Andreas Linsbauer


Phone: +41 26 300 92 32 | Fax: +41 26 300 97 46

E-mail: andreas.linsbauer(at)

Office:             332

Function: PostDoc 

Personal Info

Academic Qualification

2008-2013 PhD Natural Sciences (Dr. sc. nat.), Department of Geography, University of Zürich
Thesis: “Modeling Ice Thickness Distribution and Glacier Bed Topography from Sparse Input Data to Assess Future Glacier Changes”
2006-2010 Master of Advanced Studies in Higher Education in Geography,
(Höheres Lehramt), Institut für Gymnasialpädagogik University of Zürich

Diploma/Master in Geography, Department of Geography, University of Zürich
Diploma thesis: „Modellierung von Gletscherbetten mit GIS“

Professional Experience

since 5/2016 Project manager, EKK Cryosphere web portal, Department of Geoscience, University of Fribourg and the Swiss Cryospheric Commission for monitoring networks (SCNAT) 
since 5/2015 Science officer, GLAMOS office, Department of Geography, University of Zurich
since 1/2013 Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Geoscience, University of Fribourg
10/2008-3/2013 PhD candidate, Department of Geography, University of Zurich
8-12/2012 Project coordinator (Meta Data Browser on glacier fluctuation data), WGMS, World Glacier Monitoring Service, University of Zurich
3-5/2011 Civilian service member: GIS expert, Pro Natura Geschäftsstelle Basel
2005-2009 GIS specialist, Umweltschutz Stadt Luzern
2002-2005 Substitute teacher, different primary/ secondary schools, canton of Thurgau
1998-2001 Primary school teacher, Mittelstufe, Rickenbach bei Wil (TG)


Master Level:

  • GG425: Data and methods for environmental analysis
  • GG448: Modelling of glaciers and permafrost


Capacity Buildings, Workshops:

  • Teach the teacher training, institutionalization of the IHCAP Capacity Building programme “Climate and Cryosphere” at Indian Universities: Assisting Indian faculties to compile teaching material (lectures and exercises); Department of Geoscience, University of Fribourg, June 30 - July 6, 2016
  • Applied Glaciology (Glacier Inventories, Volumes and Hazards), 4-day training workshop on topics from the IHCAP Capacity Building programme “Climate and Cryosphere” (level 1 and 2) to teachers at different Indian universities; Department of Geography, SBSC, Delhi University, February 2-5, 2016.
  •  IHCAP, Capacity Building programme “Climate and Cryosphere”, Level 2: courses on Overview of mass balance models, Glacier Mapping and Glacier volume assessments; JNU New Delhi. October 2013 and January 2015.  
  • IHCAP, Capacity Building programme “Climate and Cryosphere”, Level 1: courses on Glaciology basics, Glacier mass balance and International monitoring strategies; JNU New Delhi. April 2013 and August 2014.


RESEARCH Interests

  • Monitoring and modelling climate-glacier interactions
  • Climate change impacts on the high mountain cryosphere
  • Adaptation to climate change and risks in mountain regions

My research interests are related to represent impacts of climate change in mountainous regions (especially the cryosphere) by working with environmental, spatial and climate data, field measurements and modelling tools. I have a special focus on impacts of climate change in mountain regions and their implications for development activities and communities. In addition I am interested in ways of know-how transfer, explaining scientific content to a non-scientific audience, teaching on the graduate and postgraduate level, and collaborating with people from various backgrounds and cultures.

I am part of the Research Group on Environment and Climate: Impacts, Risks and Adaptation: EClim.


Current Projects:

since 9/2017 Fostering the Outreach of the Swiss Cryosphere Monitoring Networks, funded by the Swiss GCOS office. Organisation of a workshop to evaluate the communication strategy of the cryosphere monitoring networks in Switzerland.
since 1/2017 Recent and future evolution of glacial lakes in China: Spatio-temporal diversity and hazard potential, funded by SNF.
since 5/2016 Glacier Monitoring Switzerland (GLAMOS), organised by the ETH Zürich and the Universities of Fribourg and Zürich, funded by Federal Office for the Environment, BAFU/FOEN, Swiss GCOS office and Swiss Academy of Sciences, SCNAT.
The GLAMOS network aims to measure and document the changes of the Swiss glaciers on a long-term perspective.
since 5/2015 EKK Cryosphere web portal (Swiss Cryospheric Commission, EKK), funded by Federal Office for the Environment, BAFU/FOEN.
The Swiss Cryospheric Commission aims to establishing a new web portal to provide selected representative cryosphere monitoring data to a wider non-scientific audience. This web portal accesses the individual cryospheric monitoring networks on glaciers (GLAMOS), permafrost (PERMOS) and snow (SNOMOS).

