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September 18, 2020

Former member wins prestigious inaugural Postdoc award of the German Society for Geomorphology

Günther Prasicek wins the pretigious inaugural Post award of the German Society for Geomorphology. Günther did his PhD in our Group and currently works as PostDoc at the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics at the University of Lausanne. He was awarded for his research activities in glacial landscape evolution looking at the interactions of climate and tectonics.

We congratulate Günther on this award!

September 16, 2020

ESurf Highlight Papers

Two new publications by our colleague and PhD candidate Ingo Hartmeyer from Georesearch have been classified as highlight articles be the journal Earth Surface Dynamics.

8 years of hard work at the Kitzsteinhorn finally paid off. Ingo produced an impressive, unique data set of rockfall volumes and frequency.

Check out his papers:

Hartmeyer, I., Delleske, R., Keuschnig, M., Krautblatter, M., Lang, A., Schrott, L., and Otto, J.-C.: Current glacier recession causes significant rockfall increase: the immediate paraglacial response of deglaciating cirque walls, Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 729–751,, 2020.

Hartmeyer, I., Keuschnig, M., Delleske, R., Krautblatter, M., Lang, A., Schrott, L., Prasicek, G., and Otto, J.-C.: A 6-year lidar survey reveals enhanced rockwall retreat and modified rockfall magnitudes/frequencies in deglaciating cirques, Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 753–768,, 2020.

April 13, 2020

Activities at the EGU 2020

We will actively participate in the EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20) meeting. It brings part of the activities of the EGU General Assembly 2020 online. From 4 to 8 May 2020 (CEST) everyone can join us online. Our contributions can be found in these sessions:

GU2020-19789 | Displays | GM4.2/NH3.18/SSP3.13 | Highlight Sediment discharge from alpine glaciers in times of increased melt – an example from the Austrian Alps
Jan-Christoph Otto, Vinzenz Walk, Erwin Heine, and Markus Keuschnig
Thu, 07 May, 16:15–18:00 | D1128

EGU2020-20468 | Displays | NH6.3 Quantifying the influence of low vegetation on vertical uncertainties of 3D point clouds derived from UAV-based ground surface measurements
Sebastian Fischer, Anne Hormes, Marc S. Adams, Thomas Zieher, Magnus Bremer, Martin Rutzinger, and Jan-Christoph Otto
Fri, 08 May, 16:15–18:00 | D1719

EGU2020-17857 | Displays | GM3.4/HS9.7 Quantification of biogeomorphic interactions between small-scale sediment transport and primary succession in the Gepatschferner glacier foreland, Austria
Stefan Haselberger, Lisa Maria Ohler, Robert R. Junker, Jan-Christoph Otto, and Sabine Kraushaar
Thu, 07 May, 16:15–18:00 | D1052

EGU2020-17195 | Displays | CR4.1/GM7.8 Paraglacial Cirque Headwall Instability – Regional Scale Assessment Of Preconditioning Factors
Andreas Ewald and Jan-Christoph Otto
Wed, 06 May, 10:45–12:30 | D2518

EGU2020-11955 | Displays | NH3.2/GM4.8 Paraglacial responses in deglaciating cirque walls: Implications for rockfall magnitudes/frequencies and rockwall retreat
Ingo Hartmeyer, Robert Delleske, Markus Keuschnig, Michael Krautblatter, Andreas Lang, Lothar Schrott, and Jan-Christoph Otto
Thu, 07 May, 14:00–15:45 | D1803

EGU2020-7116 | Displays | SSS3.4/CL1.32/SSP1.7 Ending the Cinderella Status of Terraces and Lynchets in Europe
Daniel Fallu, Tony Brown, Kevin Walsh, Sara Cucchiaro, Paolo Tarolli, Pengzhi Zhao, Kristof van Oost, Lisa Snape, Andreas Lang, Rosa-Maria Albert, Inger Alsos, and Clive Waddington
Tue, 05 May, 14:00–15:45 | D2171

EGU2020-22250 | Displays | CL5.1/GM2.10/SSS3.6 Optical dating of arid coastline deposits – the challenge of dating evaporitic sediments
Andreas Lang, Mohammad Alsuwaidi, and Barbara Mauz
Wed, 06 May, 08:30–10:15 | D3582

EGU2020-13660 | Displays | SSP1.2/CL4.4/GM6.6 The sea-level signal in Pleistocene shallow-marine records – examples from carbonate and siliciclastic sequences
Barbara Mauz, Zhixiong Shen, Natasha Barlow, David Hodgson, and Colin Woodroffe
Wed, 06 May, 08:30–10:15 | D920

EGU2020-10608 | Displays | TS12.1/GD6.9/GM9.7/SSP1.17 | Highlight Geophysical and Geological investigations of a major Miocene fault system within the city of Vienna: evidence for active tectonics
Bernhard Salcher, Jan-Christoph Otto, Stephanie Neuhuber, Christopher Lüthgens, Sabine Grupe, Thomas Payer, and Markus Fiebig
Thu, 07 May, 10:45–12:30 | D1386

EGU2020-9242 | Displays | HS2.1.2/CR3.6 Recent patterns of discharge and sediment output of the Gorner Glacier, Switzerland
Günther Prasicek, François Mettra, Stuart Lane, and Frédéric Herman
Tue, 05 May, 10:45–12:30 | D70

EGU2020-19036 | Displays | CR2.2/GM7.5 Reconstruction of LGM ice extents in Europe indicates a cold and dry climate with precipitation patterns similar to present day
Vjeran Višnjević, Frederic Herman, and Günther Prasicek
Tue, 05 May, 14:00–15:45 | D2593

EGU2020-8040 | Displays | NH3.1/GM4.16 Landslide dam susceptibility in the Austrian Alps inferred from modelled landslides, potential valley damming and lake formation
Anne-Laure Argentin, Günther Prasicek, Jörg Robl, Daniel Hölbling, Lorena Abad, and Zahra Dabiri
Tue, 05 May, 14:00–15:45 | D1943

EGU2020-5510 | Displays | GM4.2/NH3.18/SSP3.13 Analytical long-profile models of coupled glacier-fluvial systems
Eric Deal and Günther Prasicek
Thu, 07 May, 14:00–15:45 | D1115

EGU2020-572 | Displays | NH6.1/GM2.24 Mapping and monitoring of landslide-dammed lakes using Sentinel-2 time series – a case study after the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake in New Zealand
Lorena Abad, Daniel Hölbling, Raphael Spiekermann, Zahra Dabiri, Günther Prasicek, and Anne-Laure Argentin
Thu, 07 May, 14:00–15:45 | D2015

April 12, 2020

New publication on glacier lakes

Read our latest article on glacier lakes published in the Alpin Club magazine

March 23, 2020

Latest puplication from the Luminescence lab

Discher, M., Dornich, K., Richter, A., Mauz, B., & Lang, A. (2019). Extending the measurement temperature range in a fully automated luminescence reader to −50 °C. Radiation Measurements, 124, 13-18.