Projects


PROSNOW – Provision of a prediction system allowing for management and optimization of snow in Alpine ski resorts (2017 – 2020) 

PROSNOW builds a demonstrator of a meteorological and climate prediction system from one week to several months ahead applied to snow management, specifically tailored to the needs of the ski industry. This novel climate service increases the resilience of mountain stakeholders and supports their real-time climate change adaptation potential. The developed system will be Alpine-wide (France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy). PROSNOW is an IA funded by the EU/H2020 (SC5-2016-2017/Greening the Economy), and AHC/UIBK is one out of 13 partners (coordination: METEO-France).

CRYOMON-SciPro (2016 – 2019)
CRYOMON-SciPro exploits the complementary character of hydrological modelling and satellite remote sensing for monitoring key processes within the cryosphere by integrating both methods in an innovative approach (multi-level data fusion). Innovations out of this project include (i) an improved representation and understanding of the spatial and temporal dimension of key processes within the cryosphere with a focus on the energy and water cycle on larger scales (> 10’000 km2), (ii) an innovative approach of integrating satellite remote sensing and hydrological modelling, (iii) the first-time application of latest ESA Sentinel 1 (radar) and 2 (optical) satellite data for studying the cryosphere, and (iv) the integration of data from new and innovative field measurement techniques (permanent terrestrial laser scanning, field spectrometry). CRYOMON-SciPro is a cooperation with the EURAC (Bolzano) and the University of Trento. It is funded by the EUREGIO Tyrol/South Tyrol/Trentino.

BIAS II (2015 – 2018)
The project BIAS II is carried out in close cooperation with the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden (Germany) and the KIT (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany) and aims at the analysis of climate change effects on the water balance in Alpine regions. In BIAS II, future regional climate simulations will be combined with hydrological process modelling, specifically adopted to the complex topography of the Berchtesgaden Alps.
BIAS II is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection.

HydroGeM3: Hydrological scenarios in the Austrian Alps for the next century using a statistical weather generator and enhanced process understanding for modelling of seasonal snow and glacier melt for improved water resources management (2015 – 2017)
HydroGeM3 aims at a quantitative description of the water cycle components in Alpine catchment for current and future climatic conditions. Future climate data will be provided by means of a stochastic multi-site weather generator. Water supply will be compared to water demand in the catchments. For selected actors from tourism and hydropower generation, a set of water cycle key element indicators will be modelled and provided.
HydroGeM3 is funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

MUSICALS II – Multiscale Snow/Icemelt Discharge Simulation into Alpine Reservoirs (an alpS/COMET project, 2014 – 2017)
In MUSICALS II the spatial and temporal variability of discharge, snow cover and ice resources of Alpine headwatersheds will be analysed. The catchments chosen as pilot regions are utilized for hydropower production and are located in the Kaunertal. Here, a sample of models describing processes of snow cover evolution and glacier changes in different spatial and temporal scales will be adapted, validated and implemented for forecast simulations and climate change scenarios.
MUSICALS II is funded by the COMET program.

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STELLA – Storylines of coupled socio-economic and climatic drivers for land use and their hydrological impacts in Alpine catchments (2014 – 2017)
STELLA aims at providing a decision support for stakeholders dealing with land use planning and flood prevention by investigating the hydrological impacts of changing climatic conditions and socio-economic patterns. Storylines of coupled socio-economic and climatic drivers resulting in land use patterns will be developed considering the global assumptions of the IPCC RCPs as well as potential regional peculiarities.
STELLA is funded by the ACRP of the Climate and Energy funds.

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hiSNOW – Combining ALS and TLS data acquisition with energy and mass balance modelling at Hochjochferner (Italy) (2014 – 2016)
hiSNOW aims at deriving snow/ice parameters and ice dynamics from a combination of airborne and terrestrial laser scanning with physically based snow/ice modeling. The study site chosen for the investigations in hiSNOW is Hochjochferner in the Schnalstal region (Southern Tyrol, Italy).
hiSnow is funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano – Alto Adige.

SNOWPAT.at – Spatiotemporal patterns of snow in Austria back to 1895 (2012 – 2015)
The project SNOWPAT.at combines available data on snow conditions in Austria. The snow model AMUNDSEN will be applied to simulate snow conditions for the area of Austria. Our model results allow to close data gaps in the observation series and help to improve the spatial density of information on snow distribution in Austria.
SNOWPAT.at is funded by the ACRP of the Climate and Energy funds.

CC-Snow II – Effects of Future Snow Conditions on Tourism and Economy in Tyrol and Styria (2011 – 2012)
CC-Snow II is the follow-up project of CC-Snow. As winter tourism in the two provinces of Tyrol and Styria is highly dependent on the resource snow, the results of CC-Snow provide the basis for the detailed assessment of the impacts of climate change on the supply side of winter tourism in terms of increasing costs and shorter ski seasons.
CC-Snow II is funded by the ACRP of the Climate and Energy funds.

CC-Snow – Effects of Climate Change on Future Snow Conditions in Tyrol and Styria (2010 – 2011)
CC-Snow aims at utilizing improved future climate scenario simulations to determine the effect of climate change on future natural snow conditions in the Austrian Alps. The analyisis of future snow conditions thereby includes natural snow conditions as well as artificial snow production.
CC-Snow is funded by the ACRP of the Climate and Energy funds.

MUSICALS A – Multiscale Snow/Icemelt Discharge Simulation into Alpine Reservoirs (an alpS/COMET project, 2010 – 2014)
In MUSICALS A the spatial and temporal variability of discharge, snow cover and ice resources of Alpine headwatersheds will be analysed. The catchments chosen as pilot regions are utilized for hydropower production and are located in the Kaunertal. Here, a sample of models describing processes of snow cover evolution and glacier changes in different spatial and temporal scales will be adapted, validated and implemented for forecast simulations and climate change scenarios.
MUSICALS A is funded by the COMET program.

Johns Creek Valley – An integrative research platform for long-term monitoring in the Ennstaler Alps (Styria, Austria) (2009 – 2012)
The Johns Creek Valley project has been initiated in the year 2009 as a forum for transdisciplinary research in a high Alpine mountain catchment. In it’s initial phase, the project aims at the establishment of a long-term hydrometeorological station network to continuously monitor the climate and water balance of the region.
John’s Creek Valley is funded by the University of Graz and many partners.

GlacierMEMO – Glacier Mass and Energy Balance Modelling at Freya glacier (NE-Greenland) (2011)
Glacier MEMO aims at the analysis of climate change effects on Arctic glaciers by using the distributed snow model AMUNDSEN to simulate snow accumulation, distribution, sublimation and surface melt at Freya glacier (NE Greenland) attempting to improve the simulation of glacier recession and freshwater influx into the ocean.
GlacierMEMO is funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences Payer program.

FreyEx – Freya Experiment (2010)
FreyEx continues Arctic research efforts commonly carried out by the ZAMG (Vienna, Austria) and the Department of Geography (Graz, Austria). The project aims at i) a sophisticated regionalization of available meteorological observations in the Freya Glacier area (NE-Greenland) in order to provide enhanced meteorological input for climate change impact studies and ii) at a detailed simulation and analyzis of energy fluxes to and from the glacier surface within a 3-week numerical modelling experiment.
FreyEx is funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences Payer program.

KarstNPB (2009 – 2012)
The project KarstNPB is carried out in close cooperation with the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden (Germany) and the KIT (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany) and aims at the analysis of karst effects on the water balance in Alpine regions and at the implementation of karst water processes in hydrological models.
KarstNPB is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection.