Andreas Hasler


Personal Info

Academic Qualification

  • 2011 PhD thesis at the Department of Geography, UZH, Switzerland
  • 2005 Diploma theses at UZH, Switzerland
  • 1997 – 1999 Gymnasium for adults (Matura C), KME, Zurich
  • 1991 – 1995 Apprenticeship as electronician
  • 1982 – 1991 Primary and Secondary school, Bonstetten ZH


Professional Experience

  • 2013 – present Postdoc, TEMPS project, Physical Geography, Department of Geosciences,
    University of Fribourg, Switzerland. (Alpine Cryosphere & Geomorphology Group)
  • 2013 Postdoc, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Zurich
  • 2012 – 2013 Assistant Geomorphologist / Climatologist, BC Forest Dept., Prince George (BC), Canada
  • 2012 Scientific assistant, Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos
  • 2009 Civil service, Federal office of environment (FOEN), Bern
  • 2008 Measurement setup and drilling assistant, Livingston Island, Antarctica
  • 2006 Scientific assistant / electronician, Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich
  • 2002 – 2004 Geography teacher, Kantonsschule Sursee, LU


Scientific Committees

  • Member of Scientific Committee of PERMOS (Swiss Permafrost Monitoring Network).


Bachelor Level:

  • Lecture on Permafrost Landforms in course Glaciers and Permafrost, UZH

Master Level:

  • Lecture on Qualitative & Quantitative Methodologies in course Thinking Geographically, UZH



  • Instabilities in bedrock permafrost
  • Permafrost degradation in steep rock faces
  • Snow-permafrost interactions on different scales
  • Monitoring techniques in harsh environments
  • Permafrost distribution in remote mountain ranges


  • The evolution of mountain permafrost in Switzerland – TEMPS, 2011-2014
  • X-Sense+, sensing high-alpine slope instabilities with adaptive WSNs, 2013-2016
  • PermaSense/PermaSense II, Permafrost wireless sensor networks (WSN), 2006-2012


Publications in international journals, proceedings and books with peer review process


Hasler, A. Gruber, S. Beutel, J. 2012. Rock kinematics in steep bedrock permafrost. Journal of Geophysical Research 117, F01016.

Krautblatter, M. Huggel, C. Deline, P. Hasler, A. 2012. Research perspectives for unstable high-alpine bedrock permafrost: measurement, modelling and process understanding. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 23. 80–88


Hasler, A. Gruber, S. Font, M. Dubois, A. 2011. Advective heat transport in frozen rock clefts - conceptual model, laboratory experiments and numerical simulation. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 22. 378–389.

Hasler, A. Gruber, S. Haeberli, W. 2011. Temperature variability and offset in steep alpine rock and ice faces. The Cryosphere 5. 977–988.


Beutel, J. Gruber, S. Hasler, A. Lim, R. Meier, A. Plessl, C. Talzi, I. Thiele, L. Tschudin, C. Woehrle, M. Yuecel, M. 2009. PermaDAQ: A scientific instrument for precision sensing and data recovery in environmental extremes. In Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks. IEEE Computer Society. 265–276.

Ramos, M. Hasler, A. Vieira, G. Hauck, C. Gruber, S. 2009. Drilling and installation of boreholes for permafrost thermal monitoring on Livingston Island in the maritime Antarctic. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes.


Hasler, A. Talzi, I. Beutel, J. Tschudin, C. Gruber, S. 2008. Wireless sensor networks in permafrost research: concept, requirements, implementation, and challenges. In Proceeding of the Ninth International Conference on Permafrost, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. 669–674.


Talzi, I. Hasler, A. Gruber, S. Tschudin, C. 2007. PermaSense: investigating permafrost with a WSN in the Swiss Alps. In Proceedings of the 4th workshop on Embedded networked sensors, New York, USA. 8–12.


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