Past Projects:

12/2016-5/2017 Scenarios of glacier evolution for the catchment of Vierwaldstättersee/Reuss
Research project funded by the Aufsichtskommission Vierwaldstättersee in the frame of the BAFU/FOEN project Wasserknappheitskarten
2/2016-2/2017 Preparing for future mass movements triggered by earthquakes and monsoon events in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) – learning from the 2015 Nepal event, FLASH research project, funded by EPFL Leading House for the development and coordination of joint research cooperation programmes and State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI.
The IHR is a high-risk zone for earthquakes and heavy monsoon rainfalls, which both can trigger disastrous mass movements, in particular from changing glacial-periglacial environments. Based on the Nepal 2015 event we aim at providing predisposition knowledge for the IHR in order to be better prepared for similar events in future.
1/2013-12/2016 Indian Himalayan Climate Adaptation Program (IHCAP), funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC/DEZA.
The project aims at strengthening the capacities of Indian institutions in climate science, with a specific focus on glaciology and related areas, as well as institutional capacities of Himalayan states in India on adaptation planning, implementation and policy. The project builds on capacity and knowledge enhancement related to three pillars: (i) Scientific and technical knowledge cooperation between Indian and Swiss scientific institutions, (ii) Strengthening Institutions for adaptation measures among vulnerable communities, and (iii) Mainstreaming adaptation policies for improved action in the Indian Himalayan Region (
8/2013-4/2014 Morphological characteristics of glacial overdeepenings, funded by National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste, Nagra.
A study to complement numerical modelling on glacial erosion and sedimentation processes with insights from empirical-quantitative data on the morphology of glacial landforms.
8-12/2012 Meta Data Browser on glacier fluctuation data, World Glacier Monitoring Service, WGMS.
Implementing the first Meta Data Browser (version 1.0) on glacier fluctuation data hosted by the WGMS (
10/2008-3/2013 PhD project CC-GlinCH: Climate change impacts on glaciers in Switzerland, funded within the framework of the research projects CCHydro (funded by Swiss Federal Office of Environment, BAFU/FOEN) and Climate change and hydropower (funded by Swiss Federal Office of Energy, BFE/SFOE, Swisselectric Research, the Canton of Valais and Forces Motrices Valaisannes, FMV) on hydrological discharge in light of climate change.
The project CC-GlinCH aimed at modelling glacier thickness, bed topography and future glacier development with simplified approaches and techniques that only require a minimum of (easily available) data and can thus be rapidly applied on a large regional scale.



Peer-reviewed Publication:

Linsbauer, A., Salzmann, N. and Rohrer, M. (in preparation). Local climate assessments in data scarce mountain areas; for example Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Farinotti, D., Brinkerhoff, D., Clarke, G. K., Fürst, J. J., Frey, H., Gantayat, P., Gillet-Chaulet, F., Girard, C., Huss, M., Leclercq, P. W., Linsbauer, A., Machguth, H., Martin, C., Maussion, F., Morlighem, M., Mosbeux, C., Pandit, A., Portmann, A., Rabatel, A., Ramsankaran, R., Sanchez, O., Kumari, S. S., van Pelt, W. J., Anderson, B., Benham, T., Binder, D., Dowdeswell, J., Fischer, A., Helfricht, K., Kutuzov, S., McNabb, R., Gudmundsson, G. H., Li, H. & Andreassen, L. M. (in preparation). How accurate are estimates of glacier ice thickness? Results from ITMIX, the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment, The Cryosphere, 11(2):949-970. doi:10.5194/tc-11-949-2017.

Haeberli, W., Linsbauer, A., Cochachin, A., Salazar, C. and Fischer, U. H. (2016). On the morphological characteristics of overdeepenings in high-mountain glacier beds. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi:10.1002/esp.3966.

Allen, S.K., Linsbauer, A., Randhawa, S.S., Huggel, C., Rana, P. and Kumari, A. (2016). Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Risk in Himachal Pradesh, India: An Integrative and Anticipatory Approach Considering Current and Future Threats. Natural Hazards, 1–23. doi:10.1007/s11069-016-2511-x.

Allen, S.K., Fiddes, J., Linsbauer, A., Randhawa, S.S., Saklani, B. and Salzmann, N. (2016). Permafrost studies in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. Current Science 111(3), 550–553. doi:10.18520/cs/v111/i3/550-553.

