Glaciologist appointed professor at ETH Zurich

13.07.2023  | Communications | News WSL 

The ETH Board has appointed WSL glaciologist Daniel Farinotti as Associate Professor at ETH Zurich and WSL. He will establish part of his research group in Sion to strengthen contacts with the Swiss Polar Institute and the EPFL Centre for Alpine and Polar Environmental Research ALPOLE. The appointment was decided by the ETH Board at its meeting on 13 July.

Daniel Farinotti is currently Tenure Track Assistant Professor WSL and the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) at the ETH Zurich. His research focuses on glacier changes caused by climate change and the resulting consequences. Together with his team, he has developed new methods for estimating the ice thickness, predicting glacier changes and quantify the effects on water availability. quantify. Farinotti is also working on the impact of glacier retreat on the on the landscape or on hydropower generation - both in the Alps and in other mountain regions.

Farinotti studied environmental engineering at the ETH Zurich and completed his doctorate as a glaciologist at the VAW. He has published over 130 scientific papers and serves on numerous committees and steering committees, including those of the Swiss networks for monitoring glaciers (GLAMOS (link) ) and permafrost (PERMOS (link)). His research group of about 20 people will remain at ETH Zurich, but will also be present at the WSL-location in Sion (VS) to collaborate as closely as possible with the Swiss Polar Institute and the EPFL Centre for Alpine and Polar Environmental Research ALPOLE. "I find the idea of being able to operate across different institutions and locations very inspiring - especially for a topic that is of great interest in our country," he says.



Most influential publications:

E.S. Mannerfelt, A. Dehecq, R. Hugonnet, E. Hodel, M. Huss, A. Bauder, and D. Farinotti (2022). Halving of Swiss glacier volume since 1931 observed from terrestrial image photogrammetry. The Cryosphere, 16(8), 3249-3268. doi: 10.5194/tc-16-3249-2022

D. Farinotti, W.W. Immerzeel, R. de Kok, D.J. Quincey, and A. Dehecq (2020). Manifestations and mechanisms of the Karakoram glacier Anomaly. Nature Geoscience, 13 (1), 8-17.  

D. Farinotti, M. Huss, J.J. Fürst, J. Landmann, H. Machguth, F. Maussion, and A. Pandit (2019a). A consensus estimate for the ice thickness distribution of all glaciers on Earth. Nature Geoscience, 12 (3), 168-173. 

Farinotti, D., V. Round, M. Huss, H. Zekollari, L. Compagno (2019b). Large hydropower and water-storage potential in future glacier-free basins. Nature, 575 (7782), 341-344. 

H. Zekollari, M. Huss, and D. Farinotti (2019). Modelling the future evolution of glaciers in the European Alps under the EURO-CORDEX RCM ensemble. The Cryosphere. 13 (4), 1125-1146.   

D. Farinotti, and 36 others (2017). How accurate are estimates of glacier ice thickness? Results from ITMIX, the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment. The Cryosphere, 11 (2), 949-970. 

Farinotti, D., A. Pistocchi, and M. Huss (2016). From dwindling ice to headwater lakes: could dams replace glaciers in the European Alps? Environmental Research Letters, 11, 054022.  

Farinotti, D., L. Longuevergne, G. Moholdt, D. Duethmann, T. Mölg, T. Bolch, S. Vorogushyn, and A. Güntner (2015). Substantial glacier mass loss in the Tien Shan over the past 50 years. Nature Geosciece, 8 (9), 716-722.  

Farinotti, D., S. Usselmann, M. Huss, A. Bauder and M. Funk (2012). Runoff evolution in the Swiss Alps: Projections for selected high-alpine catchments based on ENSEMBLES scenarios. Hydrological Processes, 26 (13), 1909-1924. 

Farinotti, D., M. Huss, A. Bauder, M. Funk and M. Truffer (2009). A method to estimate the ice volume and ice thickness distribution of alpine glaciers. J. of Glac., 55 (191), 422-430. 


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