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Prof. Dr. Konrad Steffen



Director WSL, Professor Climate and Cryosphere ETH Zurich and EPFL


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.


Committee and Editorial Memberships

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

International Organizations Membership

  • International Glaciological Society, Cambridge, England
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society