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  • Piano Provenzana

    Can trees predict volcanic eruptions?

    Trees near a fissure through which a magma eruption will later occur use water and carbon from the depths of the volcano. And they accelerate their growth during this phase. An international research team led by Markus Egli and Paolo Cherubini (WSL) was able to prove this by analysing the annual rings and with the help of infrared satellite images on Mount Etna in Sicily.

  • Trees as witnesses of time

    Trees as witnesses of time

    Trees can deposit pollutants in their tissues over decades and centuries, becoming witnesses to environ­mental pollution. In an interview with RSI, Paula Ballikaya and Paolo Cherubini explain what dendro­chrono­logy tells us about the environ­ment and human history.

  • berner seeland

    #61: Berner Seeland - quo vadis?

    Das Berner Seeland ist die «Gemüse­kammer» der Schweiz. Die Moor­böden, das Wasser­management und die land­wirtschaftliche Nutzung stehen jedoch im Spannungs­feld zwischen Produktivität und Nach­haltig­keit.

  • seespiegelstände

    #55: Schlacht am Morgarten 1315: Wie sah die Landschaft damals aus?

    Die Schlacht wurde angeblich entscheidend von der Landschaft geprägt. Doch wie sah es rund um den Ägerisee damals aus? Ein integratives Projekt von Geographie-Studierenden ging im Jahr 2014 dieser Frage nach.

  • Eis am Stiel

    Ice on a stick in soil research

    Fertile soils are one of the foundations of life on earth. According to the United Nations, one third has already been lost. Researchers at the Department of Geography have now used a new method to decipher the temporal variations in soil erosion and regeneration over the last 100,000 years in the Sila highlands of southern Italy.