Assoz. Prof. Dr. Thomas Marke

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Office: Bruno-Sander-Haus, 7th Floor, Room 60709

Assoz. Prof. Dr. Thomas Marke
Department of Geography
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck


Consultation hour:

Wednesday, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

(online, please write an email prior to consultation)

Link to online room (BigBlueButton)

Academic functions:

  • Leader of the research group "Alpine Climate and Water Research" (ACWR)
  • Member of the faculty board at the Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Session convener at international level, e.g., convener of the sessions "Status and Future of Mountain Waters" and "Mountain (socio-)hydrology in a changing climate" at the International Mountain Conference in Innsbruck (Austria) in 2022 and 2019
  • Contributor (author) to the "Austrian Assessment Report 2014 (AAR14)"
  • Contributor (lead author) to the "APCC Special Report - Tourism and Climate
    Change in Austria"
  • Contributor to the Joint Body on the status of the mountain snow cover (SMSC)
  • Contributor to the Earth-System-Model - Snow Model Intercomparison Project (ESM-SNOWMIP)

Areas of expertise:

  • Distributed, physically-based modelling of climatological and hydrological processes
  • Monitoring of climatological and hydrological processes
  • Water-related natural hazards
  • Land-atmosphere interaction
  • Scaling issues and regionalization
  • Mass- and energy balance of snow and ice covered surfaces
  • Climate change impacts on the hydrosphere
  • Human-environment interaction
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary scenario generation


  • European Geosciences Union
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Water Resources Association
  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences
  • Austrian Panel on Climate Change
  • Austrian Society for Polar Research

Reviewer for:

  • International Journal of Climatology
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • The Cryosphere
  • Water Resources Research
  • Journal of the American Water Resources Association
  • Geoscientific Model Development
  • Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
  • Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Hydrological Sciences Journal
  • Water
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geosciences
  • Global Change Biology
  • Mountain Research and Development
  • Sustainability
  • Hydrology
  • Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography
  • MDPI Atmosphere
  • Theoretical and Applied Climatology
  • Journal of Glaciology


  • Climatology
  • Hydrology
  • Environmental modelling
  • Programming techniques (FORTRAN, IDL, Python, R)
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Physical Geography
  • Mountain Research
  • Excursions (thematic focus on climatology, hydrology and physical geography)


  • KIDZ PAZ-NOWn. Increasing Resilience Among Your People and Communities in Paznaun Valley via an Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research-Education-Collaboration Linking Hydroclimatology, Behavioral Medicine, and Education for Sustainable Development
  • SNOWLEDGE (Qualifizierungsnetzwerk Schnee), Funding Organization: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
  • Extension of the Hydroclimatological Monitoring Network in the "Research Basin Rofental", Funding Organization: University of Innsbruck
  • FuSE-AT (Future Snow Cover Evolution in Austria), Funding Organization: Austrian Climate Research Programme (ACRP)
  • PROSNOW (Provision of a Prediction System allowing for Management and Optimization of Snow in Alpine Ski Resorts), Funding Organization: European Union, Innovation Action (IA), call SC5-01-2016- 2017, H2020
  • CRYOMON-SciPro (Improve the Science of Processes within the Cryosphere by Integrating Hydrological Modelling with Remote Sensing in a Multi-level Data Fusion Approach), Funding Organization: EUREGIO Research Fund
  • Bias II (IPCC-AR5 Klimaszenarien (RCPs) zur hydrologischen Klimaimpaktanalyse in Bayern: Synthese hochaufgelöster Regionalisierung, multivariater stochastischer Biaskorrektur und optimierter hydrologischer Modell- und Prozessanalyse am Beispiel Nationalpark Berchtesgaden), Funding Organization: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz
  • HydroGeM3 (Hydrological Scenarios in the Austrian Alps for the Next Century using a Statistical Weather Generator and enhanced Process Understanding for Modelling of Seasonal Snow and Glacier Melt for Improved Water Resources Management), Funding Organization: Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
  • STELLA (Storylines of Coupled Socio-economic and Climatic Drivers for Land Use and their Hydrological Impacts in Alpine Catchments), Funding Organization: Austrian Climate Research Programme (ACRP)
  • hiSNOW (High-resolution Monitoring and Modelling under Climate Change Condition - Combining ALS and TLS Data Acquisition with Energy and Mass Balance Modelling at Hochjochferner/Val Senales, Italy), Funding Organization: Autonomous Province of Bolzano
  • SNOWPAT (Spatiotemporal Patterns of Snow in Austria back to 1895), Funding Organization: Austrian Climate Research Programme (ACRP)
  • FreyEx (Freya Experiment in Greenland), Funding Organization: Austrian Society for Polar Research
  • GlacierMEMO (Glacier mass and energy balance modelling in Greenland), Funding Organization: Austrian Society for Polar Research
  • KarstNPB (Karsthydrological Modelling in the Berchtesgaden National Park), Funding Organization: Berchtesgaden National Park
  • Kooperationsplattform Johnsbachtal (Eine Plattform zur integrativen Langzeitforschung in den Ennstaler Alpen/Steiermark, Österreich), Funding Organization: Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Province of Styria
  • MUSICALS (Multiscale Snow/Icemelt Discharge Simulation into Alpine Reservoirs), Funding Organization: Comet-Programm/Tiroler Wasserkraft AG
  • CC-Snow II (Effects of Future Snow Conditions on Tourism and Economy in Tyrol and Styria), Funding Organization: Austrian Climate Research Programme (ACRP)
  • CC-Snow (Effects of Climate Change on Future Snow Conditions in Tyrol and Styria), Funding Organization: Austrian Climate Research Programme (ACRP)

