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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.


Nearly 200 observers throughout Switzerland send snow and avalanche reports to the SLF. This week we are introducing you to six of them.


Heavy snowfall is predicted for the southern flank of the Alps and the Engadine. The avalanche bulletin appears again with the interactive hazard map.


We celebrate the anniversary in December with a series of news items. Find out here, for example, how the avalanche bulletin is produced.


Why do we investigate extreme events? In order to find ways of dealing with what in future may be normal. Find out more in a DIAGONAL interview.


Thanks to research, monitoring and warning systems, people are better protected from rock falls today. Read more about it in a new DIAGONAL article.


The new DIAGONAL is anything but normal! Read about our research on huge landslides, bone-dry summers and plants as survival artists.


The "Polarstern" is back from the Arctic. Ruzica Dadic reports on the challenges the team faced until the very end.


Data from Glacier Monitoring in Switzerland (GLAMOS) shows: the volume of Swiss glaciers has continued to decline in summer 2020.


The initial results of an Innosuisse project are now available as a WSL report.


Floods, landslides and debris flows caused some CHF 85 million of damage and resulted in five fatalities in 2019.


Leg 3 of MOSAiC takes 3 months longer than planned. The WSL remote sensing installation threatened by ice crack finally allows good data collection.


Burnt beech forests provide less protection against natural hazards than intact woods. A new WSL Fact Sheet describes the fire and vegetation dynamics. [in german]


The Summer School FORMON for PhD, postdocs and master students will take place in Davos from 23 to 29 August. Apply by May 1st.


20 years ago, hurricane Lothar caused tremendous damage. Meanwhile, more robust, species-rich forests have regrown in many places.


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


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


The Federal Council has elected Michael Hengartner, Rector of the University of Zurich, as President of the ETH Board.