Switzerland’s WSL-SLF taking part in the 50-th anniversary of NIED Ceremony
During the celebration of the 50-year anniversary of Japan’s National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), Snow and Ice Research Center, Switzerland’s Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) of the Swiss Federal Institute of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape (WSL) joined with a group of researchers headed by its Director, Dr. Juerg Schweizer.
The two national institutes can already look back on more than ten years of successful collaboration with many joint publications; this year in July, a comprehensive research cooperation agreement was signed between the two organizations (see previous blog entry). The collaboration is related mainly to the improvement of the Snow and Avalanche Simulation software package “Snowpack”
During the opening day of the 2-day workshop, after the speech of the President of NIED, Dr. Yoshimitsu Okada, the director of SLF, Dr. Juerg Schweizer presented his research institute. This was followed by the presentation of Dr. Larry Hinzman, Director of the International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks whose presentation was accompanied by photos displaying the beauty of Alaska. The Embassy gave a brief presentation on the 150 year anniversary as well as on the long-standing connection between Nagaoka and Romainmotier-Envy.
The following captivating presentations by the Mayor of Nagaoka, Mr. Tamio Mori, and the President of the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice, Dr. Masayoshi Nakawo, discussed the history of snow and ice disaster prevention.
National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED)
National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), Snow and Ice Research Center, Memorial Lectures of 50th Anniversary