Mathias uses atmospheric measurements and high-resolution dynamic modeling in order to better understand exchange of mass, momentum and energy between mountainous terrain and the atmosphere. He works on timescales of split seconds to 100 years (into the future).

Research interests: boundary layer dynamics; atmospheric dynamics; mountain meteorology; air pollution modeling

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Kurt specializes in dendrochronology, which is the use of tree rings to, e.g., date past environmental events and construct records of climate change. He works on timescales of the last ca. 10,000 years.

Research interests: using different archives, e.g. Alpine tree rings and glaciers, to date, reconstruct and analyse past environmental events and developments during the Holocene


Yuri goes into the field to collect cave deposits and reconstruct paleoclimate in Eurasia. In the lab he analyzes stable isotope composition of paleoprecipitation trapped as fluid inclusions in speleothems.

Research interests: speleothems; karst; paleoclimate; isotope geology; cryogenic carbonates; past permafrost

Daniela uses pollen found in peatbogs, lakes, glaciers, and speleothems (cave calcite deposits) to understand past environmental change. She is also interested in the effects of humans on the landscape.

Research interests: palynology, paleoclimate, pollen chemistry, fire history, archaeobotany, landscape archaeology

Luke is a geoarchaeologist and Quaternary research scientist with a specialization in geochronology. He uses OSL-dating to reconstruct environmental change and associated human behavioural responses during the Quaternary.

Research interests: developing novel applications for OSL dating in order to better understand archaeological and paleoenvironmental sites; Quaternary environmental change and human occupation in arid environments (Tibet, Australia); resolving palaeoenvironmental change and associated human responses.

Alexander is an atmospheric scientists with a strong passion for mountain weather and climate. His research goal is to improve the understanding of atmospheric processes over complex terrain based on field observations and numerical simulations.

Research interests: mountain meteorology, foehn and valley winds, orographic precipitation, boundary-layer meteorology, Doppler wind lidar, atmospheric models

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Petra is a botanist and uses pollen analysis to understand how climate and vegetation interact in the past. She is also interested in modern pollen monitoring, the influence of current climate on pollen production.

Research interests: palynology, paleoclimate, vegetation history, archeobotany, pollen monitoring


Marlis looks at how well mountain weather in different parts of the world can be inferred from global atmospheric models. More specifically, Marlis uses downscaling techniques to overcome the scale mismatch between what global atmospheric models provide us, and the required local-scale information, with a particular focus on mountain regions than include glaciers.

Research interests: global atmospheric models; atmospheric downscaling; reanalysis data; mountain glaciers

Johannes works with ICAR to downscale global circulation model output for glaciers in complex topography. He investigates whether the results provided by this linear-theory based technique represent the local weather well enough to be used as input for distributed process-based glacier mass-balance models.

Research interests: atmospheric downscaling; scientific computing; linear theory; mountain glaciers

Irmi's work has focussed on observing the relation between glacier, glacier runoff and climate in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca. Currently she coordinates the glacier mass balance monitoring on Hintereis- and Kesselwandferner.

Research interests: glacier mass balance; glacier hydrology

Thomas Karl is an atmospheric physicist interested in processes that govern atmospheric composition and exchange processes between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere.

Research interests: biosphere-atmosphere interactions; air quality; atmospheric chemistry; biogeochemistry; chemical ionization mass spectrometry

Georg studies the interaction between the atmosphere and glacier surface on high mountain glaciers of the European Alps and the global Tropics, and uses this to unravel the fingerprint changing climate systems leaves in the glacial record. He is also a strong advocate for international cryospheric and mountain science.

Research interests: glacier-atmosphere interaction on mountains at several scales; understanding and modelling glacier mass balance from point to global scale.

Karin studies high alpine lakes. She reconstructs past climatic and environmental changes from biological, mineralogical and geo-chemical records in lake sediment profiles; and observes recent, climate-driven changes in aquatic chemistry.

Research interests: long term impact of climate and of atmospheric deposition on alpine lakes; diatoms as indicators for palaeo-environmental conditions; lake - catchment interactions; comparison of recent and past environmental conditions

Gabi is a PhD student whose work focuses on past climate changes of an arid region in Northern Italy. She studies the geochemical signature of vein-filling speleothems from a non-karstic setting and is interested in understanding if reliable information on past climate and environmental changes can be obtained from these unique secondary carbonates.

Research interests: speleothems; uranium-series dating; cave monitoring

Michael Kuhn has worked on Arctic sea ice; energy and mass balance of Alpine glaciers; the boundary layer of, and energy transfer through the Antarctic inversion; atmospheric optics; snow chemistry.  He is now interested in the changing water balance of glacierized Alpine basins.

Research interests: Glaciology; cryosphere and climate


Manuela is an atmospheric scientist whose work focuses on boundary-layer processes in mountainous terrain using field observations and model simulations.

Research interests: mountain meteorology; boundary-layer processes; thermally driven circulation; gravity waves; numerical modeling

Marc's interest lies in a process-based understanding of cave systems to reconstruct environmental changes on short and long time-scales.

Research interests: paleoclimate of the last 500 ka; speleothems; hydrology of karst; periglacial systems; ice caves; Alps; North Africa.

