My research interests are broad and varied, and I particularly like to mix and merge
methods and models across disciplines. Here are some of the
topics I am interested into:
Climate controls on glacier mass-balance
Figure: monthly mass-balance of the Shallap Glacier (Peru) at 4750 m a.s.l as
computed by a statistical model linking the large scale atmospheric circulation to the
local glacier surface energy and mass balance (Maussion et al., 2015)
Maussion et al., 2015; Mölg et al., 2012; Mölg et al., 2014 Glaciological modeling at regional and global scales
Figure: Example of the OGGM pre-processing workflow applied to the Tasman glacier, New
Zealand: (a) definition of a local map and computation of the center lines; (b) computation of
the glacier geometrical widths; (c) inversion of the glacier thickness using a mass-conservation
and ice-flow modelling approach; (d) spatial interpolation of the ice thickness.
Relevant publications: Maussion et al., 2018; Farinotti et al., 2017 Climate of the Tibetan Plateau
Left: map of the Tibetan Plateau with glacier outlines and location
of the few weather stations available (Maussion et al., 2014). Middle: atmospheric
water transport towards the Tibetan Plateau in July plotted along cross-sections
of the Himalayas (Curio et al., 2015). Right: Wind vectors and geopotential
height in July as computed by the
(Maussion et al., 2014).
Maussion et al., 2014; Curio et al., 2015 Dynamical downscaling with the WRF model
Left: typical downscaling set-up with three nested domains (Collier et al., 2015).
Middle: skill score of three 7-day-long simulations with various forcing strategies (Maussion et al., 2011).
Right: simulated precipitation at different spatial resolutions (Maussion et al., 2011).
Maussion et al., 2011;
Maussion et al., 2014;
Collier et al., 2013;
Collier et al., 2015 Interdisciplinary approaches
Left: ice cover duration for several lakes on the TP obtained
from remote sensing data (Kropáček et al., 2013). Middle: monthly lake Level
changes as observed and as simulated by a modelling tool combining atmospheric
and hydrological models (Biskop et al., 2016). Right: mean shear velocities
(colour scale) and wind direction and speed over the Tibetan Plateau in summer
illustrate the complex patterns of sediment transport into selected tibetan lakes
(Dietze et al., 2014).
Kropáček et al., 2013;
Biskop et al., 2016;
Dietze et al., 2014;
Huintjes et al., 2015;
Spieß et al., 2015 Open science
I am fascinated by the opportunities offered by sharing our data and methods
more efficiently and more transparently.
I am an enthusiast
and most of the research data and the publications I contributed to
are open access. Research projects: