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Warmer climate

Fungi are sensitive

25.09.2017 - Climate warming will change the composition of the fungal community in the soil, especially in colder locations, like at the tree line. More

Snow Science School

12.09.2017 - A field-based training course for snow scientists on state-of-the-art snow measurement techniques will take place at Col du Lautaret, France from 11 to 17 February 2018. Applications are now possible. More

Conference Polar2018

01.09.2017 - 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. 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

Rock fall in high alpine regions

Background to their occurrence

11.09.2017 - 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. More

Avalanche accidents in summer

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