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Prof. Dr. Konrad Steffen - Personal Homepage

Konrad Steffen
Director of WSL
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi HV G 05
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2455
Fax: +41 44 739 2575
Web / E-Mail http://www.wsl.ch/info/mitarbeitende/steffen

Current Positions

  • Director, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
  • Professor, Inst. Atmosphere & Climate, ETH-Zürich
  • Professor, Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, EPF-Lausanne

Past Positions

  • Director, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado (CU) (2005-2012)
  • Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder, USA (1997-2012)

Research Interests:

My general interest is the study of processes related to climate and cryosphere interaction in polar and alpine regions based on in-situ and satellite measurements, and using climate system modeling to study their sensitivity. In particular I study and evaluate sea level changes and sensitivity studies of large ice sheets using in situ and modeling results.

The Earth’s poles are fundamental to the planet's climate balance, and learning more about how they work through research is crucial. Every May, I travel to Western Greenland to the Swiss Camp, where our team has been collecting data on snow cover, ice and the atmosphere with various instruments since 1990.

Swiss Camp group

Lounging at the Swiss Camp research station, 80 km northeast of Ilulissat, West-Greenland (May 2014)

South pole

Here I am at the South Pole with Björn Dahlbäck of the "Swedish Polar Research Secretariat" (left) and polar researcher Fredrik Paulsen (center) (17/4/2016).

Committee and Editorial Memberships

2010-present Scientific Advisory Board, Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marin Research
2012-present GCOS Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC) chair
2012-present World Climate Research Program, Data Panel member
2013-present Member, Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research
2014-present Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Delegate for Switzerland
2014-present Member ESA Climate Change Advisory Board
2014-present Scientific Advisory Board Agroscope
2015-present Member of Advising Board Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

International Organizations Membership

International Glaciological Society, Cambridge, England

American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society

Projects, Publications, CV

 

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