New strategic cooperation AHC – OSUG

A new strategic cooperation between AHC and the OSUG (Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers de Grenoble (France), www.osug.fr) has been initiated. Sharing interests in Alpine Hydroclimatology, the research groups at the Universities in Innsbruck (Austria) and Grenoble (France) will foster cooperation on a scientific and educational level, manifesting in a mutual exchange of scientists, common projects and joint student courses at both locations.

New researcher at AHC

Elisabeth Mair has joined the AHC team in Innsbruck in February 2013. With a two year experience as Junior researcher at EURAC in Bozen (Italy) she is now working in the field of phyiscally based hydrological modelling in Innsbruck. A project proposal for her PHD is in development.

FreyEx project proposal approved

To continue Austrian research activities in the Arctic, the FreyEx project has been proposed by the AHC team as a follow up project to the project GlacierMEMO. The project proposal has just been approved by the Austrian Society for Polar Research and the project is now in preparation.

Alpine HydroClimatology in Alberta (Canada)

An intense course on principles on cold regions hydrology has been organized and carried out by the University of Saskatchewan (Prof. Dr. John Pomeroy) in March 2011. The course was held at the Biogeosciences Institute of the University of Calgary (Barrier Lake Field Camp) and covered various aspects of hydrology (e.g. blowing of snow, snow interception and sublimation) with emphasis on hydrology in higher latitudes. Thomas Marke attended the course as representative of the Alpine HydroClimatology team.

View on the Rocky Mountains (left) and Prof. Dr. Pomeroy explaining the setup and function of a meteorological station in the Barrier Lake area.

Alpine Hydroclimatology in Greenland

To contribute to an advanced understanding of climate change impacts in the Arctic and the complex land-atmosphere interaction involved, a cooperation in polar research has been initiated by the AHC team and the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) (Wien, Austria). In August 2010, a joint expedition has been undertaken to Freya Glacier, a small valley glacier on Clavering Island (NE-Greenland) , in order to continue the mass- and energy balance measurements carried out by the ZAMG since 2007 and to parameterize and adjust a physically based snow model to Arctic conditions.

The expedition team (left: Thomas Marke (University Innsbruck), Ulrich Strasser (University Innsbruck) and Gernot Weyss (ZAMG) from left to right) and the Freya Glacier (right).

The physically based snow model AMUNDSEN will be applied here to simulate snow accumulation, distribution, sublimation and surface melt attempting to improve the simulation of glacier recession and freshwater influx into the ocean.