Sold, L., Huss, M., Machguth, H., Joerg, P.C., Leysinger Vieli, G., Linsbauer, A., Salzmann, N., Zemp, M. and Hoelzle, M. (2016). Mass Balance Re-analysis of Findelengletscher, Switzerland; Benefits of Extensive Snow Accumulation Measurements. Frontiers in Earth Science, 18. doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00018.

Linsbauer, A., Frey, H., Haeberli, W., Machguth, H., Azam, M.F. and Allen, S.K. (2016). Modelling glacier-bed overdeepenings and possible future lakes for the glaciers in the Himalaya-Karakoram region. Annals of Glaciology 57(71). DOI:10.3189/2016AoG71A627.

Frey, H., Machguth, H., Huss, M., Huggel, C., Bajracharya, S., Bolch, T., Kulkarni, A., Linsbauer, A., Salzmann, N. and Stoffel, M. (2014). Estimating the volume of glaciers in the Himalayan–Karakoram region using different methods. The Cryosphere 8: 2313–2333. doi:10.5194/tc-8-2313-2014.

Haeberli, W. and Linsbauer, A. (2013). Brief communication “Global glacier volumes and sea level – small but systematic effects of ice below the surface of the ocean and of new local lakes on land”. The Cryosphere 7(3): 817–821. doi:10.5194/tc-7-817-2013.

Linsbauer, A., Paul, F., Machguth, H. and Haeberli, W. (2013). Comparing three different methods to model scenarios of future glacier change in the Swiss Alps. Annals of Glaciology 54(63): 241–253. doi:10.3189/2013AoG63A400.

Linsbauer, A., Paul, F. and Haeberli, W. (2012). Modeling glacier thickness distribution and bed topography over entire mountain ranges with GlabTop: Application of a fast and robust approach. Journal of Geophysical Research 117: F03007. doi:10.1029/2011JF002313.

Paul, F. and Linsbauer, A. (2012). Modeling of glacier bed topography from glacier outlines, central branch lines, and a DEM. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 26(7): 1173–1190. doi:10.1080/13658816.2011.627859.

Salzmann, N., Machguth, H. and Linsbauer, A. (2012). The Swiss Alpine glaciers’ response to the global “2°C air temperature target”. Environmental Research Letters 7(4): 044001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/044001.

Frey, H., Haeberli, W., Linsbauer, A., Huggel, C. and Paul, F. (2010). A multi-level strategy for anticipating future glacier lake formation and associated hazard potentials. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 10(2): 339–352. doi:10.5194/nhess-10-339-2010.

Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings, Extended Abstracts and Book Chapters:

Linsbauer, A. and Huss, M. (2017): Schlussbericht Teilprojekt Gletscherszenarien EZG Reuss/Vierwaldstättersee. 23 Seiten. Im Auftrag der Aufsichtskommission Vierwaldstättersee, Kanton Uri.

Allen, S. K., Linsbauer, A., Huggel, C., Randhawa, S. S., Schaub, Y. and Stoffel, M. (2016). Current and future glacial lake outburst flood hazard: application of GIS based modeling in Himachal Pradesh, India. In: Singh, R.B., Schickhoff, U. and Mal, S. (eds) Dynamics of Climate, Glaciers and Vegetation in Himalaya: Contribution Towards Future Earth Initiatives, Springer Publishing, Japan.

Linsbauer, A., Allen, S.K., Randhawa, S.S., Huggel, C. and Salzmann, N. (2015). Changing Cryosphere and Emerging GLOF Risks: a Scientific Baseline Study Towards Early Warning and other Adaptation Measures for the Kullu District, HP, India. In: 2016 UNESCO Chair Conference on Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact, 24 May 2016. EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Künzler, M., Huggel, C., Linsbauer, A. and Haeberli, W. (2010). Emerging risks related to new lakes in deglaciating areas of the Alps. In: Malet, J-P., Glade, T. and Casagli, N. (eds) Mountain Risks: Bringing Science to Society. Proceedings of the “Mountain Risk” International Conference, 24–26 November 2010, Firenze, Italy. CERG Editions, Strasbourg, France, 453–458.

Linsbauer, A., Paul, F., Hoelzle, M., Frey, H. and Haeberli W. (2009). The Swiss Alps without glaciers – a GIS-based modelling approach for reconstruction of glacier beds. In: Purves, R., Gruber, S., Straumann, R. and Hengl, T. (eds) Proceedings of Geomorphometry 2009. University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 243–247.


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