Fields of expertise
Grants2010: EU Interreg and Cantonal Funding for application oriented work in Alpine flood forecasting and climate change, P. I. 2009: Swiss National Science Foundation: Wind tunnel investigations of shear stress partitioning over plants, P. I. 2009: Swiss National Science Foundation: Field investigations of surface heterogeneity and land-surface exchange in mountains, P. I. 2008: ETH CCES grant Swiss Experiment Main Project Project on new technology and interdisciplinary environmental observation systems, P. I. 2008: HYDROSYS: EU Project on new technology and hydrological consequences of cryosphere degradation in the ALPS, P.I. 2007: SNF REQUIP Terrestrial Laser Scanning System, P.I. 2007: ETH CCES grant EXTREMES on spatial extreme value statistics, Co-P. I. 2006: ETH CCES grant Swiss Experiment Pre-Project, P. I. 2006: Swiss National Science Foundation: Wind tunnel investigation of snow ventilation, P. I. 2005: KTI: Development of high resolution forecasting models of road surface conditions for winter road maintenance, P. I. 2004: AWARE: EU Project on water resources in Alpine catchments with a focus on snow cover processes, P. I. 2003: Swiss National Science Foundation: Small scale investigation of flow, snow drift and surface energy balance, P. I. 2002: Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology: Distributed Computing (GRID) for Natural Hazard Prediction, Co - P. I. 2000: Swiss National Science Foundation: REQUIP: A cold, two phase wind tunnel with natural snow particles, P. I. 1997: Swiss National Science Foundation: Boundary layer wind field and the associated snow transport over high alpine topography, P. I. 1992: Scholarship for foreign studies at UC Davis.
AwardsBavarian scholarship for highly gifted students (1988 - 1992) Award for the best student paper presentation at a conference of the American Meteorological Society in Charlotte (1995), USA. Award for extraordinary performance in transfer of scientific knowledge to users, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (2001). Offer (Ruf) of a full professorship (chair: W3) in environmental physics at the University of Tübingen (2009).
Future trends in wind resources and their consistency in the Indian sub-continentSustainable Energy Technologies And Assessments. 2022-10-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.seta.2022.102460.
Considering snow depositions and transport mechanisms in meteorological analysis of predicting snow loads on buildingsCold Regions Science And Technology. 2022-09-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.coldregions.2022.103614.
Sources of Primary Electricity Supply2022-09-01
Snow sublimation in AntarcticaIIE Green Days, Anzère, Switzerland, 2022-06-17.
Water vapour fluxes above snow in conditions of drifting and blowing snowCATCH Open Science Workshop, 2022-05-10.
Wind-Topo: Downscaling near-surface wind fields to high-resolution topography in highly complex terrain with deep learningQuarterly Journal Of The Royal Meteorological Society. 2022-03-29. DOI : 10.1002/qj.4265.
SWEET-EDGE: Enabling Decentralized renewable Generation in the Alps2022-01-28. Energy Research Talks , Disentis/Mustér, January 26-28, 2022. p. 36-38.
Convection of water vapour in snowpacksJournal Of Fluid Mechanics. 2022-01-19. DOI : 10.1017/ijm.2021.1146.
The influence of drifting and blowing snow on surface (turbulent) mass- and energy exchange assessed with different methodsAGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA & Online, 13-17 December 2021.
Evolution and spatial variability of small-scale surface roughness of snow and sea ice during MOSAiCAGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA & Online, 13-17 December 2021.
A review in snow saltation dynamics and its implications for the surface mass balanceAmerican Geophysical Union 2021 (AGU Fall Meeting 2021), New Orleans, LA & Online Everywhere, December 13-17, 2021.
How important are snow transport and sublimation for the mass balance of Antarctica?Geneva Cryosphere Hub, UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Geneva, Switzerland, November 1-12, 2021.
100% erneuerbar – und zwar mit Köpfchen2021-10-01.
