WSL researchers awarded short film prize

09 February 2024 10:45

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Birmensdorf/Los Angeles - A film producer who previously completed a period of civil service at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) has shot a film about research into tree growth. The documentary was awarded a prize at a film festival in Los Angeles.

A film covering the research activities of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), based in the canton of Zurich, has emerged victorious in the category of Best Short Film at the Environmental Film and Screenplay Festival in Los Angeles, further details of which can be found in a press release.

The film was shot by Raul Pfammatter, who completed his civil service at the WSL, during research activities in the Lötschental in the canton of Valais. The film producer, who runs his own company, Almafilm, visited the researchers and the Lötschental for a few days during filming in order to gain “impressions of the landscape and of the people working on the growth monitoring project”.

The Dendrosciences group at WSL, which is headed up by Patrick Fonti, found ideal conditions in the Lötschental for studying tree growth at different altitudes. The region offers valuable tree ring material for various types of dendrochronological studies as well as being a perfect location to train young researchers. “The short film gives an insight into our work, at the same time showing the magnificence of the Lötschental. To promote it we submitted it to an international contest – and what a surprise, we won first prize in our category!”, comments Fonti in the press release.

The documentary film aimed to make the research visible to the public, the press release explains. Since 2007, the WSL has been studying the conifers in the Lötschental with the support of local authorities and communities. Measurement data on tree growth along an elevation gradient is currently being recorded in permanent observation areas. ce/heg

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