Georg Kaser

Dr. Georg Kaser

Former Dean of the Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Ice and Climate


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Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests

  • Interaction between atmosphere and glaciers
  • Mass and energy fluxes on glaciers
  • Climate and glaciers
  • Alpine hydrology
  • Glaciology, climatology and hydrology in the Alps and in Low Latitude mountain regions as well as from a global perspective

Fellowships and Grants

  • Member of the FWF Board


A physically based regional mass balance approach for the glaciers of Vinschgau – glacier contribution to water availability

Climate-glacier relationship on Mount Kenya

Hintereisferner - an Open Air Laboratory

Mass Balance of Hintereisferner

Mass Balance of Kesselwandferner

Vulnerability to Water Scarcity and Glacier Fed Water Availability in the Tropical Callejón de Huaylas, Peru


Downscaling of Climate Variability: Towards an Impact Assessment for Glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Reconstruction and Projecting the Global Behaviour of Glaciers from 1850 - 2300


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Encyclopaedia, Scientific
  • Cogley, J.G.; Hock, R.; Rasmussen, L.A.; Arendt, A.A.; Bauder, A.; Braithwaite, R.J.; Jansson, P.; Kaser, G.; Möller, M.; Nicholson, L.; Zemp, M. (2011): Glossary of Glacier Mass Balance and Related Terms. Paris: UNESCO (= Technical Documents in Hydrology, 86). (Web link)

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Voordendag, A.; Goger, B.; Klug, C.; Prinz, R.; Rutzinger, M.; Kaser, G. (2022): The stability of a permanent terrestrial laser scanning system – a case study with hourly scans.
    In: The International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences XLIII-B2-20222, pp. 1093 - 1099. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Mölg, T.; Hardy, D. R.; Collier, E.; Kropač, E.; Schmid, C.; Cullen, N. J.; Kaser, G.; Prinz, R.; Winkler, M. (2020): Mesoscale atmospheric circulation controls of local meteorological elevation gradients on Kersten Glacier near Kilimanjaro summit.
    In: Earth System Dynamics 11/3, pp. 653 - 672. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Allison, Ian; Fierz, Charles; Hock, Regine; Mackintosh, Andrew; Kaser, Georg; Nussbaumer, Samuel U. (2019): IACS: past, present, and future of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences.
    In: History of Geo-and Space Sciences 10/1, pp. 97 - 107. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Klug, C.; Bollmann, E.; Galos, S. P.; Nicholson, L.; Prinz, R.; Rieg, L.; Sailer, R.; Stötter, J.; Kaser, G. (2018): Geodetic reanalysis of annual glaciological mass balances (2001–2011) of Hintereisferner, Austria.
    In: The Cryosphere 12/3, pp. 833 - 849. (Full-text) (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)

  • Prinz, R.; Heller, A.; Ladner, M.; Nicholson, L; Kaser, G. (2018): Mapping the Loss of Mt. Kenya’s Glaciers: An Example of the Challenges of Satellite Monitoring of Very Small Glaciers.
    In: Geosciences 8/5, No. 174. (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)

  • 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)

  • Gurgiser, W.; Juen, I.; Singer, K.; Neuburger, M.; Schauwecker, S.; Hofer, M.; Kaser, G. (2016): Comparing peasants' perceptions of precipitation change with precipitation records in the tropical Callejón de Huaylas, Peru.
    In: Earth System Dynamics 7/2, pp. 499 - 515. (DOI)

  • Kronenberg, Marlene; Schauwecker, Simone; Huggel, Christian; Salzmann, Nadine; Drenkhan, Fabian; Frey, Holger; Giraáldez, Claudia; Gurgiser, Wolfgang; Kaser, Georg; Juen, Irmgard et al. (2016): The Projected Precipitation Reduction over the Central Andes may Severely Affect Peruvian Glaciers and Hydropower Production.
    In: Energy Procedia 97, pp. 270 - 277. (Web link)

  • Prinz, R.; Nicholson, L. I.; Mölg, T.; Gurgiser, W.; Kaser, G. (2016): Climatic controls and climate proxy potential of Lewis Glacier, Mt Kenya.
    In: The Cryosphere 10/1, pp. 133 - 148. (DOI)

  • GALOS, S.; KLUG, C.; PRINZ, R.; RIEG, L.; DINALE, R.; SAILER, R.; KASER, G. (2015): Recent glacier changes and related contribution potential to river discharge in the Vinschau/Val Venosta, Italian Alps.
    In: Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria 38, pp. 143 - 154. (DOI)

  • 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)

  • Bahr, D. B.; Pfeffer, W. T.; Kaser, G. (2014): Glacier volume estimation as an ill-posed inversion.
    In: Journal of Glaciology 60/223, pp. 922 - 934. (DOI) (Web link)

