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The evolution of mountain permafrost in Switzerland

Applicant Hauck Christian
Number 136279
Funding scheme Sinergia
Research institution Unité de Géographie Département des Géosciences Université de Fribourg
Institution of higher education University of Fribourg - FR
Main discipline Hydrology, Limnology, Glaciology
Start/End 01.11.2011 - 30.04.2015
Approved amount 1'413'736.00
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All Disciplines (4)

Discipline
Hydrology, Limnology, Glaciology
Geomorphology
Climatology. Atmospherical Chemistry, Aeronomy
Geophysics

Keywords (11)

mountain permafrost; climate change impact; subsurface ice content; Regional Climate Model downscaling; geophysical monitoring; photogrammetry; laser scanning; permafrost process modelling; ground temperatures; landform-specific sensitivity; Electrical Resistivity Tomography

Lay Summary (English)

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The Evolution of Mountain Permafrost in Switzerland (TEMPS) 

Permafrost, defined as lithospheric material whose temperature remains below 0 °C for two or more consecutive years, occurs in many high-mountain regions of the European Alps. In the context of anticipated climatic changes, permafrost degradation and associated ground deformation and instabilities could occur. To evaluate the sensitivity of mountain permafrost to climatic changes and to assess its future evolution, not only climatic variables such as air temperature, radiation and timing and duration of snow cover have to be considered, but also subsurface characteristics such as ground temperature, ice content, porosity and thermal and hydraulic properties.

Permafrost monitoring in the Swiss Alps started only 1-2 decades ago, but currently comprises a large set of meteorological, geophysical, kinematic and ground thermal parameters at a large variety of field sites, e.g. within the national permafrost monitoring network PERMOS. The project TEMPS will analyse and integrate these high-mountain observations with model simulations using a dynamic process-oriented permafrost model. In combination with results from Regional Climate Model simulations, TEMPS aims to create plausible evolution scenarios of mountain permafrost at specific sites and will investigate the interactions between atmosphere and permafrost focusing on the evolution of ground temperature, ice content and related degradation and creep processes.

The overall objective of the new Sinergia project TEMPS is to improve the understanding of the vulnerability of mountain permafrost regions to climate changes and assess the potential impact at different field sites in the Swiss Alps. The project includes collaborating scientists from a variety of different fields, including atmospheric and cryospheric sciences, geomorphology, geophysics, geography and remote sensing.

