Ice and Climate
Glaciological research in the Alps (e.g. Hintereisferner, Kesselwandferner, Langenferner), in the Polar Regions (e.g. Svalbard, Antarctic Peninsula) and in the Tropics (e.g. Kilimandjaro, Mount Kenya, Cordillera Blanca/Peru) has a long tradition at our institute. Many members of the ACINN left their imprint on the history of glaciology within the last 130 years.
The annual mass balance series of Hintereisferner and Kesselwandferner in the Ötztal Alps which were established by our institute extend back to 1952 and therefore are among the longest full glacier mass balance records in the world.
During recent decades, glaciers are of increasing public interest as their rapid changes around the world are a prominent feature of the ongoing global climate change. Modern research at the ACINN aims to improve our understanding of the linkages between changing glaciers and the underlying forcings. These may be atmospheric processes influenced by a changing climate but also glacier dynamics or geomorphological features such as debris cover.
Our group uniquely combines the expertise of accurately monitoring glaciological and meteorological processes, as well as the competence of putting the measurements into a greater context by developing and using state of the art numerical models.
- A physically based regional mass balance approach for the glaciers of Vinschgau – glacier contribution to water availability
- Atmospheric controls on water stable isotopes in Antarctica
- Downscaling of Climate Variability: Towards an Impact Assessment for Glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru
- Dynamics of debris-covered glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Karakoram-Himalaya
- Glaciers-to-Rivers Sediment Transfer in Alpine Basins (GLORI)
- High resolution spaceborne studies of mass balance processes on glaciers of the Khumbu Himal, Nepal (GlHima-Sat)
- Hintereisferner - an Open Air Laboratory
- Mass Balance of Hintereisferner
- Mass Balance of Kesselwandferner
- Modeling of debris-covered glaciers
- Modelling glacier length changes in Alps on the base of tree-ring based temperature reconstructions for the last 2500 years
- Multidecadal to Centennial Climate Variability: Assessing the Conditions for the Glaciation of Tropical Mountains
- Reconstruction and Projecting the Global Behaviour of Glaciers from 1850 - 2300
- The mass balance of Langenferner / Vedretta Lunga
- The Upper Grindelwald Glacier as indicator for Holocene climate variability
- Vulnerability to Water Scarcity and Glacier Fed Water Availability in the Tropical Callejón de Huaylas, Peru
- Austrian Glacier Inventory
- Climate-glacier relationship on Mount Kenya
- Deuterium excess of polar firn and precipitation origin
- Development of snow and ice penitents in relation to their impact on surface meltwater production from snow and ice in the semi-arid Andes
- DML precipitation regime and EPICA ice core interpretation
- Glacio-meteorological investigations in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica
- Precipitation mechanisms at Antarctic deep drilling sites
- Stable isotopes in Antarctic firn
- Towards closing the gap between local scale meteorology and changing alpine glaciers