  • PFEFFER, W. T.; ARENDT, A. A.; BLISS, A.; BOLCH, T.; COGLEY, J. G.; GARDNER, A. S.; HAGEN, J.-O.; HOCK, R.; KASER, G.; KIENHOLZ, C.; MILES, E. S.; MOHOLDT, G.; MÖLG, N.; PAUL, F.; RADIĆ, V.; RASTNER, P.; RAUP, B. H.; RICH, J.; SHARP, M. J. and t. R. Consortium (2014): The Randolph Glacier Inventory: a globally complete inventory of glaciers.
    In: Journal of Glaciology 60/221, pp. 537 - 552. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Cullen, N. J.; Sirguey, P.; Moelg, T.; Kaser, G.; Winkler, M.; Fitzsimons, S. J. (2013): A century of ice retreat on Kilimanjaro: the mapping reloaded.
    In: The Cryosphere 7/2, pp. 419 - 431. (DOI)

  • Gardner, A. S.; Moholdt, G.; Cogley, J. G.; Wouters, B.; Arendt, A. A.; Wahr, J.; Berthier, E.; Hock, R.; Pfeffer, W. T.; Kaser, G.; Ligtenberg, S. R. M.; Bolch, T.; Sharp, M. J.; Hagen, J. O.; v. d. Broeke, M. R.; Paul, F. (2013): A Reconciled Estimate of Glacier Contributions to Sea Level Rise: 2003 to 2009.
    In: Science 340/6134, pp. 852 - 857. (DOI)

  • Gurgiser, W.; Marzeion, B.; Nicholson, L.; Ortner, M.; Kaser, G. (2013): Modeling energy and mass balance of Shallap Glacier, Peru.
    In: The Cryosphere 7, pp. 1787 - 1802. (DOI)

  • Gurgiser, W.; Mölg, T.; Nicholson, L.; Kaser, G. (2013): Mass balance model parameter transferability on a tropical glacier.
    In: Journal of Glaciology 59/217, pp. 845 - 858. (DOI)

  • Mölg, T.; Cullen, N.J.; Hardy, D.; Kaser, G.; Nicholson, L.; Prinz, R.; Winkler, M. (2013): East African glacier loss and climate change: Corrections on the UNEP article "African without ice and snow".
    In: Environmental Development 6, pp. 1 - 6. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Nicholson, L.; Prinz, R.; Mölg, T.; Kaser, G. (2013): Micrometeorological conditions and surface mass and energy fluxes on Lewis glacier, Mt Kenya, in relation to other tropical glaciers.
    In: The Cryosphere 7, pp. 1205 - 1225. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Paal, P.; Brugger, H.; Kaser, G.; Putzer, G.; Tiefenthaler, W.; Wenzel, V. (2013): Surviving 6 days in a crevassa.
    In: Lancet 381/9865, p. 506. (DOI)

  • Painter, T.H.; Flanner, M.G.; Kaser, G.; Marzeion, B.; VanCuren, R.A.; Abdalati, W. (2013): End of the Little Ice Age in the Alps forced by industrial black carbon.
    In: PNAS. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110/38, pp. 15216 - 15221. (DOI)

  • Diemberger, H.; Hastrup, K.; Schaffer, S.; Kennel, C. F.; Sneath, D.; Bravo, M.; Graf, H. F.; Hobbs, J.; Davis, J.; Nodari, M. L.; Vassena, G.; Irvine, R.; Evans, C.; Strathern, M.; Hulme, M.; Kaser, G.; Bodenhorn, B (2012): Communicating Climate Knowledge. Proxies, Processes, Politics.
    In: Current Anthropology 53/2, pp. 226 - 244. (DOI)

  • Marzeion, B.; Hofer, M.; Jarosch, A.H.; Kaser, G.; Mölg, T. (2012): A minimal model for reconstructing interannual mass balance variability of glaciers in the European Alps.
    In: The Cryosphere 6/1, pp. 71 - 84. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Prinz, R.; Nicholson, L.; Kaser, G. (2012): Variations of the Lewis Glacier, Mount Kenya, 2004-2012.
    In: Erdkunde 66/3, pp. 255 - 262. (DOI)

  • Mölg, T.; Kaser, G. (2011): A new approach to resolving climate-cryosphere relations: Downscaling climate dynamics to glacier-scale mass and energy balance without statistical scale linking.
    In: Journal of Geophysical Research 116, p. D16101. (DOI)

  • Prinz, R.; Fischer, A.; Nicholson, L.; Kaser, G. (2011): Seventy-six years of mean mass balance rates derived from recent and re-evaluated ice volume measurements on tropical Lewis Glacier, Mount Kenya.
    In: Geophysical Research Letters 38, p. L20502. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Kaser, G.; Großhauser, M.; Marzeion, B. (2010): Contribution potential of glaciers to water availability in different climate regimes.
    In: PNAS. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107, pp. 20223 - 20227. (DOI)

