Fields of expertise
Natural Hazards Warning and Forecasting
Turbulence and Boundary Layer Flows over Alpine Terrain
Mountain Hydrology and Permafrost Dynamics
Renewable Energy (Wind and Solar) in the Alps and as Contribution to the Swiss Energy Change Agenda
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).
How Forward-Scattering Snow and Terrain Change the Alpine Radiation Balance With Application to Solar PanelsJournal Of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. 2021-08-08. DOI : 10.1029/2020JD034333.
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.
Synergistic optimization of renewable energy installations through evolution strategyEnvironmental Research Letters. 2021-06-01. DOI : 10.1088/1748-9326/abfc75.
Blowing snow in Antarctica and its contribution to the surface mass balanceEGU General Assembly 2020, online.
The complex winds of the Alps: an unseen asset for the energy transitionLausanne, EPFL, 2021. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-9253.
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.
Dataset on PV Production in Snow Covered Mountains2018.
From the Clouds to the Ground - Snow Precipitation Patterns in Complex TerrainPOLAR2018, Davos, Switzerland, 19 June 2018.
Local surface mass balance processes in East AntarcticaPolar2018, Davos, Switzerland, June 2018.
Local snow transport and surface evolution processes in East AntarcticaAmerican Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Washington DC, December 2018.
Near-surface ventilation as a key for modeling the thermal regime of coarse blocky rock glaciersPERMAFROST AND PERIGLACIAL PROCESSES. 2018. DOI : 10.1002/ppp.1978.
Hydrological response of two high altitude Swiss catchments to energy balance and temperature index melt schemesPOLAR SCIENCE. 2018. DOI : 10.1016/j.polar.2018.06.007.
The bright side of snow cover effect on PV production - How to lower the seasonal mismatch between electricity supply and demand in a fully renewable SwitzerlandEuropean Geophysical Union, Vienna, Austria, 23.-28.04.2017.
Complementing hydropower with PV and wind: Optimal energy mix in a fully renewable SwitzerlandEGU, Vienna, Austria, 2017.
Optimization of photovoltaic potential and its integration in Switzerland using genetic algorithm and optimal power flow
A Swiss electrical model
The bright side of snow cover effects on PV production - How to lower the seasonal mismatch between electricity supply and demand in a fully renewable SwitzerlandEGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 8-13.April 2017.
Impact of Extreme Land Surface Heterogeneity on Micrometeorology over Spring Snow CoverJournal Of Hydrometeorology. 2017. DOI : 10.1175/Jhm-D-17-0074.1.
Wind tunnel observations of weak and strong snow saltation dynamicsJournal Of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface. 2017. DOI : 10.1002/2016Jf004111.
A close-ridge small-scale atmospheric flow field and its influence on snow accumulationJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 2017. DOI : 10.1002/2016JD026258.
Snow farming: Conserving snow over the summer seasonThe Cryosphere Discussions. 2017. DOI : 10.5194/tc-2017-93.
Interplay between photovoltaic, wind energy and storage hydropower in a fully renewable SwitzerlandEnergy. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.energy.2017.06.092.
Fragmentation of wind-blown snow crystalsGeophysical Research Letters. 2017. DOI : 10.1002/2017GL073039.
Impact of climate change in Switzerland on socioeconomic snow indicesTheoretical And Applied Climatology. 2017. DOI : 10.1007/s00704-015-1676-7.
Teaching & PhD
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Doctoral Program in Mechanics