Fabien Maussion

Fabien Maussion, PhD

Assistant Professor
Ice and Climate


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  Room 60811   fabienmaussion.info

Research Interests

  • Climate – Cryosphere interactions
  • Precipitation dynamics and variability
  • Tibetan Plateau – High Asia – Tropical Andes
  • Dynamical and statistical downscaling
  • Atmospheric modelling with WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting model)
  • Scientific programming, Open Source, Open Science
  • Meteorological and glaciological field work (Tibetan Plateau, Peru, Svalbard)



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Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Eis, Julia; Maussion, Fabien; Marzeion, Ben (2019): Initialization of a global glacier model based on present-day glacier geometry and past climate information: an ensemble approach.
    In: The Cryosphere 13/12, pp. 3317 - 3335. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Farinotti, D.; Huss, M.; Fürst, J. J.; Landmann, J.; Machguth, H.; Maussion, F.; Pandit, A. (2019): A consensus estimate for the ice thickness distribution of all glaciers on Earth.
    In: Nature Geoscience 12/3, pp. 168 - 173. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Horak, J.; Hofer, M.; Maussion, F.; Gutmann, E.; Gohm, A.; Rotach, M. W.: (2019): Assessing the added value of the Intermediate Complexity Atmospheric Research (ICAR) model for precipitation in complex topography.
    In: Hydrology And Earth System Sciences 23, pp. 2715 - 2734. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Maussion, F.; Butenko, A.; Eis, J.; Fourteau, K.; Jarosch, A. H.; Landmann, J.; Oesterle, F.; Recinos, B.; Rothenpieler, T.; Vlug, A.; Wild, C. T.; Marzeion, B.: (2019): The Open Global Glacier Model (OGGM) v1.1.
    In: Geoscientific Model Development 12/3, pp. 909 - 931. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Recinos, B.; Maussion, F.; Rothenpieler, T.; Marzeion, B. (2019): Impact of frontal ablation on the ice thickness estimation of marine-terminating glaciers in Alaska.
    In: The Cryosphere 13, pp. 2657 - 2672. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Zemp, M.; Huss, M.; Thibert, E.; Eckert, N.; McNabb, R.; Huber, J.; Barandun, M.; Machguth, H.; Nussbaumer, S. U.; Gärtner-Roer, I.; Thomson, L.; Paul, F.; Maussion, F.; Kutuzov, S.; Cogley, J. G. (2019): Global glacier mass changes and their contributions to sea-level rise from 1961 to 2016.
    In: Nature 568/7752, pp. 382 - 386. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Zolles, T.; Maussion, F.; Galos, S. P.; Gurgiser, W.; Nicholson, L. (2019): Robust uncertainty assessment of the spatio-temporal transferability of glacier mass and energy balance models.
    In: The Cryosphere 13, pp. 469 - 489. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Goosse, H.; Barriat, P.-Y.; Dalaiden, Q.; Klein, F.; Marzeion, B.; Maussion, F.; Pelucchi, P.; Vlug, A. (2018): Testing the consistency between changes in simulated climate and Alpine glacier length over the past millennium.
    In: Climate of the Past 14, pp. 1119 - 1133. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Marzeion, Ben; Kaser, Georg; Maussion, Fabien; Champollion, Nicolas (2018): Limited influence of climate change mitigation on short-term glacier mass loss.
    In: Nature Climate Change 8, pp. 305 - 308. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Strasser, U.; Marke, T.; Braun, L.; Escher-Vetter, H.; Juen, I.; Kuhn, M.; Maussion, F.; Mayer, C.; Nicholson, L.; Niedertscheider, K.; Sailer, R.; Stötter, J.; Weber, M.; Kaser, G. (2018): The Rofental: a high Alpine research basin (1890 m – 3770 m a.s.l.) in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) with over 150 years of hydro-meteorological and glaciological observations.
    In: Earth System Science Data 10/1, pp. 151 - 171. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Farinotti, D.; Brinkerhoff, D.; Clarke, G. K. C.; Fürst, J. J.; Frey, H.; Gantayat, P.; Gillet-Chaulet, F.; Girard, C.; Huss, M.; Leclercq, P. W.; Linsbauer, A.; Machguth, H.; Martin, C.; Maussion, F. et al. (2017): How accurate are estimates of glacier ice thickness? Results from ITMIX, the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment.
    In: The Cryosphere 11, pp. 949 - 970. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Galos, S. P.; Klug, C.; Maussion, F.; Covi, F.; Nicholson, L.; Rieg, L.; Gurgiser, W.; Mölg, T.; Kaser, G. (2017): Reanalysis of a 10-year record (2004–2013) of seasonal mass balances at Langenferner/Vedretta Lunga, Ortler Alps, Italy.
    In: The Cryosphere 11/3, pp. 1417 - 1439. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Mölg, T.; Maussion, F.; Collier, E.; Chiang, J. C. H.; Scherer, D. (2017): Prominent Midlatitude Circulation Signature in High Asia's Surface Climate During Monsoon.
    In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 122/23, pp. 12702 - 12712. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Biskop, S.; Maussion, F.; Krause, P.; Fink, M. (2016): Differences in the water-balance components of four lakes in the southern-central Tibetan Plateau.
    In: Hydrology And Earth System Sciences 20/1, pp. 209 - 225. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Otto, M.; Höpfner, C.; Curio, J.; Maussion, F.; Scherer, D. (2016): Assessing vegetation response to precipitation in northwest Morocco during the last decade: an application of MODIS NDVI and high resolution reanalysis data.
    In: Theoretical And Applied Climatology 123/1-2, pp. 23 - 41. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Spiess, M.; Schneider, C.; Maussion, F. (2016): MODIS-derived interannual variability of the equilibrium-line altitude across the Tibetan Plateau.
    In: Annals of Glaciology 57/71, pp. 140 - 154. (DOI)