  • Kuhn, M.; Dreiseitl, E.; Hofinger, S.; Markl, G.; Span, N.; Kaser, G. (1999): Measurements And Models Of The Mass-Balance Of Hintereisferner.
    In: Geografiska Annaler Series A-Physical Geography 810, pp. 659 - 670. (Web link)

Journal Article (Review)
  • Bahr, D. B.; Pfeffer, W. T.; Kaser, G. (2015): A review of volume-area scaling of glaciers.
    In: Reviews of Geophysics 53/1, pp. 95 - 140. (DOI) (Web link)

Journal Article (Proceedings Paper)
  • Voordendag, A.B.; Goger, B.; Klug, C.; Prinz, R.; Rutzinger, M.; Kaser, G. (2021): Automated and permanent long-range terrestrial laser scanning in a high mountain environment: setup and first results.
    In: ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences V-2-2021, pp. 153 - 160. (DOI) (Web link)

Journal Article (Other)
  • Price, Martin F.; Gurgiser, Wolfgang; Juen, Irmgard; Adler, Carolina; Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Kaser, Georg; Mayr, Stefan; Bahn, Michael; Björnsen Gurung, Astrid; Dax, Thomas; Duglio, Stefano; Fischer, Jan-Thomas; Füreder, Leopold; Kurmayer, Rainer; Machold, Ingrid; Mailer, Markus; Marke, Thomas; Marzeion, Ben; McDowell, Graham Matthew; Meyer, Michael; Neuburger, Martina; Nicholson, Lindsey; Nicolussi, Kurt; Oedl-Wieser, Theresia; Peters, Mike; Richter, Kristin; Rotach, Mathias; Rüdisser, Johannes; Ruiz Peyré, Fernando; Rutzinger, Martin; Schermer, Markus; Schirpke, Ute; Schneiderbauer, Stefan; Steiger, Robert; Stotten, Rike; Szarzynski, Joerg; Tappeiner, Ulrike; Ueno, Kenichi; Wohlfahrt, Georg (2022): The International Mountain Conference, Innsbruck, Austria, September 2019 (IMC2019): A Synthesis with Recommendations for Research.
    In: Mountain Research And Development 42/1, pp. A1 - A16. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Mölg, T.; Rott, H.; Kaser, G; Fischer, A.; Cullen, N.J. (2006): Comment on "Recent glacial recession in the Rwenzori Mountains of East Africa due to rising air temperature" by R.G. Taylor, L. Mileham, C. Tindimugaya, A. Majugu, A. Muwanga and B. Nakileza.
    In: Geophysical Research Letters 33/20, p. L20404. (DOI) (Web link)

Journal Article (Meeting-Abstract)
  • Voordendag, A.; Goger, B.; Klug, C.; Prinz, R.; Rutzinger, M.; Kaser, G. (2022): Detection of snow cover dynamics with a long range permanent TLS system at Hintereisferner (Austria) – possibilities and limitations.
    In: Geophysical Research Abstracts. EGU General Assembly 2022, EGU22-4008. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Raparelli, E.; Fierz, C.; Kaser, G.; Löwe, H.; Obleitner, F. (2019): Snow metamorphism and densification-Comparison of measured, parametrised and modelled data.
    In: Geophysical Research Abstracts. EGU General Assembly 21, EGU2019-17480. (Web link)

  • Covi, Federico; Gohm, Alexander; Kaser, Georg (2016): Assessing potential reasons for different precipitation patterns on Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro.
    In: Geophysical Research Abstracts. EGU General Assembly 18, No. 3752. (Web link)

  • Prinz, R.; Nicholson, L.; Gurgiser, W.; Mölg, T.; Kaser, G. (2016): Climatic controls and climate proxy potential of Lewis Glacier, Mt Kenya.
    In: Geophysical Research Abstracts. EGU General Assembly 18, No. 4959. (Web link)

Book Chapter (Original Paper)
  • Mölg T.; Kaser G. (2021): Tropical Glaciers.
    In: Fowler, Andrew; Ng, Felix: Glaciers and Ice Sheets in the Climate System. The Karthaus Summer School Lecture Notes. Cham: Springer International Publishing (= Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment)., ISBN 978-3-030-42582-1, pp. 483 - 495. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Marzeion, Ben; Kaser, Georg (2014): Peak Water: An Unsustainable Increase in Water Availability From Melting Glaciers.
    In: Kohler, T.; Wehrli, A.; Jurek, M. eds.: Mountains and climate change: A global concern. Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Geographica Bernensia (= Sustainable Mountain Development Series)., ISBN 978-3-905835-38-0, pp. 47 - 50. (Web link)

