Artificial system to freeze lake

St Moritz, 01 April 2016

The effects of global warning are having a dramatic effect on the world's climate. These include changes in the timing of seasonal events & in agricultural productivity, and particularly noticeable in Switzerland, glacier retreat.
The effects are very noticeable in the alpine regions. For instance in St Moritz, where the changes are having a negative effect on winter tourism and winter sports.
For the last three years events on the St Moritz lake have been jeopordised because the ice has been insufficient to support the infrastructure for competitions such as White Turf, Polo and Cricket on Ice.

Refrigeration coils to be installed at the bottom of the lake
Refrigeration coils to be installed at the bottom of the lake

But this is set to change. The tourst office, St Mortz Tourismus, and SeeInfra, the organisation responible for the lake, are considering installing freezer units at the bottom of the lake that can be activated in the winter months to ensure the temperatures are sufficiently cold to assist the freezing of the surface.
Beginning on 1st April, a survey of the lake is due to begin, as part of a fact-finding mission to evaluate the feasibility of a climate engineering project to artificially freeze the St Moritz Lake during the winter months and the possible negative effects on the environment such a project might have.

SeeInfra and St Moritz Tourismus were not available for comment on the April Feasability Of Observation Lake Study (FOOL). 

St Moritz Lake

Lake St. Moritz (German: St. Moritzersee, Romansh: Lej da San Murezzan) is a lake near St. Moritz, Switzerland. With a surface of 0.78 km², it is smaller than the main lakes of the Upper Engadin valley (Lake Sils, Lake Silvaplana).

The first ice cricket tournament took place on the frozen lake in 1988. English cricketer David Gower parked his rental car on the ice in January 1990; overnight it broke through the ice and sank.