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Publications

Publication
Estimating Non-Conductive Heat Flow Leading to Intra-Permafrost Talik Formation at the Ritigraben Rock Glacier (Western Swiss Alps)
Luethi Rachel, Phillips Marcia, Lehning Michael (2017), Estimating Non-Conductive Heat Flow Leading to Intra-Permafrost Talik Formation at the Ritigraben Rock Glacier (Western Swiss Alps), in Permafrost and Periglac. Process, 28(1), 183-194.
Factors Controlling Velocity Variations at Short-Term, Seasonal and Multiyear Time Scales, Ritigraben Rock Glacier, Western Swiss Alps
Kenner Robert, Phillips Marcia, Beutel Jan, Hiller Martin, Limpach Philippe, Pointner Eric, Volken Martin (2017), Factors Controlling Velocity Variations at Short-Term, Seasonal and Multiyear Time Scales, Ritigraben Rock Glacier, Western Swiss Alps, in Permafrost and Periglac. Process, 28(4), 675-684.
Gap-filling algorithm for ground surface temperature data measured in permafrost and periglacial environments
Staub Benno, Hasler Andreas, Noetzli Jeannette, Delaloye Reynald (2017), Gap-filling algorithm for ground surface temperature data measured in permafrost and periglacial environments, in Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 28(1), 275-285.
New insights on permafrost genesis and conservation in talus slopes based on observations at Flüelapass, Eastern Switzerland
Kenner Robert, Phillips Marcia, Hauck Christian, Hilbich Christin, Mulsow Christian, Bühler Yves, Stoffel Andreas, Buchroithner Manfred (2017), New insights on permafrost genesis and conservation in talus slopes based on observations at Flüelapass, Eastern Switzerland, in Geomorphology, 290, 101-113.
Resolution capacity of geophysical monitoring regarding permafrost degradation induced by hydrological processes
Mewes Benjamin, Hilbich Christin, Delaloye Reynald, Hauck Christian (2017), Resolution capacity of geophysical monitoring regarding permafrost degradation induced by hydrological processes, in The Cryosphere, 11, 2957-2974.
Using Near-Surface Ground Temperature Data to Derive Snow Insulation and Melt Indices for Mountain Permafrost Applications
Staub Benno, Delaloye Reynald (2017), Using Near-Surface Ground Temperature Data to Derive Snow Insulation and Melt Indices for Mountain Permafrost Applications, in Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 28(1), 237-248.
Semi-automated calibration method for modelling of mountain permafrost evolution in Switzerland
Marmy Antoine, Rajczak Jan, Delaloye Reynald, Hilbich Christin, Hoelzle Martin, Kotlarski Sven, Lambiel Christophe, Noetzli Jeannette, Phillips Marcia, Salzmann Nadine, Staub Benno, Hauck Christian (2016), Semi-automated calibration method for modelling of mountain permafrost evolution in Switzerland, in The Cryosphere, 10, 2693-2719.
Borehole logging in alpine periglacial talus slopes (Valais, Swiss Alps)
Scapozza C., Lambiel C., Baron L. (2015), Borehole logging in alpine periglacial talus slopes (Valais, Swiss Alps), in Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 26, 67-83.
Furrow-and-ridge morphology on rockglaciers explained by gravity-driven buckle folding: A case study from the Murtèl rockglacier (Switzerland)
Frehner M., Ling Hui Mee A., Gärtner-Roer I. (2015), Furrow-and-ridge morphology on rockglaciers explained by gravity-driven buckle folding: A case study from the Murtèl rockglacier (Switzerland), in Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 26, 57-66.
Ground temperature variations in a talus slope influenced by permafrost: a comparison of field observations and model simulations
Staub B, Marmy A, Hauck C, Hilbich C, Delaloye R (2015), Ground temperature variations in a talus slope influenced by permafrost: a comparison of field observations and model simulations, in Geogr. Helv., 70, 45-62.
Ice loss and slope stability in high-mountain regions
Deline P, Gruber S, Delaloye R, Fischer L, Geertsema M, Giardino M, Hasler A, Kirkbride M, Krautblatter M, Magnin F, McColl S, Ravanel L, Schoeneich P (2015), Ice loss and slope stability in high-mountain regions, in Shroder J (ed.), Academic Press, Boston, 521.
The elevation dependency of 21st century European climate change: An RCM ensemble perspective
Kotlarski S, Lüthi D, Schär C (2015), The elevation dependency of 21st century European climate change: An RCM ensemble perspective, in International Journal of Climatology.
The Influence of Surface Characteristics, Topography, and Continentality on Mountain Permafrost in British Columbia
Hasler A, Geertsema M, Foord V, Gruber S, Noetzli J (2015), The Influence of Surface Characteristics, Topography, and Continentality on Mountain Permafrost in British Columbia, in The Cryosphere, 9, 1025-1038.
Thermal characteristics of permafrost in the steep alpine rock walls of the Aiguille du Midi (Mont Blanc Massif, 3842 m a.s.l)
Magnin F, Deline P, Ravanel L, Noetzli J, Pogliotti P (2015), Thermal characteristics of permafrost in the steep alpine rock walls of the Aiguille du Midi (Mont Blanc Massif, 3842 m a.s.l), in The Cryosphere, 9, 109-121.
21st Century Climate Change in the European Alps - A Review
Gobiet A., Kotlarski S., Beniston M., Heinrich G., Rajczak J., Stoffel M. (2014), 21st Century Climate Change in the European Alps - A Review, in Science of the Total Environment, 493, 1138-1151.
A two-sided approach to estimate heat transfer processes within the active layer of the Murtèl–Corvatsch rock glacier
Scherler M., Schneider S., Hoelzle M., Hauck C. (2014), A two-sided approach to estimate heat transfer processes within the active layer of the Murtèl–Corvatsch rock glacier, in Earth Surf. Dynam. , 2, 141-154.
Accuracy assessment of airborne photogrammetrically derived high-resolution digital elevation models in a high mountain environment
Mueller Johann, Gaertner-Roer Isabelle, Thee Patrick, Ginzler Christian (2014), Accuracy assessment of airborne photogrammetrically derived high-resolution digital elevation models in a high mountain environment, in ISPRS JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAMMETRY AND REMOTE SENSING, 98, 58-69.
Assessing the rock glacier kinematics on three different timescales: a case study from the southern Swiss Alps
Scapozza Cristian, Lambiel Christophe, Bozzini Claudio, Mari Stefano, Conedera Marco (2014), Assessing the rock glacier kinematics on three different timescales: a case study from the southern Swiss Alps, in EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS, 39(15), 2056-2069.
Monitoring of high alpine mass movements combining laser scanning with digital airborne photogrammetry
Kenner R., Buehler Y., Delaloye R., Ginzler C., Phillips M. (2014), Monitoring of high alpine mass movements combining laser scanning with digital airborne photogrammetry, in GEOMORPHOLOGY, 206, 492-504.
Projected changes in precipitation intensity and frequency in Switzerland: a multi-model perspective
Fischer AM, Keller DE, Liniger MA, Rajczak J, Schär C, Apenzeller C (2014), Projected changes in precipitation intensity and frequency in Switzerland: a multi-model perspective, in International Journal of Climatology.
Sediment storage and transfer on a periglacial mountain slope (Corvatsch, Switzerland)
