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Dr. Pascal Buri





Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi MG E 35


Curriculum vitae

»Feb 2020 - Apr 2022     WSL, Switzerland     Postdoctoral Researcher     *** High Mountain Glaciers and Hydrology Group ***

»May 2018 - Jan 2020     University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA     SNF PostdocMobility Fellow     *** Geophysical Institute **​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​

»Dec 2013 - Jan 2018     ETH Zurich, Switzerland     PhD candidate     *​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​ Institute of Environmental Engineering *​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​

»Sep 2011 - May 2013     University of Zurich, Switzerland     MSc student     *​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​ Department of Geography *​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​


Research interests

»Debris-covered glaciers in the Alps, Alaska & High Mountain Asia

»High elevation catchment hydrology

»Land surface modelling, process-based numerical modelling

»Interplay between vegetation, soil and cryosphere in high mountain hydrology

»Remote & high elevation observation stations





»Kneib M, Miles ES, Buri P, Molnar P, McCarthy M, Fugger S and Pellicciotti F (accepted) Interannual Dynamics of Ice Cliff Populations on Debris-Covered Glaciers from Remote Sensing Observations and Stochastic Modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface (doi: 10.1029/2020GL092150)

»Buri P, Miles ES, Steiner JF, Ragettli S and Pellicciotti F (2021) Supraglacial ice cliffs can substantially increase the mass loss of debris-covered glaciers. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL092150 (doi: 10.1029/2020GL092150)

»Anderson LS, Armstrong WH, Anderson RS and Buri P (2021) Debris cover and the thinning of Kennicott Glacier, Alaska: in situ measurements, automated ice cliff delineation and distributed melt estimates. The Cryosphere, 15, 265–282 (doi: 10.5194/tc-15-265-2021)

»Kneib M, Miles ES, Jola S, Buri P, Herreid S, Bhattacharya A, Watson CS, Bolch T, Quincey D and Pellicciotti F (2021) Mapping ice cliffs on debris-covered glaciers using multispectral satellite images. Remote Sensing of Environment, 253, 112201 (doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2020.112201)

»Ren S, Miles ES, Jia L, Menenti M, Kneib M, Buri P, McCarthy MJ, Shaw TE, Yang W, Pellicciotti F (2021) Anisotropy Parameterization Development and Evaluation for Glacier Surface Albedo Retrieval from Satellite Observations. Remote Sensing. 2021; 13(9):1714 (doi:


»Buri P, Schauwecker S, & Steiner J (2020) Gletscherschmelze unter Schuttbedeckung: Verbreitung, Prozesse und Messmethoden. In Warnsignal Klima: Hochgebirge im Wandel (pp. 160–165). Hamburg, Germany: Verlag Wissenschaftliche Auswertungen in Kooperation mit GEO Magazin-Hamburg (doi:


»Steiner JF, Buri P, Miles ES, Ragettli S and Pellicciotti F (2019) Supraglacial ice cliffs and ponds on debris-covered glaciers: spatio-temporal distribution and characteristics. Journal of Glaciology, 65(252), 617–632 (doi: 10.1017/jog.2019.40)


»Miles ES, Willis IC, Buri P, Steiner JF, Arnold N and Pellicciotti F (2018) Surface pond energy absorption across four Himalayan glaciers accounts for 1/8 of total catchment ice loss. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(19), 10464–10473 (doi: 10.1029/2018GL079678)

»Buri P and Pellicciotti F (2018) Aspect controls the survival of ice cliffs on debris-covered glaciers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(17), 4369–4274 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1713892115)


»Miles ES, Steiner JF, Willis IC, Buri P, Immerzeel WW, Chesnokova A and Pellicciotti F (2017) Pond dynamics and supraglacial-englacial connectivity on debris-covered Lirung Glacier. Frontiers in Earth Science, 5(69), 1–19 (doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00069)


»Buri P, Miles ES, Steiner JF, Immerzeel WW, Wagnon P and Pellicciotti F (2016b) A physically based 3-D model of ice cliff evolution over debris-covered glaciers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 121(12), 2471–2493 (doi: 10.1002/2016JF004039)

»Brun F, Buri P, Miles ES, Wagnon P, Steiner JF, Berthier E, Ragettli S, Kraaijenbrink P, Immerzeel WW and Pellicciotti F (2016) Quantifying volume loss from ice cliffs on debris-covered glaciers using high-resolution terrestrial and aerial photogrammetry. Journal of Glaciology, 1–12 (doi: 10.1017/jog.2016.54)

»Heynen M, Miles E, Ragettli S, Buri P, Immerzeel WW and Pellicciotti F (2016) Air temperature variability in a high-elevation Himalayan catchment. Annals of Glaciology, 57(71), 212–222 (doi: 10.3189/2016aog71a076)

»Buri P, Pellicciotti F, Steiner JF, Miles ES and Immerzeel WW (2016a) A grid-based model of backwasting of supraglacial ice cliffs on debris-covered glaciers. Annals of Glaciology, 57(71), 199–211 (doi: 10.3189/2016AoG71A059)

»Miles ES, Willis I, Pellicciotti F, Steiner JF, Buri P and Arnold N (2016) Refined energy-balance modelling of a supraglacial pond, Langtang Khola, Nepal. Annals of Glaciology, 57(71), 29–40 (doi: 10.3189/2016AoG71A421)


»Steiner J, Pellicciotti F, Buri P, Miles E, Immerzeel W and Reid T (2015) Modeling ice cliff backwasting on a debris covered glacier in the Nepalese Himalayas. Journal of Glaciology, 61(229), 889–907 (doi: 10.3189/2015JoG14J194)