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SLF researchers experience a lot in the course of the work they do in the office, lab and especially out in the field. In the 'Logbook' blog they will post sporadic reports on these experiences.


Sometimes SLF and WSL researchers and technicians plan exciting experiments and expeditions in a bid to obtain new findings. Examples include collecting snow samples in the Antarctic, gathering driftwood in Greenland, transferring soil with all the plants growing in it from a mountainside down into a valley to simulate climate change, or filming large concrete boulders deliberately set rolling downhill. While we publish the results of this work online, in our magazine DIAGONAL and in scientific publications, up to now friends and relatives were the only people to share researchers' experiences.

In the 'Logbook' blog, speaking from their own personal perspective, researchers will say what they experienced during their experiments near or far, talking about anything from difficulties with their sophisticated electronics or the food on offer at the Antarctic research station. These blog posts are not scientific per se, but help to cast light on what research entails: creativity, passion, patience and massive effort.

Blog posts reflect the personal opinions of their authors.


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The second leg of the MOSAiC expedition is drawing to a close: important measurements have been taken and the light is slowly returning. Read more in the blog.



How to stop an arctic fox from chewing on cables and why you are never alone on an expedition can be read in the new blog post.


Christmas and New Year made a welcome change for the scientists on board the research vessel Polarstern. Read more about this in the blog.


SLF researcher Yves Bühler spends an icy night in a tent to measure snow on a glacier. Read his blog entry for more details.


Researchers on the MOSAiC expedition are grappling with a number of challenges, including damage caused by a storm. But the work goes on.


SLF researcher David Wagner reports on how the MOSAiC expedition team have found a suitable ice floe for their stay in the Arctic Ocean.


How do you get 150 kg of measuring equipment up to a high altitude test site? Geophysicist Jacopo Boaga tells you about it in his blog post.


SLF researcher Yves Bühler is fascinated by New Zealand's natural environment – especially its spectacular avalanches. Read more in the blog.


In his blog post, SLF botanist Christian Rixen explains how he reached the Samoylov research station despite his luggage being lost.


Golden beaches and unheated student accommodation: SLF researcher Yves Bühler reports on his research trip to New Zealand in our blog.