Mueller Johann, Gaertner-Roer Isabelle, Kenner Robert, Thee Patrick, Morche David (2014), Sediment storage and transfer on a periglacial mountain slope (Corvatsch, Switzerland), in GEOMORPHOLOGY, 218, 35-44.
Simulating high-latitude permafrost regions by the JSBACH terrestrial ecosystem model
Ekici A., Beer C., Hagemann S., Boike J., Langer M., Hauck C. (2014), Simulating high-latitude permafrost regions by the JSBACH terrestrial ecosystem model, in GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 7(2), 631-647.
Site-level model intercomparison of high latitude and high altitude soil thermal dynamics in tundra and barren landscapes
Ekici A, Chadburn S, Chaudhary N, Hajdu LH, Marmy A, Peng S, Boike J, Burke E, Friend AD, Hauck C, Krinner G, Langer M, Miller PA, Beer C (2014), Site-level model intercomparison of high latitude and high altitude soil thermal dynamics in tundra and barren landscapes, in The Cryosphere Discuss., 8, 4959-5013.
A spatial and temporal analysis of different periglacial materials by using geoelectrical, seismic and borehole temperature data, at Murtèl-Corvatsch, Upper Engadin
Schneider S., Daengeli S., Hauck C., Hoelzle M. (2013), A spatial and temporal analysis of different periglacial materials by using geoelectrical, seismic and borehole temperature data, at Murtèl-Corvatsch, Upper Engadin, in Geogr. Helv., 68, 1-16.
Advancing and facilitating the use of RCM data in climate impacts research
Salzmann N., Kotlarski S., von Waldow H., Rajczak J. (2013), Advancing and facilitating the use of RCM data in climate impacts research, in Impacts World 2013 Conference Proceedings, Potsdam.
Alpine snow cover in a changing climate: A regional climate model perspective
Steger C., Kotlarski S., Jonas T., Schär C. (2013), Alpine snow cover in a changing climate: A regional climate model perspective, in Climate Dynamics, 41, 735-754.
Automatic filtering of ERT monitoring data in mountain permafrost
Rosset E., Hilbich C., Schneider S., Hauck C. (2013), Automatic filtering of ERT monitoring data in mountain permafrost, in Near Surface Geophysics, 11(4), 423-433.
Modeled sensitivity of two alpine permafrost sites to RCM-based climate scenarios
Scherler M., Hauck C., Hoelzle M., Salzmann N. (2013), Modeled sensitivity of two alpine permafrost sites to RCM-based climate scenarios, in J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 118, 780-794.
New concepts in geophysical surveying and data interpretation for permafrost terrain
Hauck C. (2013), New concepts in geophysical surveying and data interpretation for permafrost terrain, in Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 24, 131-137.
Permafrost model sensitivity to seasonal climatic changes and extreme events in mountainous regions
Marmy A., Salzmann N., Scherler M., Hauck C. (2013), Permafrost model sensitivity to seasonal climatic changes and extreme events in mountainous regions, in Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 035048.
Projections of extreme precipitation events in regional climate simulations for Europe and the Alpine Region
Rajczak J., Pall P., Schär C. (2013), Projections of extreme precipitation events in regional climate simulations for Europe and the Alpine Region, in J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118(9), 3610-3621.
Rock glacier degradation and instabilities in the European Alps: A characterization and monitoring experiment in the Turtmanntal
Springman S.M., Yamamoto Y., Buchli T., Hertrich M., Maurer H., Merz K., Gärtner-Roer I., Seward L. (2013), Rock glacier degradation and instabilities in the European Alps: A characterization and monitoring experiment in the Turtmanntal, in Landslide Science and Practice, 4, 5-13.
Wood anatomical analysis of Swiss willow (Salix helvetica) shrubs growing on creeping mountain permafrost
Gärtner-Roer I., Heinrich I., Gärtner H. (2013), Wood anatomical analysis of Swiss willow (Salix helvetica) shrubs growing on creeping mountain permafrost, in Dendrochronologia, 97.
Changes in European summer temperature variability revisited
Fischer EM, Rajczak J, Schar C (2012), Changes in European summer temperature variability revisited, in GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 39, L19702.
Elevation gradients of European climate change in the regional climate model COSMO-CLM
Kotlarski S, Bosshard T, Luthi D, Pall P, Schar C (2012), Elevation gradients of European climate change in the regional climate model COSMO-CLM, in CLIMATIC CHANGE, 112(2), 189-215.
Sediment transfer rates of two active rockglaciers in the Swiss Alps
Gartner-Roer I (2012), Sediment transfer rates of two active rockglaciers in the Swiss Alps, in GEOMORPHOLOGY, 167, 45-50.
The potential of new measurement and modelling techniques in alpine cryosphere and geomorphology research
Hauck C., Collet C., Delaloye R., Hilbich C., Hoelzle M., Huss M., Salzmann N. (2012), The potential of new measurement and modelling techniques in alpine cryosphere and geomorphology research, in Geographica Helvetica , 1-2, 26-37.
Thermal evidence of recent talik formation in Ritigraben rock glacier: Swiss Alps
Zenklusen Mutter E., Phillips M. (2012), Thermal evidence of recent talik formation in Ritigraben rock glacier: Swiss Alps, in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Permafrost, Salekhard, Russia.
Robust climate scenarios for sites with sparse observations: A two-step bias correction approach
Rajczak J, Kotlarski S, Salzmann N, Schär C, Robust climate scenarios for sites with sparse observations: A two-step bias correction approach, in International Journal of Climatology.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
KTH Stockholm, Department of Land and Water Ressources Engineering Sweden (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
University of Lisbon, Department of Geophysics Portugal (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Lisbon, Centro de Estudos Geográficos Portugal (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
COST Action VALUE (COST ES1102), www.value-cost.eu Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Stockholm, Department of Applied Environmental Science Sweden (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
CH2014-Impacts initiative (Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research / University of Berne) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Oslo / Norwegian Meteorological Institute Norway (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
University of Graz, Wegener Center Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
PERMOS Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente Valle d'Aosta (ARPA) Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
ETH Zurich, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (IAC) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Steinmann Institut, Universität Bonn, Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Geophysik Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
EGU General Assembly 2015 Talk given at a conference The Alpine snow-albedo feedback in the ENSEMBLES regional climate models 12.04.2015 Wien, Austria Salzmann Nadine; Schär Christoph; Kotlarski Sven;
