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).
Evidence of Strong Flux Underestimation by Bulk Parametrizations During Drifting and Blowing Snow (vol 182, pg 119, 2022)Boundary-Layer Meteorology. 2023-05-20. DOI : 10.1007/s10546-023-00809-x.
Maximum Wind Energy Production (MaxWEP): Maximizing Winter Production of Energy by Exploiting Terrain Potential2023-03-31
Decentralized green energy transition promotes peaceFrontiers In Environmental Science. 2023-03-03. DOI : 10.3389/fenvs.2023.1118987.
Reproducibility Dataset for CRYOWRF v1.02023-02-01.
Constraining Latent and Sensible Heat Fluxes during Drifting and Blowing Snow Events in Antarctica using in–situ Measurements and Large–Eddy Simulations24th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, Denver, USA and online, January 8-12, 2023.
Wind, Hail, and Climate Extremes: Modelling and Attribution Studies for Environmental DataLausanne, EPFL, 2023. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-11082.
Observations and simulations of new snow density in the drifting snow-dominated environment of AntarcticaJournal Of Glaciology. 2022-12-14. DOI : 10.1017/jog.2022.102.
Fingerprints of Frontal Passages and Post-Depositional Effects in the Stable Water Isotope Signal of Seasonal Alpine SnowJournal Of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. 2022-11-27. DOI : 10.1029/2022JD037469.
Modelling snow sublimation to improve estimates of sea level riseAtmospheric Science Day, Lausanne, Switzerland, Novembre 10, 2022.
Simulation of snow slide-off from solar panels and modelling of subsequent snow accumulation using the Material Point Method2022-10-01
Analyzing the effects of snow-atmosphere interactions on snow surface dynamics based on automated 3D laser scanning data2022-10-01
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.
Parameterizing snow saltation: the exponential decay of the mass flux profile and its relation to the saltation dynamicsInternational Symposium on Snow (IGS), Davos, Switzerland, Septembre 25-30, 2022.
How much snow sublimates in Extreme Environments: Quantifying blowing snow sublimationInternational Glaciological Society, Davos, 26.09.2022.
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
Wind-Topo: Measurement-Based Deep Learning Generation of High-Resolution Wind Fields in Complex TerrainAMS mountain meteorology, Park City, 2022-06-20.
The Complexity of Alpine Weather: An Asset for the Energy TransitionAMS mountain meteorology, Park City, 2022-06-20.
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.
Towards better estimates of wind power potentials in the AlpsApplied Machine Learning Days, Lausanne, 2022-03-30.
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.
Preprocessing Antarctic Weather Station (AWS) data in python2022.
Risk Profiles of Impactful and Extreme Hydrological Events for Alpine ReservoirsEuropean Geosciences Union General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23-27 May 2022.
Reproducibility dataset for CRYOWRF validation2022.
Dataset for: Future water temperature of rivers in Switzerland under climate change investigated with physics-based models2022.
Exploring alternative possibilities for sublimation measurements over snow and ice surfacesInternational Symposium on Snow, Davos, Switzerland, September 2022.
Surface snow isotopic composition: Post-depositional processes in an alpine snowpackThe Cryosphere in a changing climate – A scientific symposium in the memory of Koni Steffen, Davos, Switzerland, June 23-24, 2022.
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.
Teaching & PhD
Environmental Sciences and Engineering