Tobias Bolch

Tobias Bolch, PD Dr.

Group leader

Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics

Tel.: 044 63 55236


since 2016 Leader of the research group "Mountain Cryosphere" at Universtiy of Zurich, Switzerland
2010- 2016 Reseach scientist at University of Zurich, Switzerland and TU Dresden, Germany
2012 Habilitation about assessment of cryospheric variations in different climates at TU Dresden, Germany
2009/10 Substitute Professor in GIS and Remote Sensing at University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
2007/08 PostDoc at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
2006 PhD in Nat. Sc. about glacier and climate changes in Tien Shan (Central Asia) and Swiss Alps at University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Diploma in Physical Geography, Minors: Physics and Computer Science, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany


Research Interests

  • Glaciers and Periglacial Environement of High Mountain Areas
  • Climate Change in High Mountain Areas and its Impacts
  • Digital Terrain Analysis
  • GIS and Remote Sensing


Period Title Funding Role
2017-2020 Earth Observation to investigate the characteristics and changes of the cryosphere in High Mountain Asia ESA PI
2017-2019 Recent and future evolution of glacial lakes in China: Spatio-temporal diversity and hazard potential SNF PI
2016-2019 Understanding and quantifying the transient dynamics and evolution of debris-covered glaciers SNF co-PI
2016/17 Natural Hazard Assessment for the Reconstruction of Critical Transport and Flood Protection Infrastructure World Bank/ ARUP & Partners PI
2011-2016 Water Resources in the Aksu-Tarim-River Catchment of Western China and the Effects of Climate Change DFG PI
2011-2015 Project Bundle: Variabilität und Trends der Wasserhaushalts-komponenten in Benchmark-Einzugsgebieten des Tibet-Plateaus (WET) BMBF co-PI



Regular Teaching at GIUZ

  • Gletscher und Permafrost (GEO351)
  • Quantification and Modelling (GEO413)
  • High Mountain Cryosphere: Processes and Risks (GEO415)
  • Exkursion: Nordjura

Summer/Training Schools

  • Workshop on Geodetic Mass Balance Assessment Info
  • Remote Sensing of Glaciers within the Training Course in Land Remote Sensing by ESA Info

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