Kristian Förster

Dr.-Ing. Kristian Förster
Alpine Hydroclimatology
Department of Geography
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52f/7
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel: +43(0)512 507 54051


(Alpine) Hydroclimatology

Distributed, physically based modelling of hydrological and climatological processes in mountain regions: seasonal snow cover, water balance, floods, boundary layer processes, snow-vegetation interaction, seasonal prediction, hydrological modelling, and coupled atmospheric and hydrological simulations.

Professional Memberships

European Geosciences Union
German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste
German Hydrological Society

Profession and education

since 2015

PostDoc researcher at the the Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria.

since 2014

PostDoc researcher at the alpS Centre for Climate Change Adaptation, Innsbruck, Austria.


Research assistant at the Department of Hydrology, Water Management and Water Protection, Leichtweiss Institute for Hydraulics and Water Resources, University of Braunschweig (Lower Saxony, Germany). Research on climate impact with respect to water balance components and flood frequency in Lower Saxony, supervison of students. Since 2011 PhD studies, thesis title “Detaillierte Nachbildung von Schneeprozessen in der hydrologischen Modellierung” (Detailed Simulation of Snow Processes in Hydrological Modelling).


Hydrologist at Lotz AG Ingenieure, Wächtersbach (Hesse, Germany). Sector: civil engineering, consulting. Hydrological modelling for hydrologic design purposes and surface water modelling, contribution to feasibility studies and approval procedures for flood protection and hydraulic engineering.


Studies of hydrology at Dresden University of Technology (Saxony, Germany) with focus on hydrologic modelling and remote sensing, diploma thesis: “Untersuchung der Eignung von Satellitenmessungen zur Kalibrierung der Schneemodellierung mit einem flächendifferenzierten hydrologischen Modell”.

Selected Publications

Förster, K., Oesterle, F., Hanzer, F., Schöber, J., Huttenlau, M., and Strasser, U. (2016): A snow and ice melt seasonal prediction modelling system for Alpine reservoirs, Proc. IAHS, 374, 143-150, doi:10.5194/piahs-374-143-2016.

Förster, K., Hanzer, F., Winter, B., Marke, T., and Strasser, U. (2016): An open-source MEteoroLOgical observation time series DISaggregation Tool (MELODIST v0.1.1), Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 2315-2333, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-2315-2016.

Marke, T., Mair, E., Förster, K., Hanzer, F., Garvelmann, J., Pohl, S., Warscher, M., and Strasser, U. (2016): ESCIMO.spread (v2): parameterization of a spreadsheet-based energy balance snow model for inside-canopy conditions, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 633-646, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-633-2016.

Förster, K., Meon, G., Marke, T., and Strasser, U. (2014): Effect of meteorological forcing and snow model complexity on hydrological simulations in the Sieber catchment (Harz Mountains, Germany), Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4703-4720, doi:10.5194/hess-18-4703-2014.

Förster, K., Gelleszun, M., Meon, G. (2012): A weather dependent approach to estimate the annual course of vegetation parameters for water balance simulations on the meso- and macroscale, Adv. Geosci., 32, 15-21, doi:10.5194/adgeo-32-15-2012.