Ulrich Strasser

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Strasser
Alpine Hydroclimatology
Human-Environment Systems Research
Department of Geography
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52f/7
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel: +43(0)512 507 54004
Fax: +43(0)512 507 2895
Mail: ulrich.strasser@uibk.ac.at


Journal Publications


Alpine hydroclimatology
Distributed, physically based modelling of hydrological and climatological processes in high alpine regions: water balance, seasonal snow cover, snow-vegetation interaction, snow redistribution, glacier energy and mass balance, boundary layer processes, distribution of meteorological variables, radiative transfer, coupling of land surface process with regional climate models, future scenario simulations.

Human-Environment System Research
Interaction of human and natural systems, climate change, transdisciplinary modelling and scenario generation, model coupling, interface of natural sciences and socio-economy, environmental monitoring of high alpine environments, remote sensing, stochastic weather generators, data assimilation, assessment of variabilities in space and time and their uncertainty, scaling issues, regionalization, model performance optimization.


Hydrology, Snow hydrology, Climatology, Hydroclimatological modelling, Environmental monitoring and management, Glaciology, Climate Change, Global Change


Strategic Scientific Officer alpS Centre for Climate Change Adaptation (2012-2017)
Original member Climate Change Center Austria (CCCA), Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI)
Vice coordinator LTSER Platform Tyrolean Alps
Coordinating lead author APCC (2012-2014)
Controller Austrian Geographieverband (2009-2011)
International cooperator IP3 (2008-2011)
Co-Convenor of several sessions at EGU

Reviewer of institutions: Kommission für Glaziologie (Bayer. Akademie der Wiss., München), Climate Change Service Centre (Hamburg), Helmholtz Gemeinschaft (IMK-IFU Garmisch-Partenkirchen).

Reviewer of research programs: DFG German Research Association, ÖAW Austrian Academy of Sciences, SNF Swiss National Science Foundation, ANSF U.S. National Science Foundation, Autonomous Province of Bolzano – Alto Adige, OeAD/bmwfw, Österr. Nationalbank, Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds.

Reviewer of international journal publications: Advances in Geosciences, Annals of Glaciology, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, Climate Research, Cold Regions Science and Technology, Earth Systems Science Data, Fennia – International Journal of Geography, GAIA, Geoscientific Model Development, Hydrological Processes, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Hydrology Research, IAHS Hydrology Red Books, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IJPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmosphere), Journal of Glaciology, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Mountain Research and Development, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Remote Sensing of Environment, The Cryosphere, Water Resources Research, Zeitschrift für Gletscherkunde und Glazialgeologie.

Profession and education

Since 2012
Professor for Human-Environment System Research at the Department of Geography (University of Innsbruck). Chief Scientific Officer of alpS – Centre for Climate Change Adaptation (Innsbruck, -2017). Member Scientific Steering Group INARCH. Vice coordinator of the LTSER platform ‚Tyrolean Alps’. Coordination of the third-party funded projects KarstNPB, MUSICALS A, CC-Snow II, STELLA, MUSICALS II, HydroGeM3. Cooperation in the third-party funded projects SNOWPAT.at, hiSNOW, BIAS II, CRYOMON-SciPro and PROSNOW. Coordination of the ‚Rofental’ research catchment and respective LTSER activities; Member of several committees.

Professor for Physical Geography at the Institute for Geography and Regional Science (University of Graz). Member of the University Senat, Research Dean of the Faculty, Member of the Faculty board, Vice director of the Institute (-2011), Member of the Wegener Center board, Speaker of the Professor curia of the Faculty board. Coordination of the third-party funded projects KarstNPB, CC-Snow, and MUSICALS; cooperation in the third-party funded projects SnowNPB, AlpinRiskGP, GlacierMEMO, FreyEx, IP3, ICT-Ensure and Alp-Water-Scarce; coordination of the snow hydrological investigations in the Berchtesgaden National Park and the ‘Integrative Cooperation Platform John’s Creek Valley’ activities. Member in the Committees: Berufungskommissionen (LehrerInnenbildung und Schulforschung, Hydrogeologie, Humangeographie, Physische Geograpie, Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement, Ingenieurgeodäsie und Messsysteme); Habilitationskommissionen (Geographie), Curricula-Kommissionen (Geographie, USW, Doktorat URBI); Arbeitsgruppen (NAWI/ESES, Vergleichbarkeit von Forschungsleistungen, Runder Tisch Forschung); Doctoral School Geography.

Scientific Assistant at the Department of Geography (University of Munich). Coordination of the BrahmaTwinn project, coordination of the snow hydrological investigations and the GIS project in the Berchtesgaden National Park, participation in the SnowMIP2 project, international cooperation with the IP3 project, edition of the Alpine*Snow*Workshop proceedings. Habilitation with the thesis “Physically based modelling of the mountain snow cover”.

Scientific Cooperator at the Department of Geography (University of Munich). Coordination of the GLOWA-Danube project and the snow hydrological investigations in the Berchtesgaden National Park, organization of the Alpine*Snow*Workshop.

Scientific Assistant at the Institute for Hydromechanics and Water Resources Management (ETH Zürich). Coordination of the Arolla project (“Effects of climatic fluctuations on runoff production and water resources management in highly glacierized alpine basins”), coordination of the GLIMS project (“Global Land Ice Monitoring from Space”), development of the distributed, physically based snow cover model for high mountain regions AMUNDSEN.

Visiting Scientist at the Centre d’Etudes de la Neige (Meteo-France, Grenoble). Snow hydrological modelling for the Durance catchment (GEWEX-Rhone project), development of the physically based snow model ESCIMO, participation at the SnowMIP Project.

Software-engineering at OBERMEYER Planen+Beraten (Munich). Development of the software package “DGM90”, coordination of a company-wide GIS working Team.

Ph.D. in Natural Sciences (University of Munich) with the thesis “Regionalisierung des Wasserhaushalts mit einem SVAT-Modell am Beispiel des Weser-Einzugsgebiets”.

Diploma in Physical Geography (University of Munich) with the diploma thesis “Hochwassermodellierung im Wimbachtal/Nationalpark Berchtesgaden”.