Fabien Maussion

Fabien Maussion, PhD

Associate Professor
Ice and Climate


  +43 512 507-54411

  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)
  • Li, F.; Maussion, F.; Wu, G.; Chen, W.; Yu, Z.; Li, Y.; Liu, G. (online first): Influence of glacier inventories on ice thickness estimates and future glacier change projections in the Tian Shan range, Central Asia.
    In: Journal of Glaciology. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Windnagel, A.; Hock, R.; Maussion, F.; Paul, F.; Rastner, P.; Raup, B.; Zemp, M. (Early View): Which glaciers are the largest in the world?
    In: Journal of Glaciology. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Furian, W.; Maussion, F; Schneider, C. (2022): Projected 21st-Century Glacial Lake Evolution in High Mountain Asia.
    In: Frontiers in Earth Science 10, Nr. 821798. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Gangadharan, N.; Goosse, H.; Parkes, D.; Goelzer, H.; Maussion, F.; Marzeion, B. (2022): Process-based estimate of global-mean sea-level changes in the Common Era.
    In: Earth System Dynamics 13/4, pp. 1417 - 1435. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Hänchen, L.; Klein, C.; Maussion, F.; Gurgiser, W.; Calanca, P.; Wohlfahrt, G. (2022): Widespread greening suggests increased dry-season plant water availability in the Rio Santa valley, Peruvian Andes.
    In: Earth System Dynamics 13/1, pp. 595 - 611. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Edwards, T. L; Nowicki, S.; Marzeion, B.; ..., ...; Maussion, F.; ..., ...; Zwinger, T. (2021): Projected land ice contributions to twenty-first-century sea level rise.
    In: Nature 593/7857, pp. 74 - 82. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Eis, J.; van der Laan, L.; Maussion, F.; Marzeion, B. (2021): Reconstruction of Past Glacier Changes with an Ice-Flow Glacier Model: Proof of Concept and Validation.
    In: Frontiers in Earth Science 9, No. 595755. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Recinos, B.; Maussion, F.; Noël, B.; Möller, M.; Marzeion, B. (2021): Calibration of a frontal ablation parameterization applied to Greenland’s peripheral calving glaciers.
    In: Journal of Glaciology 67/266, pp. 1177 - 1189. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Rounce, D. R.; Hock, R.; McNabb, R. W.; Millan, R.; Sommer, C.; Braun, M. H.; Malz, P.; Maussion, F.; Mauginot, J.; Seehaus, T.C.; Shean, D.E. (2021): Distributed global debris thickness estimates reveal debris significantly impacts glacier mass balance.
    In: Geophysical Research Letters 48/8, Nr. e2020GL091311. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Schuster, L.; Maussion, F.; Langhamer, L.; Moseley, G. E. (2021): Lagrangian detection of precipitation moisture sources for an arid region in northeast Greenland: relations to the North Atlantic Oscillation, sea ice cover, and temporal trends from 1979 to 2017.
    In: Weather and Climate Dynamics 2/1, pp. 1 - 17. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Marzeion, B.; Hock, R.; Anderson, B.; Bliss, A.; Champollion, N.; Fujita, K.; Huss, M.; Immerzeel, W.; Kraaijenbrink, P.; Malles, J.; Maussion, F.; Radić, V.; Rounce, D. R.; Sakai, A.; Shannon, S.; Wal, R.; Zekollari, H. (2020): Partitioning the Uncertainty of Ensemble Projections of Global Glacier Mass Change.
    In: Earths Future 8/7, No. e2019EF001470. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Pelto, B. M.; Maussion, F.; Menounos, B.; Radić, V.; Zeuner, M. (2020): Bias-corrected estimates of glacier thickness in the Columbia River Basin, Canada.
    In: Journal of Glaciology 66/260, pp. 1051 - 1063. (DOI) (Web link)

  • 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)

Journal Article (Review)
  • Azam, M. F.; Kargel, J. S.; Shea, J. M.; Nepal, S.; Haritashya, U. K.; Srivastava, S.; Maussion, F.; Qazi, N.; Chevallier, P.; Dimri, A. P.; Kulkarni, A. V.; Cogley, J. G; Bahuguna, I. M. (2021): Glaciohydrology of the Himalaya-Karakoram.
    In: Science 373/6557, No. eabf3668. (DOI) (Web link)

Journal Article (Meeting-Abstract)
  • Dusch, M.; Nicolussi, K.; Maussion, F. (2020): Calibrating a regional glacier model using post-LIA glacier length changes in the Alps.
    In: Geophysical Research Abstracts. EGU General Assembly 2020, EGU2020-9589. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Nicolussi, K.; Dusch, M.; Drescher-Schneider, R.; Kellerer-Pirklbauer, A.; Maussion, F. (2020): Always delayed? Holocene and current evolution of Pasterze Glacier, Austria.
    In: Geophysical Research Abstracts. EGU General Assembly 2020, EGU2020-9317. (DOI) (Web link)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Nicolussi, K.; Drescher-Schneider, R.; Dusch, M.; Le Roy, M.; Maussion, F.; Schlüchter, C.; Steiner, H. (2018): Following the retreating ice – new results on Holocene glacier variability in the Alps.
    In: 10th World Dendro Conference. Abstracts. 10.-15. Juni 2018, Thimphu, Bhutan. Cambridge: University of Cambridge., p. 39. (Web link)

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