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Dr. Brian McArdell



scientific staff member


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi LG E 23



Research Interests

Geomorphology, sedimentology, and mechanics of debris flows and rock avalanches; landslide initiation; warning systems; sediment transport in steep channels.

Professional Experience



WSL, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Scientific coordination for the Illgraben debris flow observation station, numerical simulation of debris flow and rock avalanche runout.


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH),Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW), Zurch, Switzerland. Post-doctoral assoicate in the river engineering and numerical modeling sections.

Selected Projects

Runout modeling of hillslope debris flows (BAFU)

Triggering of mass movements in steep terrain (CCES-TRAMM)

Quantification of sediment transfer in an exceptionally active Alpine catchment (SNF)<br/>


The Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Baltimore MD, USA: Ph.D., 1997.<br/>

University of Minnesota, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Minneapolis MN, USA: B.Sc. in Geology, 1988.<br/><br/><br/>