  • Nachtnebel, H. P.; Dokulil, M.; Kuhn, M.; Loiskandl, W.; Sailer, R.; Schöner, W.; Blöschl, G.; Hanzer, F.; Herrnegger, M.; Kammerer, G.; Kaser, G.; Kellerer-Pirklbauer, A.; Krainer, K.; Lukas, A.; Marke, T.; Marzeion, B.; Merz, R.; Parajka, J.; Salinas, J.L.; Senoner, T.; Stötter, J.; Strasser, U.; Viglione, A. (2014): Der Einfluss des Klimawandels auf die Hydrosphäre.
    In: Kromp-Kolb, Helga; Nakicenovic, Nebojsa; Steininger, Karl; Gobiet, Andreas; Formayer, Herbert; Köppl, Angela; Prettenthaler, Franz; Stötter, Johann; Schneider, Jürgen; Austrian Panel on Climate Change: Österreichischer Sachstandsbericht Klimawandel 2014. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften., ISBN 978-3-7001-7699-2, Vol. 2, pp. 412 - 465. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Vaughan, D. G.; Comiso, J. C.; Allison, I.; Carrasco, J.; Kaser, G.; Kwok, R.; Mote, P.; Murray, T.; Paul, F.; Ren, J.; Rignot, E.; Solomina, O.; Steffen, K.; Zhang, T. (2013): Observations: Cryosphere.
    In: Stocker, T.F.; Qin, D.; Plattner, G.-K.; Tignor, M.; Allen, S.K.; Boschung, J.; Nauels, A.; Xia, Y.; Bex, V.; Midgley P.M. (eds.): Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press., ISBN 978-1-107-66182-0, pp. 317 - 382. (Web link)

  • Kargel, J.; Furfaro, R.; Kaser, G.; Leonard, G.; Fink, W.; Huggel, C.; Kääb, A.; Raup, B.; Reynolds, J.; Wolfe, D.; Zapata, M. (2011): ASTER Imaging and Analysis of Glacier Hazards.
    In: Ramachandran, Bhaskar; Justice, Christopher O.; Abrams, Michael J.: Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change: NASA's Earth Observing System and the Science of Terra and Aqua. New York: Springer (= Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing, 11)., ISBN 978-1-4419-6749-7, pp. 325 - 373. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Kaser, G. (2002): Glacier Mass Balance and Climate in the South American Andes.
    In: Casassa, Gino; Sepulveda, F. V.; Sinclair, R. M.: The Patagonian Icefields. A Unique Natural Laboratory for Environmental and Climate Change Studies. Dordrecht - Heidelberg - London - New York - Berlin: Springer (= Series of the Centro de Estudios Científicos, 2002)., ISBN 978-1-4613-5174-0, pp. 89 - 99. (DOI)

Book Chapter (Reprint)
  • Ajai, L.; Breashears, D.; Crutzen, P.; Fuzzi, Sandro; Haeberli, Wilfried; Immerzeel, W.; Kaser, Georg et al. (2021): Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene (2011). A Report by the Working Group Commissioned by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
    In: Benner, Susanne; Lax, Gregor; Crutzen, Paul J.; Pöschl, Ulrich; Lelieveld, Jos; Brauch, Hans Günter: Paul J. Crutzen and the Anthropocene: A New Epoch in Earth’s History. Cham: Springer International Publishing (= The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science, 1)., ISBN 78-3-030-82201-9, pp. 129 - 140. (DOI) (Web link)

Proceedings Article (Full Paper)
  • Kuhn, M.; Spötl, C.; Kaser, G.; Krainer, K.; Obleitner, F. (2008): Klima und Kryosphäre. Aktivitäten des Forschungsschwerpunkts Klima und Kryospäre im Jahr 2007.
    In: Grumiller, M.; Märk, T.D. (Series Editors): Zukunftsplattform Obergurgl 2008. Forschungskooperationen innerhalb der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP)., ISBN 978-3-902571-79-3, pp. 175 - 180.

  • Kuhn, M.; Kaser, G. (2007): Klima und Kryosphäre.
    In: Grumiller, M.; Märk, Tilmann D. (Hrsg.): Zukunftsplattform Obergurgl 2007. Forschungskooperationen innerhalb der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP) (= Conference Series)., ISBN 978-3-902571-21-2, pp. 150 - 153.

  • Kuhn, M.; Kaser, G.; Krainer, K. (2006): Center of Climate and Cryosphere.
    In: Grumiller, M.; Märk, T.D.: Zukunftsplattform Obergurgl 2006: Forschungskooperationen innerhalb der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP) (= Conference Series)., ISBN 3-901249-86-9, pp. 83 - 86. (Web link)

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