Thomas is a geographer with research focus in the monitoring and simulation of hydroclimatological processes in Alpine regions.

Research interests: water balance; boundary layer meteorology; land-atmosphere interactions; snow cover; glacier energy and mass balance; model coupling; down- and upscaling of hydrometeorological variables; scenario simulations; interaction of natural systems and man; transdisciplinary scenario generation

Fabien is a climate scientist and glaciologist interested in the climate controls on glacier changes at long and short time scales. He enjoys to mix and merge methods and models across disciplines, and he is also an enthusiast open-source scientific programmer.

Research interests: cryosphere-atmosphere interactions; numerical models (atmosphere, glaciers); climate of the Tibetan Plateau and the Tropical Andes; open-science.

Georg pushes the limits of the reliability of weather forecasting. He is also interested in predicting the uncertainty of a forecast. To achieve this, he combines data from numerical weather prediction models and observations with statistical methods. He enjoys collaborating with colleagues from other disciplines such as oceanography and statistics. Being able to work with students and young scientists is a highlight of his job.

Research interests: weather forecasting (especially in mountainous terrain); applying statistical methods to atmospheric science problems; mountain meteorology and foehn winds; energy meteorology

Michael is a quaternary geologist and geochronologist and heads the laboratory for optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating. He uses this technique to reconstruct paleoclimatic and environmental changes of the last half a million years.

Research interests: OSL dating of archaeological and paleoenvironmental sites; Glaciations and human occupation of central High Asia; Quaternary landscape evolution and environmental change; Reconstruction of human-environmental interlinkages

Jasper is an earth scientist using the sedimentary archive of lakes to reconstruct past extreme events.

Research interests: combining geophysical, geotechnical and sedimentological techniques to quantitatively characterize sediment dynamics and its forcing factors (earthquakes, tsunamies, climate varaibility, volcanic activity) in Chile, Alaska, Japan and the Alps.

Gina uses deposits found in caves to reconstruct records of climate change, sea-level change, and landscape evolution over the last half a million years.

Research interests: speleothems; caves; karst; Quaternary; palaeoclimate (change); abrupt climate change; past warm periods; sea-level change; science communication

Lindsey uses detailed field measurements of how glaciers interact with the atmosphere to develop numerical models that help us better understand what glacier changes can tell us about past climate, and how glaciers will change in the years to come.

Research interests: glacier mass balance; surface energy balance; glacier geophysics; debris-covered glaciers; glacier hazards

Uli is interested in atmospheric trace substances and the quality and chemistry of air and precipitation. She also focuses on the impact of alpine permafrost on the water quality of high alpine freshwaters.

Research interests: air and precipitation quality; alpine permafrost; biogeochemistry of alpine headwaters

Friedl has mostly worked on observing and modeling surface exchange processes above snow and ice in Alpine and Arctic environments and on associated meteorological conditions.

 Research interests: mountain meteorology; micrometeorology; snow processes; Arctic glaciers

Elisabeth studies the atmospheric processes that influence the relationship between air temperature and stable water isotope ratios in Antarctic snow and ice in order to improve the interpretation of deep ice cores for paleoclimatological studies.

Research interests: Antarctic weather and climate; ice cores; paleoclimate; snow processes; stable water isotopes

Christoph is an earth scientist whose research focuses on Quaternary geology and paleoclimate.

Research interests: using geological archives to reconstruct and understand large environmental changes over a range of time scales, with an emphasis on caves and their sediments

Ivana is a mountain meteorologist who uses measurements from around the world to study turbulence in mountainous region and its interaction with mesoscale flows such as foehn winds, mountain waves and valley and slope circulations.

Research interests: scale interactions; boundary layer turbulence; mountain meteorology; gravity waves; thermally and dynamically driven wind systems;

Michi is an earth scientist conducting research on the quantitative characterization of dynamic sedimentary and tectonic processes and related natural hazards.

Research interests: Using geophysical and analytical methods to explore sedimentary archives of lakes and oceans to understand the dynamic response of sedimentary systems to geological, climatic, environmental and/or anthropogenic forces acting on timescales from seconds to millions of years.

Uli specializes in the physically based modelling of hydroclimatological processes in mountain areas. His main interest is to better understand the water balance in a changing climate at scales ranging from local to regional.

Research interests: seasonal snow cover; glacier mass balance; regionalization of meteorological variables; effects of climate change; interfaces to socio-economic processes

Kathleen studies climate history and geochronology. Her research focuses on arid regions that have experienced pluvial periods in the past. Using cave deposits, she reconstructs past precipitation and water table elevations in order to understand the paleo-hydroclimate of these regions.

Research interests: using speleothems as a paleoclimate archive; Quaternary climate history; uranium-series dating

Georg makes coordinated use of micrometeorological and ecological measurements and process-based ecological modeling in order to quantify and understand the biosphere-atmosphere trace gas, energy and water vapor exchange. His work covers both terrestrial and aquatic systems, from deserts to the high mountains.

Research interests: ecosystem physiology; micrometeorology; trace gas exchange; soil-vegetation-atmosphere-transfer modeling