Florian Hanzer

Florian Hanzer, PhD
Alpine Hydroclimatology
Department of Geography
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52f
A-6020 Innsbruck
Mail: florian.hanzer@uibk.ac.at

Distributed, physically based modeling of hydrological and climatological processes in mountain regions: snow and glacier hydrology, energy and mass balance modeling, scenario simulations, technical snow production and ski area management, model development.

Profession and education

since 2017

Postdoctoral researcher (project PROSNOW) at the Department of Geography, University of Innsbruck and the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz.


PhD studies in Geography, University of Innsbruck.
PhD thesis: Modeling of mountain snow and ice water resources at the human-environment system interface.


Project staff (SNOWPAT, hiSNOW, HydroGeM3) at the Department of Geography, University of Innsbruck.


Junior researcher at the alpS Centre for Climate Change Adaptation, Innsbruck (projects MUSICALS, MUSICALS II).


Project staff (CC-Snow, CC-Snow II) at the Department of Geography and Regional Science, University of Graz.


Studies of Computational Sciences, University of Graz. Master’s thesis: Explicit modeling of technical snow production.

Selected Publications

Marke, T., Hanzer, F., Olefs, M. and Strasser, U. (2018): Simulation of Past Changes in the Austrian Snow Cover 1948-2009, Journal of Hydrometeorology., https://doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-17-0245.1.

Hanzer, F., Förster, K., Nemec, J. and Strasser, U. (2018): Projected cryospheric and hydrological impacts of 21st century climate change in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) simulated using a physically based approach. In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22(2), 1593–1614, https://dx.doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1593-2018.

Förster, K., Hanzer, F., Stoll, E., Scaife, A. A., MacLachlan, C., Schöber, J., Huttenlau, M., Achleitner, S. and Strasser, U. (2018): Retrospective forecasts of the upcoming winter season snow accumulation in the Inn headwaters (European Alps). In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22(2), 1157–1173, https://dx.doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1157-2018.

Prantl, H., Nicholson, L., Sailer, R., Hanzer, F., Juen, I. and Rastner, P. (2017): Glacier Snowline Determination from Terrestrial Laser Scanning Intensity Data. In: Geosciences, 7(3), 60, https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/geosciences7030060.

Hanzer, F., Helfricht, K., Marke, T. and Strasser, U. (2016): Multilevel spatiotemporal validation of snow/ice mass balance and runoff modeling in glacierized catchments. In: The Cryosphere 10, pp. 1859–1881, https://dx.doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1859-2016.

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). In: Geoscientific Model Development 9, pp. 2315–2333, https://dx.doi.org/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. In: Geoscientific Model Development 9, pp. 633–646, https://dx.doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-633-2016.

Schmieder, J., Hanzer, F., Marke, T., Garvelmann, J., Warscher, M., Kunstmann, H. and Strasser, U. (2016): The importance of snowmelt spatiotemporal variability for isotope-based hydrograph separation in a high-elevation catchment. In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20(12), 5015–5033, https://dx.doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-5015-2016.

Marke, T., Strasser, U., Hanzer, F., Stötter, J., Wilcke, R. and Gobiet, A. (2015): Scenarios of future snow conditions in Styria (Austrian Alps). In: Journal of Hydrometeorology 16/1, pp. 261–277, https://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-14-0035.1.

Hanzer, F., Marke, T. and Strasser, U. (2014): Distributed, explicit modelling of technical snow production for a ski area in the Schladming Region (Austrian Alps). In: Cold Regions Science And Technology 108, pp. 113–124, https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coldregions.2014.08.003.

Strasser, U., Vilsmaier, U., Prettenthaler, F., Marke, T., Steiger, R., Damm, A., Hanzer, F., Wilcke, R.A.I. and Stötter, J. (2014): Coupled component modelling for inter- and transdisciplinary climate change impact research: Dimensions of integration and examples of interface design. In: Environmental Modelling & Software 60, pp. 180–187, https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.06.014.