TEMPS Final Symposium Poster Talik formation in a rock glacier, Ritigraben, Grächen VS 02.04.2015 Sion, Switzerland Phillips Marcia;
permAT workshop Graz 2015 Talk given at a conference Das Langzeitpermafrostmonitoring Programm PERMOS in der Schweiz: Past, Present and Future 26.02.2015 Graz, Austria Hoelzle Martin;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Multi-sites long-term modelling of mountain permafrost in Switzerland: From calibration to projection 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Marmy Antoine;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Geophysikalische Methoden zur Beobachtung von Tauprozessen und Eisgehalts- quantifizierung im Permafrost 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Hilbich Christin;
TEMPS Final Symposium Poster Technical improvement of the Four Phase Model to better assess the ice, water and air content of the underground 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Hauck Christian; Hilbich Christin;
TEMPS Final Symposium Poster SLF permafrost temperature monitoring network 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Phillips Marcia;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Rockglacier landform evolution - A modelling approach 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Müller Johann;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Systemauswahl und Konzepte für geodätische Überwachungsmessungen im Permafrost 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Kenner Robert;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Permafrost Monitoring in Switzerland: The concept of PERMOS 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Nötzli Jeannette;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Glaciers rocheux déstabilisés dans les Alpes valaisannes: Exemples et causes possibles 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Braillard Luc;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Climate scenarios for the Alpine space I: Overview 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Kotlarski Sven;
TEMPS Final Symposium Poster Analysis and mapping of mountain permafrost data: Case studies and comparison with existing models 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Lambiel Christophe; Delaloye Reynald;
TEMPS Final Symposium Poster Numerical modelling of convective heat transport by air flow in permafrost-rich talus slopes 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Wicky Jonas;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Key messages from observational mountain permafrost research 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Staub Benno;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference The TEMPS project: The evolution of mountain permafrost in Switzerland 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Hauck Christian;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Climate scenarios for the Alpine space II: Downscaling and bias correction 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Rajczak Jan;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Permafrost et glace de sous-sol dans les dépôts sédimentaires de haute montagne 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Lambiel Christophe;
TEMPS Final Symposium Talk given at a conference Le permafrost et son évolution dans les Alpes Suisse – Les résultats du projet TEMPS en regard de la pratique 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland Delaloye Reynald;
SGM Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2014 Poster Spatial and temporal variability of soil moisture in permanently frozen ground at Schilthorn (Swiss Alps) 22.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Hilbich Christin; Hauck Christian;
SGM Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2014 Poster Projections of permafrost evolution in the Swiss Alps coupling climate and soil models 22.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Kotlarski Sven; Marmy Antoine; Rajczak Jan; Hauck Christian; Salzmann Nadine;
SGM Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2014 Talk given at a conference Quantitative estimation of ice and water content in mountainous terrains using ERT and RST measurements 22.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Hauck Christian; Hilbich Christin;
SGM Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2014 Poster Long-term energy balance measurements at three different mountain permafrost sites in the Swiss Alps 22.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Hoelzle Martin; Hauck Christian;
SGM Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2014 Poster Gap filling procedures for ground surface temperature time series 22.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Nötzli Jeannette; Hasler Andreas; Staub Benno; Delaloye Reynald;
SGM Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2014 Poster Applicability of petrophysical relationships to quantify subsurface ice and water contents from geophysical measurements in mountain and polar regions 22.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Hauck Christian; Hilbich Christin;
Annual meeting of the Swiss Geophysical Commission (SGPK) 2014 Individual talk On the use of ERT, refraction seismics and GPR to study climate-induced changes of the high-mountain cryosphere 14.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Hauck Christian;
14th EMS Annual Meeting & 10th European Conference on Applied Climatology (ECAC) 2014 Talk given at a conference Robust climate scenarios for sites with sparse observations: A two-step empirical-statistical bias correction approach 06.10.2014 Prag, Czech Republic Schär Christoph; Salzmann Nadine; Kotlarski Sven; Rajczak Jan;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference Air advection processes within an active protalus rampart (Petit Mont Rouge, Arolla, Swiss Alps) 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Lambiel Christophe;
EUCOP IV 2014 Poster The influence of weather events on the thermal regime over mountain permafrost: A comparison of field observations and model simulations at the LAPIRES talus slope 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Hilbich Christin; Delaloye Reynald; Staub Benno; Marmy Antoine; Hauck Christian;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference Mountain permafrost in Switzerland: modelling of long-term evolution and sensitivity to climate change 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Hauck Christian; Marmy Antoine;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference Rockglacier Rheology – Recent developments in modeling approaches and future perspectives 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Müller Johann;
EUCOP IV 2014 Poster Organisation and analysis of temperature data measured within the Swiss Permafrost Monitoring Network (PERMOS) 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Nötzli Jeannette; Völksch Ingo;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference Diversity of occurrence and kinematical behavior of several rapidly moving destabilized rock glaciers in the Swiss Alps 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Delaloye Reynald;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference GST variations over mountain permafrost in Switzerland: Regional aspects, landform- & site-specific effects 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Hilbich Christin; Nötzli Jeannette; Staub Benno; Völksch Ingo; Hasler Andreas; Delaloye Reynald; Lambiel Christophe;
