Michael Warscher

Dr. Michael Warscher
Alpine Hydroclimatology
Department of Geography
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52f/7
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel: +43(0)512 507 54010
Mail: michael.warscher@uibk.ac.at


Journal Publications


Hydrological modelling and regional water balance in complex terrain, climate change impact on terrestrial hydrology, dynamical downscaling: high-resolution regional atmospheric simulations on decadal and climate time scales, model coupling atmosphere – land surface, distributed snow and hydrological modelling in alpine catchments, model development: cryospheric processes in mountain regions, meteorological and snow observation systems, isotope hydrology, parallel computing on high performance cluster systems.


Snow hydrology, Catchment Hydrology, Climatology, Physical Geography, Regional climate and hydrological modelling, Hydrometeorological measurement systems, Data processing and analysis, Programming techniques (IDL, R, NCL, CDO, NCO, Shell-Scripting, Java, Python, SQL), Excursions (alpine hydroclimatology).


Reviewer for international journals: Journal of Hydrology, Geoscientific Model Development, Journal of Hydrometeorology, The Cryosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, Advances in Water Resources, Science of the Total Environment, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

Scientific award: “Wissenschaftspreis 2017 Nationalparks Austria“.

Profession and education

Since 2018
University Assistant / Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography, University of Innsbruck (Austria).

Post Doc at the University of Augsburg, Chair for Regional Climate and Hydrology, project BIAS II: IPCC-AR5 Klimaszenarien (RCPs) zur hydrologischen Klimaimpaktanalyse: Synthese hochaufgelöster Regionalisierung, multivariater stochastischer Biaskorrektur und optimierter hydrologischer Modell- und Prozessanalyse am Beispiel Nationalpark Berchtesgaden (funded by StMUV).

Post Doc at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, project DEPARTURE: Decadal Prediction of African Rainfall and Atlantic Hurricane Activity, part of MiKlip: Mittelfristige Klimaprognosen (funded by BMBF).

PhD student at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (Campus Alpin) – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (IMK-IFU, KIT), project WaterNPB / SnowNPB: Berchtesgaden National Park: Snow Cover Dynamics and Water Balance (funded by Nationalparkverwaltung Berchtesgaden), Dr. rer. nat. at the University of Augsburg, dissertation: „Performance of Complex Snow Cover Descriptions in a Distributed Hydrological Model System and Simulation of Future Snow Cover and Discharge Characteristics – A Case Study for the High Alpine Terrain of the Berchtesgaden Alps“ (2015).

Studies of (physical) geography, minors: remote sensing and physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, diploma thesis: „Ein numerisches Experiment zur Simulation von Schneeinterzeptionsprozessen im virtuellen Bergwald”.