The inFuence of drifting and blowing snow on surface (turbulent) mass- and energy exchange assessed with different methodsAGU Fall Meeting 2021, New Orleans, USA, December 13-17, 2021.
Forward scattering of snow as a factor in local surface energy balance and winter PV productionAGU Fall Meeting 2021, New Orleans, USA, December 13-17, 2021.
Similarity conditions and cube model tests of snow drift and precipitation preferential deposition patternsJournal Of Wind Engineering And Industrial Aerodynamics. 2021-08-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.jweia.2021.104694.
High resolution static data for WRF over Switzerland2021-07-02.
Blowing snow in Antarctica and its contribution to the surface mass balanceEGU General Assembly 2020, online.
Snowfall and snow accumulation processes during the MOSAiC winter and spring seasonEGU General Assembly 2021, vEGU21: Gather Online, April 13-30, 2021.
On the necessity of including vapor kinetics to model the specific surface area evolution in snowEGU General Assembly 2021, vEGU21: Gather Online, April 19-30, 2021.
A snowfall downscaling scheme for mountainous terrainEGU General Assembly 2021, vEGU21: Gather Online, April 13-30, 2021.
Precipitation over the Southern Ocean: synoptic analysis and model evaluation using ground-based remote sensing and in-situ measurementsEGU General Assembly 2021, vEGU21: Gather Online, April 13-30, 2021.
Simulating airborne 'snow walls' of Antarctica using CRYOWRF v1.0EGU General Assembly 2021, vEGU21: Gather Online, April 19-30, 2021.
The effect of sublimation on snow isotopic composition2021-02-05
Dataset for: Climate change scenarios at hourly time-step over Switzerland from an enhanced temporal downscaling approach2021.
Meteorology and snow transport at S17 near Syowa, Antarctica, in austral summer 2018/20192021.
Modeling snow saltation: the effect of grain size and interparticle cohesion2021.
Changement climatique et température des rivièresAqua & Gas. 2021.
Multi-Resolution Convolutional Neural Network for High-Resolution Downscaling of Wind Fields from Operational Weather Prediction Models in Complex TerrainAGU fall Meeting 2020, Online conference, December 1-17, 2020.
PV on high alpine reservoir wall - Axpo's pioneer project in the Swiss AlpsHYDRO 2020, Online conference, Octobre 26-28, 2020.
Estimating the free troposphere measurement quality from high-altitude stations using topographic analysis2020-10-05
Modelling the small-scale deposition of snow onto structured Arctic sea ice using OpenFOAM2020-10-05
The monitoring and modelling of snow preparation in alpine and cross country ski areas2020-10-05
100% renewable – 100% doable2020-08-01.
The Influence of Mountain-Ridge Scale Snow Precipitation Processes on the Local Snow Distribution27th IUGG General Assembly, Montréal, Canada, 8-18 july, 2019.
Simulation of snow management in Alpine ski resorts using three different snow modelsCold Regions Science And Technology. 2020-04-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.coldregions.2020.102995.
Wie sich wasser, sonne und wind zu einem 100% erneuerbaren elektrizitätssystem in der Schweiz ergänzenEnergiegespräche Disentis 2020, Disentis, Suisse, Janvier 22-24, 2020.
Stream Temperature Evolution in Switzerland: Recent past and future2020. EGU2020 General Assembly, Online conference, May 4-8, 2020. DOI : 10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-16432.
UAV based photogrammetry for snow height determination with GNSS/INS assisted aerial control2019-10-05
Downscaling of gridded wind fields using Deep Learning methods2019-10-05
Preferential Deposition of Snow and Dust Over Hills: Governing Processes and Relevant ScalesJournal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. 2019-07-27. DOI : 10.1029/2018JD029614.
Solarstrom aus den Bergen ersetzt AtomkraftwerkeAlpEnforce Sommertagung, 12 TWh Strom aus Gebirgs-PV-Anlagen, ETH Zurich, 2019-06-18.
