office of Transport is now available in French. 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.

Research

Snowpack stability

Patterns and their causes

08.09.2016 - For the very first time, scientists have been able to causally link patterns of snowpack characteristic variations to certain weather scenarios. Their findings could pave the way for forecasts which not only specify the general avalanche danger level, but reflect local variations as well. More

Tea time on mountain summits

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