Peer-reviewed publications:

  • Frimannslund, I., Thiis, T., Skjøndal, L.V., and Marke, T. (2023): Energy demand and yield enhancement for roof mounted photovoltaic snow mitigation systems. Energy and Buildings, 278,
  • Price, M. F.; Gurgiser, W., Juen, I., Adler, C., Wymann von Dach, S., Kaser, G., Mayr, S., Bahn, M., Björnsen Gurung, A., Dax, T., Duglio, S., Fischer, J.-T., Füreder, L., Kurmayer, R., Machold, I., Mailer, M., Marke, T., Marzeion, B., McDowell, G. M., Meyer, M., Neuburger, M., Nicholson, L., Nicolussi, K., Oedl-Wieser, T., Peters, M., Richter, K., Rotach, M., Rüdisser, J., Ruiz Peyré, F., Rutzinger, M., Schermer, M., Schirpke, U., Schneiderbauer, S., Steiger, R., Stotten, R., Szarzynski, J., Tappeiner, U., Ueno, K., and Wohlfahrt, G. (2022): The International Mountain Conference, Innsbruck, Austria, September 2019 (IMC2019): A Synthesis with Recommendations for Research. Mountain Research And Development 42/1,
  • Menard, C.B., Essery, R., Krinner, G., Arduini, G., Bartlett, P., Boone, A., BrutelVuilmet, C., Burke, E., Cuntz, M., Dai, Y., Decharme, B., Dutra, E., Fang, X., Fierz, Ch., Gusev, Y., Hagemann, S., Haverd, V., Kim, H., Lafaysse, M., Marke, T., Nasonova, O., Nitta, T., Niwano, M., Pomeroy, J., Schädler, G., Semenov, V., Smirnova, T., Strasser, U., Swenson, S., Turkov, D., Wever and N., Yuan, H. (2021): Scientific and human errors in a snow model intercomparison. Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society, 102/1, S. E61 - E79.
  • Olefs, M., Formayer, H., Gobiet, A., Marke, T., Schöner, W., and Revesz, M. (2021): Past and future changes of the Austrian climate – Importance for tourism. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 34, No. 100395.
  • Essery, R., Kim, H., Wang, L., Bartlett, P., Boone, A., Brutel-Vuilmet, C., Burke, E., Cuntz, M., Decharme, B., Dutra, E., Fang, X., Gusev, Y., Hagemann, S., Haverd, V., Kontu, A., Krinner, G., Lafaysse, M., Lejeune, Y., Marke, T., Marks, D., Marty, C., Menard, C. B., Nasonova, O., Nitta, T., Pomeroy, J., Schaedler, G., Semenov, V., Smirnova, T., Swenson, S., Turkov, D., Wever, N., and Yuan, H. (2020): Snow cover duration trends observed at sites and predicted by multiple models. The Cryosphere 14/12, S. 4687 - 4698.
  • Olefs, M., Koch, R., Schöner, W., and Marke, T. (2020): Changes in Snow Depth, Snow Cover Duration, and Potential Snowmaking Conditions in Austria, 1961-2020 – A Model Based Approach. Atmosphere 11/12, No. 1330. doi:10.3390/atmos11121330.
  • De Gregorio, L., Callegari, M., Marin, C., Zebisch, M., Bruzzone, L., Demir, B., Strasser, U., Marke, T., Günther, D., Nadalet, R., and Notarnicola, C. (2019): A Novel Data Fusion Technique for Snow Cover Retrieval. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 12/8, 2862 - 2877. doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2019.2920676.
  • Warscher, M., Wagner, S., Marke, T., Laux, P., Strasser, U., and Kunstmann, H. (2019). A Very High-Resolution Regional Climate Simulation for Central Europe: Performance in High Mountain Areas and Projected Near Future Climate. In:
    Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere, in review, submitted January 8, 2019.
  • Strasser, U., Förster, K., Formayer, H., Hofmeister, F., Marke, T., Meißl, G., Nadeem, I., Stotten, R., and Schermer, M. (2019). Storylines of combined future land use and climate scenarios and their hydrological impacts in an Alpine catchment (Brixental/Austria). In: Science of the Total Environment 657, pp. 746–763.
