Andreas Linsbauer
Andreas Linsbauer, Dr.
Senior scientist

Geography Teacher Training

Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics

Tel.: 044 63 55208

Room number: Y25 L 32

Research Interests

  • Monitoring and modelling climate-glacier interactions
  • Climate change impacts on the high mountain cryosphere
  • Adaptation to climate change and risks in mountain regions

My research interests are related to represent impacts of climate change in mountainous regions (especially the cryosphere) by working with environmental, spatial and climate data, field measurements and modelling tools. I have a special focus on impacts of climate change in mountain regions and their implications for development activities and communities. In addition I am interested in ways of know-how transfer, explaining scientific content to a non-scientific audience, teaching on the graduate and postgraduate level, and collaborating with people from various backgrounds and cultures.

I am part of the Research Group on Environment and Climate: Impacts, Risks and Adaptation: EClim.



Current Projects

since 9/2017 Fostering the Outreach of the Swiss Cryosphere Monitoring Networks, funded by the Swiss GCOS office. Organisation of a workshop to evaluate the communication strategy of the cryosphere monitoring networks in Switzerland.
since 5/2016 Glacier Monitoring Switzerland (GLAMOS), organised by the ETH Zürich and the Universities of Fribourg and Zürich, funded by Federal Office for the Environment, BAFU/FOEN, Swiss GCOS office and Swiss Academy of Sciences, SCNAT.
The GLAMOS network aims to measure and document the changes of the Swiss glaciers on a long-term perspective.
since 5/2015 EKK Cryosphere web portal (Swiss Cryospheric Commission, EKK), funded by Federal Office for the Environment, BAFU/FOEN.
The Swiss Cryospheric Commission aims to establishing a new web portal to provide selected representative cryosphere monitoring data to a wider non-scientific audience. This web portal accesses the individual cryospheric monitoring networks on glaciers (GLAMOS), permafrost (PERMOS) and snow (SNOMOS).

Past Projects

12/2016-5/2017 Scenarios of glacier evolution for the catchment of Vierwaldstättersee/Reuss
Research project funded by the Aufsichtskommission Vierwaldstättersee in the frame of the BAFU/FOEN project Wasserknappheitskarten
2/2016-2/2017 Preparing for future mass movements triggered by earthquakes and monsoon events in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) – learning from the 2015 Nepal event, FLASH research project, funded by EPFL Leading House for the development and coordination of joint research cooperation programmes and State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI.
The IHR is a high-risk zone for earthquakes and heavy monsoon rainfalls, which both can trigger disastrous mass movements, in particular from changing glacial-periglacial environments. Based on the Nepal 2015 event we aim at providing predisposition knowledge for the IHR in order to be better prepared for similar events in future.
1/2013-12/2016 Indian Himalayan Climate Adaptation Program (IHCAP), funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC/DEZA.
The project aims at strengthening the capacities of Indian institutions in climate science, with a specific focus on glaciology and related areas, as well as institutional capacities of Himalayan states in India on adaptation planning, implementation and policy. The project builds on capacity and knowledge enhancement related to three pillars: (i) Scientific and technical knowledge cooperation between Indian and Swiss scientific institutions, (ii) Strengthening Institutions for adaptation measures among vulnerable communities, and (iii) Mainstreaming adaptation policies for improved action in the Indian Himalayan Region (
8/2013-4/2014 Morphological characteristics of glacial overdeepenings, funded by National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste, Nagra.
A study to complement numerical modelling on glacial erosion and sedimentation processes with insights from empirical-quantitative data on the morphology of glacial landforms.
8-12/2012 Meta Data Browser on glacier fluctuation data, World Glacier Monitoring Service, WGMS.
Implementing the first Meta Data Browser (version 1.0) on glacier fluctuation data hosted by the WGMS (
10/2008-3/2013 PhD project CC-GlinCH: Climate change impacts on glaciers in Switzerland, funded within the framework of the research projects CCHydro (funded by Swiss Federal Office of Environment, BAFU/FOEN) and Climate change and hydropower (funded by Swiss Federal Office of Energy, BFE/SFOE, Swisselectric Research, the Canton of Valais and Forces Motrices Valaisannes, FMV) on hydrological discharge in light of climate change.
The project CC-GlinCH aimed at modelling glacier thickness, bed topography and future glacier development with simplified approaches and techniques that only require a minimum of (easily available) data and can thus be rapidly applied on a large regional scale.