Cohesion-Induced Enhancement of Aeolian SaltationGeophysical Research Letters. 2019-05-28. DOI : 10.1029/2019GL082195.
NUMERICAL WEATHER MODELS FOR RESOURCE ASSESSMENT OF ALPINE WIND POWEREnergieForschungsGespräche 2019, Disentis, Switzerland, 23.01-25.01.2019.
Precipitation and Radiosonde Measurements Over the Southern Ocean During the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition27th IUGG General Assembly, Montreal, Canada, July 8-18, 2019.
Precipitation over the Southern Ocean: learning from measurements during the Antarctic Circumnavigation ExpeditionACE-DATA workshop, Lausanne, Switzerland, 14-15 October 2019.
Precipitation during the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition: multi-sensor observations and Polar-WRF model evaluation2019 Polar CORDEX Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7-9 October, 2019.
Precipitation over the Southern Ocean: comparison of several ship-based measurement techniques during the Antarctic Circumnavigation ExpeditionEGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April.
Local radiation maxima in snow-covered mountains and its influence on PV winter productionAGU Fall Meeting 2019, San Francisco, US, December 9-13, 2019.
How well do we understand the influence of drifting and blowing snow in extreme environments?AGU Fall Meeting 2019, San Francisco, December 9-13, 2019.
Detailed simulations of spatial snow accumulation patterns and near surface snow properties in Dronning Maud Land, East AntarcticaAGU Fall Meeting 2019, San Francisco, December 9-13, 2019.
Medienanlass zur Wolken- und Schneemesskampagne von SLF, ETHZ u.a. in Davos Wolfgang.2019.
The Importance of Near-Surface Winter Precipitation Processes in Complex Alpine TerrainJournal of Hydrometeorology. 2019. DOI : 10.1175/JHM-D-18-0055.1.
Large wind farms can destroy stratocumulus clouds-evidence from large eddy simulations.AGU Fall Meeting 2018, Washington DC, December 10-14, 2018.
Trends in Swiss river discharge and temperatures under climate change: observations and simulations
Polarforscher in der Schweiz2018-06-19.
Is the Thorpe and Mason model valid for drifting and blowing snow?2018-04-01. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, Vienna, Austria, April 4-13, 2018. p. 16587.
Des avalanches d'un nouveau type2018-01-29.
The impact of snow on solar PV productionWeekly Seminar at the Swiss Snow and Avalanche Research Institute (SLF/WSL), Davos, Switzerland, 2018-01-17.
Modelling the arctic snowpack properties in Svalbard using SNOWPACK2018
Revisiting the Thorpe-Mason model for calculating sublimation of saltating snowPolar 2018, Davos, Switzerland, June 2018.
Teaching & PhD
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Doctoral Program in Mechanics
PhD StudentsBraun Anna, Brito Melo Daniela, Carletti Francesca, Frischholz Yael, Hames Océane, Haugeneder Michael, Kristianti Fanny, Milojevic Tatjana, Reynolds Dylan Stewart, Schilt Ueli, Sharaborova Elizaveta, Sigmund Armin, Wagner David Nicholas, Zakari Yasmine,
Past EPFL PhD StudentsBrauchli Tristan Jonas , Comola Francesco , Crivelli Philip , Dujardin Jérôme François Sylvain , Faure Françoise , Gallice Aurélien , Gerber Franziska , Groot Zwaaftink Christine Dorothea , Grünewald Thomas , Jafari Mahdi , Krol Quirien Eibhilín , Kruyt Albertus Christiaan , Michel Adrien , Mott-Grünewald Rebecca Maria , Schlögl Sebastian , Sharma Varun , Sommer Christian Gabriel , Steinkogler Walter , Walter Benjamin Andreas , Wever Nander , Würzer Sebastian ,
Program: Section of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Program: Section of Environmental Sciences and Engineering