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 mountain hydrology

»Remote & high elevation observation stations

Curriculum vitae

»2023 -               WSL, Switzerland     Scientific Staff Member     EMERGE Project (WSL)

»2020 - 2022     WSL, Switzerland     Postdoctoral Researcher     HOPE Project (SNF)

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

»2014 - 2018     ETH Zurich, Switzerland     PhD candidate     *** Institute of Environmental Engineering ***

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

»2008 - 2011     University of Zurich, Switzerland     BSc     *​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​ Department of Geography *​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​*​​​​​​​



»Steiner JF, Buri P, Abermann J, Prinz R and Nicholson L (2023) Steep ice – progress and future challenges in research on ice cliffs. Annals of Glaciology (doi:

»Shaw TE, Buri P, McCarthy MJ, Miles ES, Ayala A and Pellicciotti F (2023) The Decaying Near‐Surface Boundary Layer of a Retreating Alpine Glacier. Geophysical Research Letters, 50, e2023GL103043 (doi:

»Kneib M, Fyffe CL, Miles ES, Lindenmann S, Shaw TE, Buri P, McCarthy MJ, Ouvry B, Vieli A, Sato Y, Kraaijenbrink PD, Cuanxi Z, Molnar P and Pellicciotti F (2023) Controls on Ice Cliff Distribution and Characteristics on Debris‐Covered Glaciers. Geophysical Research Letters, 50, e2022GL102444 (doi:


»Kneib M, Miles ES, Buri P, Fugger S, McCarthy MJ, Shaw TE and Pellicciotti F (2022) Sub-seasonal variability of supraglacial ice cliff melt rates and associated processes from time-lapse photogrammetry. The Cryosphere, 16, 4701–4725 (doi: 10.5194/tc-16-4701-2022)

»McCarthy MJ, Miles ES, Kneib M, Buri P, Fugger S and Pellicciotti F (2022) Supraglacial debris thickness and supply rate in High-Mountain Asia. Communications Earth & Environment, 3(269), 064004 (doi: 10.1038/s43247-022-00588-2)

»Miles ES, Steiner JF, Buri P, Immerzeel W and Pellicciotti F (2022) Controls on the relative melt rates of debris-covered glacier surfaces. Environmental Research Letters, 17(6), 064004 (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac6966)


»Menenti M, Li X, Jia L, Yang K, Pellicciotti F, Mancini M, Shi J, Escorihuela MJ, Zheng C, Chen Q, Lu J, Zhou J, Hu G, Ren S, Zhang J, Liu Q, Qiu Y, Huang C, Zhou J, Han X, Pan X, Li H, Wu Y, Ding B, Yang W, Buri P, McCarthy MJ, Miles ES, Shaw TE, Ma C, Zhou Y, Corbari C, Li R, Zhao T, Stefan V, Gao Q, Zhang J, Xie Q, Wang N, Sun Y, Mo X, Jia J, Jouberton AP, Kneib M, Fugger S, Paciolla N, Paolini G (2021) Multi-Source Hydrological Data Products to Monitor High Asian River Basins and Regional Water Security. Remote Sensing, 13(24), 5122 (doi: 10.3390/rs13245122)

»Kneib M, Miles ES, Buri P, Molnar P, McCarthy M, Fugger S and Pellicciotti F (2021) Interannual Dynamics of Ice Cliff Populations on Debris-Covered Glaciers from Remote Sensing Observations and Stochastic Modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 126(10), e2021JF006179 (doi: 10.1029/2021JF006179)

»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: 10.3390/rs13091714)


»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: 10.25592/uhhfdm.9287)


»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)