Doctoral programme Mountain Climate and Environment (DP MCE)


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kurt Nicolussi (Institute of Geography)

Deputy Head

Dr. Fabien Maussion (Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences)


To be announced shortly.


The University of Innsbruck is home to a wide range of world-leading expertise in atmospheric, cryospheric, biospheric, hydrospheric, atmospheric-chemical, geomorphodynamic and palaeoclimate sciences. Utilizing this expertise, the research component of the doctoral programme Mountain Climate and Environment (DP MCE) focuses on core scientific questions related to the interactions between climate / atmosphere and the environment in the past, present and future, specific to mountainous regions. Mountains are barriers of high complexity to any atmospheric flow and modify it accordingly while creating a wide range of environmental gradients on short spatiotemporal scales not existing in any other regions. Any change in short and mean long-term atmospheric flow patterns and conditions lead to changes in these environmental gradients. Present-day highly resolved measurements, long-term instrumental records, and a variety of climate proxies mirror the current and past complexity of atmospheric processes and environmental responses. Observing and modelling processes governing atmosphere/climate–environment interactions play a key role for i) understanding the interaction of climate change with atmospheric composition and dynamics, ii) understanding the impact of mountainous terrain on large-scale atmospheric flows, iii) understanding the nature and the behaviour of glaciers as climate indicators and water reservoirs, iv) deciphering environmental and climate history in mountains from key archives (e.g., reconstructed glaciers and permafrost, tree rings, lake sediments and speleothems) and v) projecting future mountain climate as well as related impacts on the Environment.

Faculty Members

  • Assoz. Prof. Dr. Alexander Gohm (Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences)
  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Thomas KARL (Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences)
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg Kaser (Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences)
  • Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Georg Mayr (Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences)
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kurt Nicolussi (Institute of Geography)
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mathias Rotach (Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences)
  • Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Christoph Spötl (Institute of Geology)
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Strasser (Institute of Geology)
  • Assoz. Prof. Dr. Georg Wohlfahrt (Institute of Ecology)




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