EUCOP IV 2014 Poster Rapid changes in the dynamics of an active rock glacier (Tsaté-Moiry, Swiss Alps). 4th European Conference on Permafrost 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Lambiel Christophe;
EUCOP IV 2014 Poster The sediment yield at the front of active rock glaciers, a study based on observations and field measurements conducted in the western Swiss Alps 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Delaloye Reynald; Braillard Luc;
EUCOP IV 2014 Poster Ridge and furrow formation on the Schwarzhorn and Murtèl rock glaciers 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Kenner Robert;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference Site-level model intercomparison of cold-region specific soil physics in different landscape types 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Marmy Antoine; Hauck Christian;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference Rockfall events on Pizzo Cengalo (Valle Bregaglia, Switzerland): possible triggering mechanisms 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Phillips Marcia;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference Long-term energy balance measurements at three different mountain permafrost sites in the Swiss Alps 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Hoelzle Martin; Hauck Christian;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference Fast degradation of subsurface ice at Corvatsch, Eastern Switzerland 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Gärtner-Roer Isabelle;
EUCOP IV 2014 Individual talk Monitoring ice and water content – New developments in permafrost geophysics 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Hilbich Christin; Hauck Christian;
EUCOP IV 2014 Talk given at a conference Soil water and ice content validation for permafrost models using direct and indirect measurement approaches 18.06.2014 Evora, Portugal Marmy Antoine; Hilbich Christin; Hauck Christian;
3rd Lund Regional-scale Climate Modelling Workshop 2014: 21st Century Challenges in Regional Climate Modelling Talk given at a conference The elevation dependency of 21st century European climate change in a multi-RCM ensemble 16.06.2014 Lund, Sweden Schär Christoph; Kotlarski Sven;
EGU General Assembly 2014 Talk given at a conference Regional climate modeling on European scales: A joint standard evaluation of the EURO-CORDEX RCM ensemble 27.04.2014 Wien, Austria Schär Christoph; Kotlarski Sven;
AGU Fall Meeting 2013 Individual talk Geophysical Monitoring for Validation of Transient Permafrost Models 09.12.2013 San Francisco, United States of America Marmy Antoine; Hilbich Christin; Hauck Christian;
GELMON International workshop on geoelectrical monitoring Talk given at a conference Automatic ERT monitoring in permafrost areas: logistical challenges and high-resolution process analysis 03.12.2013 Wien, Austria Hilbich Christin;
GELMON International workshop on geoelectrical monitoring Poster Data error quantification for improved time-lapse ERT monitoring of Alpine permafrost 03.12.2013 Wien, Austria Hilbich Christin;
AK Permafrost Talk given at a conference The evolution of mountain permafrost in Switzerland (TEMPS) 25.10.2013 Salzburg, Austria Hauck Christian;
Deutscher Geographentag, Passau Talk given at a conference Transferraten und Energiebilanzen eines periglazialen Sedimentsystems im Hochgebirge 02.10.2013 Passau, Germany Müller Johann;
DACH Meteorologentagung 2013 Talk given at a conference 21st century climate change in the European Alps – A review 02.09.2013 Innsbruck, Austria Kotlarski Sven;
8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology Talk given at a conference Sediment transfer and geomorphic work on a periglacial mountain slope 27.08.2013 Paris, France Müller Johann;
8th International Conference on Geomorphology (IAG) Poster Joint analysis of rock glacier kinematics and complementary permafrost monitoring elements observed in the Swiss Alps 27.08.2013 Paris, France Staub Benno;
8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology Talk given at a conference Permafrost landforms in the Tröllaskagi peninsula, northern Iceland –implications for the deglaciation pattern 27.08.2013 Paris, France Gärtner-Roer Isabelle;
8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology Talk given at a conference Identification of geomorphic and climatic controls on degradation of Alpine rockglaciers 27.08.2013 Paris, France Gärtner-Roer Isabelle;
Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-13 Talk given at a conference Organisation and analysis of temperature data measured within the Swiss Permafrost Monitoring Network (PERMOS) 08.07.2013 Davos, Switzerland Nötzli Jeannette;
Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-13 Talk given at a conference The representation of current and future mountain snow cover by state-of-the-art regional climate models 08.07.2013 Davos, Switzerland Kotlarski Sven;
Davos Atmosphere and Cryopshere Assembly DACA-13 Talk given at a conference The TEMPS project – the evolution of mountain permafrost in Switzerland 08.07.2013 Davos, Switzerland Hauck Christian;
Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-13 Talk given at a conference Projections of extreme precipitation events in regional climate simulations for Europe and the Alpine region 08.07.2013 Davos, Switzerland Rajczak Jan;
Annual meeting of the Swiss Geomorphological Society Talk given at a conference Combining observation- and model-based methods in mountain permafrost research 26.06.2013 Basel, Switzerland Staub Benno;
SGmG Conference “Experiments in Geosciences” Talk given at a conference Combining observation- and model-based research to assess the sensitivity of mountain permafrost to meteorological events and climate change 26.06.2013 Basel, Switzerland Staub Benno;
SGmG Conference “Experiments in Geosciences” Talk given at a conference Current debris flow events in the Bielzug originating from the Gugla rock glacier 26.06.2013 Basel, Switzerland Delaloye Reynald;
SGmG Conference “Experiments in Geosciences” Poster Application of buckle folding theory to the development of transverse ridges on a rockglacier 26.06.2013 Basel, Switzerland Gärtner-Roer Isabelle;
CH-AT Gebirgstage Poster Application of buckle folding theory to the development of transverse ridges on a rockglacier 11.06.2013 Mittersill, Switzerland Gärtner-Roer Isabelle;
CH-AT Gebirgstage Poster Permafrost kinematics from highresolution stereo photogrammetry – applications and restrictions 11.06.2013 Mittersill, Austria Müller Johann;
Institute's seminar at Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo Individual talk Geophysical monitoring of permafrost evolution in Switzerland and Norway 07.06.2013 Oslo, Norway Hilbich Christin;
