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Switzerland Measures Snow Loss

Switzerland is one of the first countries to measure the amount of snow cover it is losing, year-on-year, due to global warming, and publish the results.

A new study carried out by the University of Geneva and the United Nations GRID-Geneva environmental data centre and based on analysis of satellite images shows how much snow cover Switzerland has lost in the last 20 years.

The study, based on satellite images, found that 36% of the country was “snow free” between 1995 and 2005 but that that area jumped to 44% in the period from 2005 to 2017.

This represent an area of 5,200 square kilometres or a Swiss canton about the size of Valais.

The study also found that the area of the country with permanent snow cover decreased from 27 percent to 23 percent over the same period.
The picture is likely to be similar in other Alpine nations, they just haven’t measured or published the result of studies in the same way as yet.

Patrick Thorne, also known as the Snow Hunter, is an industry expert in all technical developments in snow sports. In addition to his work Patrick is also father and knows the importance and fun of kids on snow.