  • Günther, D., Marke, T., Essery, R., Strasser, U. (2019): Uncertainties in Snowpack Simulations - Assessing the Impact of Model Structure, Parameter Choice, and Forcing Data Error on Point‐Scale Energy Balance Snow Model Performance. Water Resources Research 55/4, 2779 - 2800.
  • Krinner, G., Derksen, C., Essery, R., Flanner, M., Hagemann, S., Clark, M., Hall, A., Rott, H., Brutel-Vuilmet, C., Kim, H., Menard, C., Mudryk, L., Thackeray, C., Wang, L., Arduini, G., Balsamo, G., Bartlett, P., Boike, J., Boone, A., Cheruy, F., Colin, J.,
    Cuntz, M., Dai, Y., Decharme, B., Derry, J., Ducharne, A., Dutra, E., Fang, X., Fierz, C., Ghattas, J., Gusev, Y., Haverd, V., Kontu, A., Lafaysse, M., Law, R., Lawrence, D., Li, W., Marke, T., Marks, D., Nasonova, O., Nitta, T., Niwano, M., Pomeroy, J., Raleigh, M., Schaedler, G., Semenov, V., Smirnova, T., Stacke, T., Strasser, U., Svenson, S., Turkov, D., Wang, T., Wever, N., and Yuan H.and Zhou, W. (2018). ESM-SnowMIP: Assessing models and quantifying snow-related climate feedbacks. In: Geoscientific Model Development 11, pp. 5027–5049.
  • Schermer, M., Stotten, R., Strasser, U., Meißl, G., Marke, T., Förster, K., and Formayer, H. (2018). The role of transdisciplinary research for agricultural climate change adaptation strategies. In: Agronomy 8.237, pp. 1–18.
  • Marke, T., Hanzer, F., Olefs, M., and Strasser, U. (2018). Simulation of Past Changes in the Austrian Snow Cover 1948-2009. In: Journal of Hydrometeorology 9, pp. 1529–1545.
  • Schmieder, J., Marke, T., and Strasser, U. (2018b). Wo kommt das Wasser her? Tracerbasierte Analysen im Rofental (Ötztaler Alpen, Österreich). In: Österreichische Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft 70, pp. 507–514.
  • Schmieder, J., Garvelmann, J., Marke, T., and Strasser, U. (2018a). Spatio-temporal tracer variability in the glacier melt end-member - How does it affect hydrograph separation results? In: Hydrological Processes 32, pp. 1828–1843.
  • 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., and Kaser, G. (2018). Rofental: a high Alpine research basin (1890 m - 3770 m a.s.l.) in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) with over 150 years of glaciological and hydrometeorological observations. In: Earth System Science Data 10, pp. 151–171.
  • Hanzer, F., Helfricht, K., Marke, T., and Strasser, U. (2016). Multilevel spatiotemporal validation of snow/ice mass balance and runoff modeling in glacierized catchments. In: The Cryosphere 10.4, pp. 1859–1881.
  • Marke, T., Mair, E., Förster, K., Hanzer, F., Garvelmann, J., Pohl, S., Warscher, M., and Strasser, U. (2016). ESCIMO.spread (v2): Parameterization of a spreadsheetbased energy balance snow model for inside-canopy conditions. In: Geoscientific
    Model Development 9, pp. 633–646.
  • Förster, K., Hanzer, F., Winter, B., Marke, T., and Strasser, U. (2016). An opensource MEteoroLOgical observation time series DISaggregation Tool (MELODIST v0.1.1). In: Geoscientific Model Development 9, pp. 2315–2333.
  • Schmieder, J., Hanzer, F., Marke, T., Garvelmann, J., Warscher, M., Kunstmann, H., and Strasser, U. (2016). The importance of snowmelt spatiotemporal variability for isotope-based hydrograph separation in a high-elevation catchment. In: Hydrology
    and Earth System Sciences 20, pp. 5015–5033.