6th International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Research (ICWRER) Talk given at a conference The EURO-CORDEX initiative: A new generation of regional climate scenarios for Europe 03.06.2013 Koblenz, Germany Kotlarski Sven;
IMPACTS WORLD 2013, International conference on climate change effects Talk given at a conference Advancing and facilitating the use of RCM data in climate impacts research 27.05.2013 Potsdam, Germany Salzmann Nadine;
Institute's seminar at University of Oslo, Department of Geography Individual talk On the sensitivity of different mountain permafrost occurrences to climate change 24.05.2013 Oslo, Norway Hauck Christian;
EGU (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly 2013 Poster Application of buckle folding theory to the development of transverse ridges on a rockglacier. 07.04.2013 Vienna, Austria Gärtner-Roer Isabelle;
EGU (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly 2013 Poster Permafrost kinematics from high resolution stereophotogrammetry – application and restrictions 07.04.2013 Vienna, Austria Müller Johann;
EGU General Assembly 2013 Poster 10-15 years of GST monitoring over mountain permafrost in Switzerland: Indicators for driving forces for permafrost evolution 07.04.2013 Vienna, Austria Staub Benno;
EGU General Assembly 2013 Poster Sensitivity study and uncertainties assessment of the permafrost model for the Swiss Alps 07.04.2013 Vienna, Austria Marmy Antoine;
Institute's seminar at Department of Geophysics, University of Lisbon Individual talk Geophysical monitoring of permafrost evolution in the Swiss Alps 22.02.2013 Lisbon, Portugal Hilbich Christin;
10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting (SGM) Poster Geophysically based estimations of rock/air/ice/water contents and validation with ground truth data at three alpine permafrost sites 17.11.2012 Bern, Switzerland Hilbich Christin;
10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting (SGM) Poster The evolution of ground surface temperatures and rock glacier dynamics in the Furggentälti Valley (Gemmi, VS) 17.11.2012 Bern, Switzerland Staub Benno;
10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting (SGM) Talk given at a conference On the sensitivity of different mountain permafrost occurrences to climate change 17.11.2012 Bern, Switzerland Hauck Christian;
10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting (SGM) Poster Towards an integrative analysis of mountain permafrost monitoring elements 17.11.2012 Bern, Switzerland Delaloye Reynald;
Institute's seminar at Institue for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, ETH Zurich Individual talk Soil moisture measurements and modelling in low and high mountain regions 14.11.2012 Zürich, Switzerland Hauck Christian;
1st VALUE training school "Introduction to Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling" Talk given at a conference Postprocessing and visualization tools 06.11.2012 Santander, Spain Rajczak Jan;
Deutsche Klimatagung Talk given at a conference Klimasensitivität des Permafrostes im Hochgebirge 09.10.2012 Freiburg, Germany Hauck Christian;
SEDIBUD Workshop “Towards an integrated analysis of environmental drivers and rates of contemporary solute and sedimentary fluxes in changing cold climate environments” Talk given at a conference On the performance of airborne digital elevation models in high mountain environments 10.09.2012 Trondheim, Norway, Norway Müller Johann;
SEDIBUD Workshop “Towards an integrated analysis of environmental drivers and rates of contemporary solute and sedimentary fluxes in changing cold climate environments” Talk given at a conference Sediment transfer on a periglacial mountain slope 10.09.2012 Trondheim, Norway Gärtner-Roer Isabelle;
Symposium Deciphering River Flood Change Poster Extreme precipitation events in regional climate projections for the European and Alpine Region 03.09.2012 Vienna, Austria, Austria Rajczak Jan;
10th International Conference on Permafrost Talk given at a conference Thermal evidence of recent talik formation in Ritigraben rock glacier: Swiss Alps 25.06.2012 Salekhard, Russia Phillips Marcia; Zenklusen Mutter Evelyn;
General Assembly of the European Geoscience Union (EGU) Talk given at a conference How accurate can we be? – An evaluation of airborne digital elevation models in a high mountain environment 22.04.2012 Vienna, Austria, Austria Müller Johann;
EGU General Assembly 2012 Poster Characteristics of the thermal regime in steep bedrock permafrost in the European Alps described by borehole temperatures and heat conduction modeling 22.04.2012 Wien, Austria Nötzli Jeannette;
EGU General Assembly 2012 Poster Thermal regime in steep permafrost rockwalls (Aiguille du Midi, 3842 m a.s.l., Mont Blanc massif) based on borehole data and 2D numerical modelling 22.04.2012 Wien, Austria Nötzli Jeannette;
International Conference on End User Needs for Regional Climate Change Scenarios Talk given at a conference The use of RCM results for impact modeling in alpine cryospheric environments 07.03.2012 Kiel, Germany, Germany Salzmann Nadine;
BGA Cryospheric Geophysics meeting of the Geological Society of London Talk given at a conference Geophysical monitoring of permafrost in the context of climate change. The geophysics of the cryosphere and glacial products 09.02.2012 London, Great Britain, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Hauck Christian;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
bi-annual TEMPS Meeting 22.04.2015 Fribourg, Switzerland
Field trip of TEMPS Final Symposium 06.02.2015 Bec de Bosson, Switzerland
TEMPS Final Symposium 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland
bi-annual TEMPS Meeting 09.01.2015 Kappeln, Switzerland
TEMPS Rock glacier modelling workshop 07.11.2014 Mogelsberg, Switzerland
Field trip P4 "Swiss Alps (Zermatt Valley)" for the 8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology 2013 27.08.2014 Zermatt, Switzerland
TEMPS-C2SM RCM Workshop 04.06.2014 Zürich, Switzerland
EGU 2014 Session: “Open Session Permafrost" 27.04.2014 Wien, Austria
TEMPS workshop on the Determination of ice, water and air contents in mountain permafrost with geophysical methods 09.04.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland
Joint SEP/TEMPS workshop on "Measuring temperatures in the cryosphere" 03.06.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland
PERMOS Scientific committee meeting 13.05.2013 Zürich, Switzerland
bi-annual TEMPS meeting 16.04.2013 Montezillon, Switzerland
EGU 2013 Session: “Open Session Permafrost" 07.04.2013 Wien, Austria
TEMPS-C2SM RCM Workshop 04.02.2013 Zürich, Switzerland
PERMOS Scientific committee meeting 17.12.2012 Zürich, Switzerland
10th International Conference on Permafrost 25.06.2012 Salekhard, Russia, Russia
EGU 2012 Session: “Open Session Permafrost" 22.04.2012 Wien, Austria
International Conference on End User Needs for Regional Climate Change Scenarios 07.03.2012 Kiel, Germany, Germany
Annual PERMOS Scientific Commitee Meeting 24.11.2011 Zurich, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
BAFU/MeteoSwiss Workshop “Anpassung an den Klimawandel” Talk 08.08.2014 Zürich, Switzerland


