The dendrolab.ch was founded by Prof. Dr. Markus Stoffel in July 2000 at the Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg (Switzerland). From January 2009 to December 2016, the dendrolab.ch was hosted at the Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern. Since then, the dendrolab.ch is affiliated to the Climate Change Impacts and Risks in the Anthropocene (C-CIA) team and the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva.
The dendrolab.ch is one of the major tree-ring labs in Europe and the largest facility worldwide with a focus on the reconstruction of past geomorphic process activity and wood anatomy.
The success story of the dendrolab.ch started with fundamental and applied research on various geomorphic and geological processes including debris flows, floods, rockfall, snow avalanches, landslides, erosion, or volcanic activity. Initially, research activities focused on the European Alps, the Spanish Central System, Carpathians, Mexican Volcanic Belt and the Patagonian Andes, but work has since expanded to the Himalayas, the Tien Shan, Far East Siberia (Kamchatka Peninsula), United States and the Arctic.
In addition to the geographic expansion of work, members of the dendrolab.ch have also started to undertake fundamental and applied tree-ring research on fire, plant ecology, hydrology, glaciology and climatology.
Specifically, we aim at:
- Compiling fundamentals on the spatial and temporal occurrence of different hazardous processes,
- Developing advisory opinions on natural hazard processes and related hazards and risks for international, federal, cantonal and local authorities as well as for private persons.
- Guiding user-oriented topics for Bachelor and Master Thesis for enthusiastic and motivated students in the field of geosciences, forest sciences, environmental sciences and botany.
- Cooperating with national and international teams of researchers and deal with questions related to natural hazard, protection forest and climate change research.