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Placing white tarpaulins over glaciers temporarily reduces ice melt, but because of the costs this is only viable for small areas.



In a difficult year, WSL launched major interdisciplinary initiatives with partner organizations and published more than ever.


"Forest Functioning under Air Pollution and Climate Change", August 2021 in Davos: enrollment open for PhD, Postdocs and MSc in their last year.


Evaluation of measured data collected throughout the Alps reveals regional disparities in decline of snow cover.


In memory of the late WSL Director Koni Steffen, a symposium on cryosphere and climate will be held from 21-22 October 2021. Register now.


How will climate change affect the water situation in Switzerland? This question was the focus of the research programme Hydro-CH2018.


February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science! We asked WSL female researchers why they chose their profession.


Avalanche simulations provide a possible explanation for the mysterious death of nine ski hikers in the Ural Mountains 60 years ago.


The Swiss stone pine may be unable to adapt fast enough to climate change, a genetic study finds, and could become locally extinct.


Across six research groups, the CERC will investigate issues arising from climate change, extreme events and natural hazards in alpine regions.


Snowshoeing is becoming more and more popular, but the same rule applies as with other winter sports: beware of avalanches.


The SLF issued its first avalanche bulletin on 21 December 1945. Major changes and continuous improvements have been made over the years.


Who is behind the avalanche bulletin and what do avalanche forecasters do in summer? In the video interview, three of them give exciting insights.


The avalanche prevention portal now includes new functions, including the automatic recognition of potential cruxes.


Martin Ruggli is a mountain guide and SLF observer. He explains why it's crucial for people to stay alert whenever they're outdoors in the snow.


Paulon Massy has been an observer for the SLF for an incredible 47 years. He was once buried by an avalanche while working as a ranger.


Filippo Genucchi is an SLF observer and a safety officer for the Lukmanier Pass. He trusts in the quality of the avalanche warnings.


Jon-Andri Bisaz reports observations to the SLF from the Upper Engadine region. He also benefits from the role in his work as an avalanche consultant.


Ruth Moor-Huber from Gadmen is one of only a few women working as observers for the SLF. She tells us what she likes about the role.