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Field trip of the TEMPS Final Symposium (Bec des Bosson rock glacier) 06.02.2015 Bec de Bosson, Switzerland
TEMPS Final Symposium 04.02.2015 Sion, Switzerland
Meeting with Schilthornbahn 07.12.2012 Mürren, Switzerland
Meeting with Televerbier SA, Telenendaz SA and the municipalities of Bagnes and Nendaz: "Evolution du glacier de Tortin et de la moraine des Gentianes : 10 ans d'étude" 15.02.2012 Verbier/Nendaz, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Festival du film vert: Table ronde Adaptation au changement climatique en Valais Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Les mouvements du sol gelé s’accélèrent (Delaloye) Le Temps Western Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Café Scientifique, Uni Fribourg: "Catastrophes naturelles: prévision, protection et reconstruction Western Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions CAS Tramelan, Conférence publique (Delaloye) Western Switzerland 2014
Media relations: radio, television Interview in “A l’ombre du baobab” (Delaloye/Marmy) Radio Fribourg Western Switzerland 2014
Media relations: radio, television Au Schilthorn, dans dix ou vingt ans La Liberté Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Christophe Lambiel lit la glace Terre et Nature Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Forscher der Universität Freiburg sagen voraus, wann der Permafrost schmilzt Freiburger Nachrichten Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media La montagne va-t-elle nous tomber sur la tête? EchoMagazine Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Projections of extreme precipitations in Europe and the Alpine region C2SM Newsletter, Vol. 11 International 2013
Media relations: radio, television Surveiller le pergélisol alpin (Delaloye) RSR1 Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media UNIFR: il y a permafrost et permafrost Le temps Western Switzerland 2013
Other activities Wenn die Alpenhänge schmelzen Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: radio, television Einstein 'Permafrost-Schwund in den Alpen' SF1 German-speaking Switzerland 2012
Media relations: radio, television Le permafrost, terme désignant un sol gelé en permanence au-dessus de 2500 mètres, est victime d'éro TSR INFO Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: radio, television Quand la montagne s'effrite RTS Western Switzerland 2012

