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Dr. Michael James McCarthy



Scientific staff member


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi LG D 01


Current projects

  • EMERGE - Extreme droughts in mountain regions: consequences for blue-green water fluxes
  • Measuring sublimation in a high-altitude glacierised catchment of the dry Andes

Curriculum vitae

Aug 2019 - present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland

Feb 2019 - Aug 2019: Research Assistant, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland

Oct 2014 - Jul 2019: PhD Candidate, British Antarctic Survey, Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge), Cambridge

Aug 2010 - Oct 2014: Exploration Geologist, Stratex International Ltd, Ethiopia, Liberia, Senegal


Research interests

  • Energy-balance modelling
  • Glaciohydrological modelling
  • Glacier remote sensing
  • Supraglacial debris thickness estimation
  • Debris-covered glaciers
  • Ice- and ground-penetrating radar

Selected publications

McCarthy M, Miles E, Kneib M, Buri P, Fugger S, Pellicciotti F (2022). Supraglacial debris thickness and supply rate in High-Mountain Asia. Communications Earth & Environment, 3, 269, 1-11.

McCarthy M, Meier F, Fatichi S, Stocker B, Shaw T, Miles E, Dussaillant I, Pellicciotti F (2022). Glacier contributions to river discharge during the current Chilean megadrought. Earth's Future, 10, e2022EF002852.

Jouberton A, Shaw T, Miles E, McCarthy M, Fugger S, Ren S, ... Pellicciotti F (2022). Warming-induced monsoon precipitation phase change intensifies glacier mass loss in the southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119, 37, e2109796119.

Fugger S, Fyffe C, Fatichi S, Miles E, McCarthy M, Shaw T, ... & Pellicciotti, F. (2022). Understanding monsoon controls on the energy and mass balance of glaciers in the Central and Eastern Himalaya. The Cryosphere, 16, 5, 1631-1652.

Miles E, McCarthy M, Dehecq A, Kneib M, Fugger S, Pellicciotti, F (2021). Health and sustainability of glaciers in High Mountain Asia. Nature Communications, 12, 1, 1-10.