The Experts

Dr. sc. nat ETH Felix Keller

Felix Keller has been working as a glaciologist on the topics of permafrost, glaciers and lake ice since 1985. Soon he also became interested in specialised didactics in the environmental field and in 2005 received a lectureship in environmental didactics at ETH Zurich. Since 2015, he has been working on securing glacier masses with meltwater recycling, which could secure the existential water supply for large parts of the population in dry mountain regions in the Himalayas and the Andes.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Oerlemans

Prof. Dr. h.c. Johannes Oerlemans studied geophysics and mathematics at the University of Utrecht (NL),
and received his doctorate summa cum laude in 1980 on "Some Model Studies on the Ice Age Problem".
For many years he was the head of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research IMAU and built up a research group that used various methods (field work, remote sensing, computer models) to investigate the relationship between climate change, sea level and glacier fluctuations. Since 1995 he has been working on the Morteratsch glacier and organizes an annual summer school for glaciologists, for which the International Society of Glaciology awarded him the "Richardson Medal" in 2019.

Prof. Dr. sc. nat. ETH Martin Hoelzle

Martin Hoelzle is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change (OcCC) of the Swiss Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), scientific advisor of the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) and former president of the Swiss Society for Snow, Ice and Permafrost.
For more than 25 years he has been developing modern, strongly interdisciplinary strategies for monitoring the alpine cryosphere and has extensive knowledge of the complex process chains in the high mountains.

University Partnerships

Academia Engiadina (CH)

Center for Applied Glaciology (ZAG)

The joint project of the Academia Engiadina and the University of Applied Sciences Graubünden ZAG specializes in glacier maintenance, climate adaptation in winter tourism (lake ice, artificial snowmaking, construction and planning in the alpine region, permafrost, glacier monitoring) and in experience-oriented offer innovation in tourism. First and foremost, the center is oriented towards the extraordinary natural conditions in Graubünden (proximity of the Morteratsch glacier, Upper Engadine lakes, winter tourism, alpine region) and thus contributes to the implementation of Graubünden's research strategy.

University Utrecht (NL)

 

Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU)

The mission of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) is to contribute to basic research on oceans, atmosphere and cryosphere. This knowledge is used in studies on climate change and the possible effects on mankind.

Lucerne University (CH)

 

Institute for Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Civil Engineering

The Lucerne university of Engineering & Architecture

... offers a first-class, practice-oriented and flexible engineering degree programme with a clear focus on content.

... successfully conducts research and development at a high level and is an attractive partner for its customers.

... sees itself as a team that inspires customers, shapes the future together and is an attractive employer in education and research.

 

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (CH)

 

Institute for Thermal and Fluid Engineering

With the guiding principle: "Experiment and Simulation for Innovation", the institute's competences lie in "Thermal Systems Engineering", flow and combustion processes, multiphysics in manufacturing and operating processes. 

The Institute of Thermo and Fluid Engineering works as a competent and innovative team with a lot of industrial and management experience together in teaching and research.

University of Applied Sciences Graubünden (CH)

 

Center for Applied Glaciology (ZAG)

The ZAG, which is run jointly by the Academia Engiadina and the University of Applied Sciences Graubünden, specialises in glacier management, climate adaptation in winter tourism (lake ice, artificial snowmaking, construction and planning in the Alpine region, permafrost, glacier monitoring) and in experience-oriented innovation of offers in tourism. First and foremost, the centre is oriented towards the exceptional natural conditions in Graubünden (proximity of the Morteratsch glacier, Upper Engadine lakes, winter tourism, alpine region) and thus contributes to the implementation of Graubünden's research strategy.

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