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Nander Wever
Organisationseinheit Schnee und Permafrost
Schneedecke und Mikrometeorologie
Adresse WSL-Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf

Raum Da B 2 13
Kontakt Tel: +41 81 4170 270
Fax: +41 81 4170 110
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Research interests

  • Mountain meteorology
  • Snow cover modelling
  • Antarctic mass balance

Work experience

  • 2007-2010: Researcher at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), De Bilt, the Netherlands. Research topics:
    • Surface wind climate
    • Climate change scenario's
  • 2010-2015: PhD student at WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland. Research topics:
    • Water flow in snow packs
    • Mountain meteorology
  • Now: PostDoc at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lausanne, Switzerland. Research topics:
    • Snowpack modelling
    • Antarctic mass balance


  • 2007: Master of Science in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.


  • 2012: Best poster award at “Graubünden forscht” conference.


  • Wever, N., Comola, F., Bavay, M., and Lehning, M.: Influence of snow surface processes on soil moisture dynamics and streamflow generation in alpine catchments, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/hess-2016-601, in review, 2017.
  • Wever, N., Würzer, S., Fierz, C., and Lehning, M. (2016): Simulating ice layer formation under the presence of preferential flow in layered snowpacks, The Cryosphere, 10, 2731-2744, doi:10.5194/tc-10-2731-2016.
  • Wever, N., C. Vera Valero, and C. Fierz (2016), Assessing wet snow avalanche activity using detailed physics based snowpack simulations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 5732–5740, doi:10.1002/2016GL068428.
  • Wever, N., Schmid, L., Heilig, A., Eisen, O., Fierz, C., and Lehning, M. (2015): Verification of the multi-layer SNOWPACK model with different water transport schemes, Cryosphere, 9, 2271-2293, doi:10.5194/tc-9-2271-2015.
  • Wever, N., T. Jonas, C. Fierz, and M. Lehning (2014), Model simulations of the modulating effect of the snow cover in a rain-on-snow event, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4657-4669, doi:10.5194/hess-18-4657-2014.
  • Wever, N., C. Fierz, C. Mitterer,. Hirashima, H., and M. Lehning (2014), Solving Richards Equation for snow improves snowpack meltwater runoff estimations in detailed multi-layer snowpack model, Cryosphere, 8, 257-274, doi:10.5194/tc-8-257-2014.
  • Wever, N. (2012), Quantifying trends in surface roughness and the effect on surface wind speed observations, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D11104, doi:10.1029/2011JD017118.
  • Wever, N., M. Lehning, A. Clifton, J.-D. Rüedi, K. Nishimura, M. Nemoto, S. Yamaguchi, and A. Sato (2009), Verification of moisture budgets during drifting snow conditions in a cold wind tunnel, Water Resour. Res., 45, W07423, doi:10.1029/2008WR007522.

Co-Authored Publications

  • Vera Valero, C., Wever, N., Christen, M., and Bartelt, P.: Modeling the influence of snowcover temperature and water content on wet snow avalanche runout, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/nhess-2017-36, in review, 2017.
  • Würzer, S., Wever, N., Juras, R., Lehning, M., and Jonas, T.: Modelling liquid water transport in snow under rain-on-snow conditions – considering preferential flow, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1741-1756, doi:10.5194/hess-21-1741-2017, 2017.
  • Haberkorn, A., Wever, N., Hoelzle, M., Phillips, M., Kenner, R., Bavay, M., and Lehning, M.: Distributed snow and rock temperature modelling in steep rock walls using Alpine3D, The Cryosphere, 11, 585-607, doi:10.5194/tc-11-585-2017, 2017.
  • Gaume, J., van Herwijnen, A., Chambon, G., Wever, N., and Schweizer, J. (2017): Snow fracture in relation to slab avalanche release: critical state for the onset of crack propagation, The Cryosphere, 11, 217-228, doi:10.5194/tc-11-217-2017.
  • Steger CR, Reijmer CH, van den Broeke MR, Wever N, Forster RR, Koenig LS, Kuipers Munneke P, Lehning M, Lhermitte S, Ligtenberg SRM, Miège C and Noël BPY (2017) Firn Meltwater Retention on the Greenland Ice Sheet: A Model Comparison. Front. Earth Sci. 5:3. doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00003
  • Vögeli C., Lehning, M., Wever, N. and Bavay, M. (2016): Scaling Precipitation Input to Spatially Distributed Hydrological Models by Measured Snow Distribution. Front. Earth Sci. 4:108. doi: 10.3389/feart.2016.00108
  • Vera Valero, C., Wever, N., Bühler, Y., Stoffel, L., Margreth, S., and Bartelt, P. (2016): Modelling wet snow avalanche runout to assess road safety at a high-altitude mine in the central Andes, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2303-2323, doi:10.5194/nhess-16-2303-2016.
  • Würzer, S., T. Jonas, N. Wever, and M. Lehning (2016), Influence of initial snowpack properties on runoff formation during rain-on-snow events, J. Hydrometeorol., doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-15-0181.1
  • Heilig, A., C. Mitterer, L. Schmid, N. Wever, J. Schweizer, H.-P. Marshall, and O. Eisen (2015), Seasonal and diurnal cycles of liquid water in snow - Measurements and modeling, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 120 (10), 2139-2154, doi: 10.1002/2015JF003593.
  • Magnusson, J., N. Wever, R. Essery, N. Helbig, A. Winstral, and T. Jonas (2015), Evaluating snow models with varying process representations for hydrological applications, Water Resour. Res., 51 (4), 2707–2723, doi:10.1002/2014WR016498.
  • Caires, S., H. de Waal, J. Groeneweg, G. Groen, N. Wever, C. Geerse, M. Bottema (2012), Assessing the uncertainties of using land-based wind observations for determining extreme open-water winds, J. Wind Eng. Ind. Aerodyn. 110, 70-85, doi:10.1016/j.jweia.2012.07.009.