Mountain Cryosphere


Our main activities focus on the investigation of glacier dynamics and climate-glacier interactions. Of specific interest are glaciers covered by supra-glacial debris and creeping mountain permafrost (rock glaciers) whose occurrence and characteristics are strongly influenced by topography and geomorphological processes. Further research includes consequences of the cryospheric change to society such as glacial hazards and changes in run-off. Our analyses are based on a holistic approach which includes field work, remote sensing, statistical analysis, and simplified physical-based modelling. We focus our research on the high mountains of Asia and the Swiss Alps, but include further study regions such as the Western Canadian Cordillera, the Andes and peripheral Greenland.