  • Collier, E.; Maussion, F.; Nicholson, L. I.; Mölg, T.; Immerzeel, W. W.; Bush, A. B. G. (2015): Impact of debris cover on glacier ablation and atmosphere–glacier feedbacks in the Karakoram.
    In: The Cryosphere 9, pp. 1617 - 1632. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Curio, J.; Maussion, F.; Scherer, D. (2015): A 12-year high-resolution climatology of atmospheric water transport over the Tibetan Plateau.
    In: Earth System Dynamics 6/1, pp. 109 - 124. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Huintjes, E.; Sauter, T.; Schröter, B.; Maussion, F.; Yang, W.; Kropacek, J.; Buchroithner, M.; Scherer, D.; Kang, S.; Schneider, C. (2015): Evaluation of a coupled snow and energy balance model for Zhadang glacier, Tibetan Plateau, using glaciological measurements and time-lapse photography.
    In: Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 47/3, pp. 573 - 590. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Maussion, F.; Gurgiser, W.; Großhauser, M.; Kaser, G.; Marzeion, B. (2015): ENSO influence on surface energy and mass balance at Shallap Glacier, Cordillera Blanca, Peru.
    In: The Cryosphere 9/4, pp. 1663 - 1683. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Spieß, M.; Maussion, F.; Moller, M.; Scherer, D.; Schneider, C. (2015): MODIS Derived Equilibrium Line Altitude Estimates for Purogangri Ice Cap, Tibetan Plateau, and their Relation to Climatic Predictors (2001–2012.
    In: Geografiska Annaler Series A-Physical Geography 97/3, pp. 599 - 614. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Zhu, M.; Yao, T.; Yang, W.; Maussion, F.; Huintjes, E.; Li, S. (2015): Energy- and mass-balance comparison between Zhadang and Parlung No. 4 glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau.
    In: Journal of Glaciology 61/227, pp. 595 - 607. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Collier, E.; Nicholson, L. I.; Brock, B. W; Maussion, F.; Essery, R.; Bush, A. B. G. (2014): Representing moisture fluxes and phase changes in glacier debris cover using a reservoir approach.
    In: The Cryosphere 8/4, pp. 1429 - 1444. (DOI)

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