  • Marke, T., Strasser, U., Hanzer, F., Stötter, J., Wilcke, R. A. I., and Gobiet, A. (2015). Scenarios of Future Snow Conditions in Styria (Austrian Alps). In: Journal of Hydrometeorology 16.1, pp. 261–277.
  • Hanzer, F., Marke, T., and Strasser, U. (2014). Distributed, explicit modelling of technical snow production for a ski area in the Schladming Region (Austrian Alps). In: Cold Regions Science and Technology 108, pp. 113–124.
  • Förster, K., Meon, G., Marke, T., and Strasser, U. (2014). Effect of meteorological forcing and snowmelt model complexity on hydrological simulations in the Sieber catchment (Harz Mountains, Germany). In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
    18, pp. 4703–4720.
  • Strasser, U., Vilsmaier, U., Prettenthaler, F., Marke, T., Steiger, R., Damm, A., Hanzer, F., Wilcke, R. A. I., and Stötter, J. (2014). Coupled component modelling for interand transdisciplinary climate change impact research: Dimensions of integration
    and examples of interface design. In: Environmental Modelling and Software 60, pp. 180–187.
  • Strasser, U., Marke, T., Sass, O., Birk, S., and Winkler, G. (2013). John’s creek valley: a mountainous catchment for long-term interdisciplinary human-environment system research in Upper Styria (Austria). In: Environmental Earth Sciences 69.2,
    pp. 973–983.
  • Marke, T., Mauser, W., Pfeiffer, A., Zängl, G., Jacob, D., and Strasser, U. (2013). Application of a hydrometeorological model chain to investigate the effect of global boundaries and downscaling on simulated river discharge. In: Environmental Earth
    Sciences 71.11, pp. 4849–4868.
  • Marke, T., Strasser, U., Kraller, G., Warscher, M., Kunstmann, H., Franz, H., and Vogel, M. (2013a). The Berchtesgaden National Park (Bavaria, Germany): a platform for interdisciplinary catchment research. In: Environmental Earth Sciences
    69.2, pp. 679–694.
  • Warscher, M., Strasser, U., Kraller, G., Marke, T., Franz, H., and Kunstmann, H. (2013). Performance of Complex Snow Cover Descriptions in a Distributed Hydrological Model System - A Case Study for the High Alpine Terrain of the Berchtesgaden
    Alps. In: Water Resources Research 49.119, pp. 1–19.
  • Zabel, F., Mauser, W., Marke, T., Pfeiffer, A., Zängl, G., and Wastl, C. (2012). Inter-comparison of two land-surface schemes applied on different scales and their feedbacks while coupled with a regional climate model. In: Hydrology and Earth
    System Sciences 16, pp. 1017–1031.
  • Kraller, G., Warscher, M., Vogl, S., Marke, T., Strasser, U., and Kunstmann, H. (2012). Water balance estimation in high Alpine terrain by combining distributed modeling and a neural network approach. In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
    16, pp. 1969–1990.
  • Marke, T., Mauser, W., Pfeiffer, A., and Zängl, G. (2011). A pragmatic approach for the downscaling and bias correction of regional climate simulations: evaluation in hydrological modeling. In: Geoscientific Model Development 4, pp. 759–770.
  • Prasch, M., Marke, T., Strasser, U., and Mauser, W. (2011). Large scale integrated hydrological modelling of the impact of climate change on the water balance with DANUBIA. in: Advances in Science and Research 7, pp. 61–70.
  • Strasser, U. and Marke, T. (2010). ESCIMO.spread - a spreadsheet-based point snow surface energy balance model to calculate hourly snow water equivalent and melt rates for historical and changing climate conditions. In: Geoscientific Model Development 3, pp. 643–652.

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