Rainer Prinz

Rainer Prinz, PhD

Senior Scientist


  +43 512 507 54415

  Room 54481


Research Interests

  • Glaciology; Mass & Energy Balance; Micro-Meteorology; Geophysical Methods
  • Climatology; Climate variability in high mountain regions; Climate change topics

Fellowships and Grants

  • World Glacier Monitoring Service: National Correspondent for Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
  • Station Manager of Station Hintereisferner for the Project INTERACT



Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Abermann, J.; Steiner, J. F.; Prinz, R.; Wecht, M.; Lisager, P. (2020): The Red Rock ice cliff revisited – six decades of frontal, mass and area changes in the Nunatarssuaq area, Northwest Greenland.
    In: Journal of Glaciology 66/258, pp. 567 - 576. (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)

  • Shahi, S.; Abermann, J.; Heinrich, G.; Prinz, R.; Schöner, W. (2020): Regional Variability and Trends of Temperature Inversions in Greenland.
    In: Journal Of Climate 33/21, pp. 9391 - 9407. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Rastner, P.; Prinz, R.; Notarnicola, C.; Nicholson, L.; Sailer, R.; Schwaizer, G.; Paul, F. (2019): On the Automated Mapping of Snow Cover on Glaciers and Calculation of Snow Line Altitudes from Multi-Temporal Landsat Data.
    In: Remote Sensing 11/12, No. 1410. (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)

  • 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)

  • 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) (Web link)

  • 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)

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

Journal Article (Proceedings 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)

  • 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 (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)

  • 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)

Proceedings Article (Full Paper)
  • Rott, H.; Nagler, T.; Ripper, E.; Voglmeier, K.; Prinz, R.; Fromm, R. (2014): Retrieval of Snow Mass using Ku- and X-band SAR Data.
    In: Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (EUSAR 2014). Berlin, Germany, 3-5 June 2014. Berlin - Offenbach: VDE-Verlag., ISBN 978-3-8007-3607-2, pp. 896 - 899. (Web link)

  • Rott, H.; Nagler, T.; Ripper, E.; Voglmeier, K.; Prinz, R.; Fromm, R.; Coccia, A.; Meta, A.; Di Leo, D.; Schüttemeyer, D. (2014): KU- and X-band backscatter analysis and SWE retrieval for Alpine snow.
    In: Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2014). 13-18 July 2014, Quebec City, QC. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)., ISBN 978-1-4799-5775-0, pp. 2407 - 2410. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Rott, H.; Nagler, T.; Prinz, R.; Voglmeier, K.; Fromm, R.; Adams, M.; Yueh, S. H.; Elder, K.; Marshall, H. P.; Coccia, A.; Imbembo, E.; Schüttemeyer, D.; Kern, M. (2013): ALPSAR 2012-13, a field experiment on snow observations and parameter retrievals with Ku- and X-band radar.
    In: Ouwehand, L. (ed.): Proceedings of ESA Living Planet Symposium, SP-722. 9 - 13 September 2013, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Noordwijk: ESA Communications., ISBN 978-92-9221-286-5, elektr.. (Web link)

  • Winkler, M.; Prinz, R.; Nicholson, L.; Nicolas, C.; Kinnard, C. (2011): Ice-mounted masts as platforms for micro-meteorological measurements on glaciers.
    In: Tijm-Reijmer, C.H.; Oerlemans, J.: Workshop on the use of automatic measuring systems on glaciers. Extended abstracts and recommendations. IASC Workshop, 23-26 March 2011,Pontresina (Switzerland). Utrecht: University of Utrecht., ISBN 978-90-39356555, pp. 88 - 91. (Web link)

Proceedings Article (Abstract)
  • Rastner, P.; Hanzer, F.; Klug, Ch.; Nicholson, L.; Notarnicola, C.; Prinz, R.; Sailer, R.; Siegmann, M.; Strasser, U. (2014): Uncertainties of meltwater modelling to runoff: scopes of the hiSNOW project.
    In: Abstracts of the International Symposium on The Future of the Glaciers: From the past to the next 100 years, Torino, Italy. Torino: University of Torino., p. 35. (Web link)

Book Chapter, Transfer-Oriented
  • Prinz, Rainer (2022): Kilmawandel in den Alpen.
    In: Österreichischer Alpenverein: Respekt am Berg. Natur und Umwelt. Wissenswertes für Bergsportbegeisterte. Innsbruck - Wien: Tyrolia., ISBN 978-3-7022-4096-7, pp. 82 - 111. (Web link)

  • Prinz, R.; Mölg, T. (2020): Tropische Gletscher: Ostafrika.
    In: Lozán, J. L.; Breckle, S.-W.; Escher-Vetter, H.; Grassl, H.; Kasang, D.; Paul, F.; Schickhoff, U.: Warnsignal Klima: Hochgebirge im Wandel. Hamburg: Verlag Wissenschaftliche Auswertungen (= Warn­signale)., ISBN 978-3-9820067-3-4, pp. 141 - 145. (DOI) (Web link)

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