Awards

Title Year
VALUE training school fellowship (“Introduction to Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling” 2012

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
178963 Improving Temporal and Spatial Estimates of Solid Precipitation and Accumulation in High Mountain Regions (High-SPA) 01.05.2018 Project funding (Div. I-III)
121868 Mountain Cryosphere Subgrid Parameterization and Computation (CRYOSUB) 01.05.2009 Project funding (Div. I-III)
143325 Soil moisture in mountainous terrain and its influence on the thermal regime in seasonal and permanently frozen terrain 01.03.2013 Project funding (Div. I-III)
128643 NCCR Climate: Climate variability, predictability and climate risks (phase III) 01.04.2009 National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs)
178628 The 2°C target in the Alps - An Experience in Virtual Reality 01.05.2018 Agora
147495 Quantification of ice content in mountain permafrost based on geophysical data and simulated annealing 01.02.2013 International short research visits
131995 Hydrological modelling for climate-change impact assessment based on Regional Climate Model results 01.06.2011 Project funding (Div. I-III)
119854 Distribution and structure of permafrost in alpine talus slopes 01.06.2008 Project funding (Div. I-III)
157774 Terrestrial Laser Scanner for snow and permafrost research 01.01.2015 R'EQUIP
152924 Analysis and modelling of the mountain permafrost distribution using machine learning 01.06.2014 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

Permafrost, defined as lithospheric material whose temperature remains below 0 °C for two or more consecutive years, occurs in many high-mountain regions of the European Alps. To evaluate the sensitivity of mountain perma-frost to climatic changes and to assess its future evolution, not only climatic variables such as air temperature, radia-tion and timing and duration of snow cover have to be considered, but also subsurface characteristics such as ground temperature, ice content, porosity or hydraulic properties. Permafrost monitoring in the Swiss Alps started only 1-2 decades ago, but currently comprises a large set of meteorological, geophysical, kinematic and ground thermal parameters at a large variety of field sites. The project TEMPS will integrate and analyse this data set for the first time and combine the observations with simulations using a dynamic process-oriented permafrost model. In combination with results from Regional Climate Model ensembles, TEMPS aims to create plausible evolution scenar-ios of mountain permafrost at specific sites and will investigate the interactions between atmosphere and permafrost focusing on the evolution of ground temperature, ice content and related degradation and creep processes. The overall objective of TEMPS is to improve the understanding of the vulnerability of mountain permafrost regions to climate change and assess the potential impact at different field sites in the Swiss Alps.
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