Dr. Thomas Shaw

Dr. Thomas Shaw




Ghiacciai e Idrologia di Alta Montagna


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


WSL Birmensdorf Bi MG E 39

Curriculum Vitae

Oct 2021-Sep 2023: Marie-Curie Research Fellow. MSCA project: Global Air TEMPerature ESTimation on high mountain glaciers (TEMPEST). Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland.

Oct 2020-Sep 2021: Postdoctoral Researcher. SNF project: Understanding snow, glacier and rivers response to climate in High Mountain Asia (ASCENT). Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland.

Jul 2017-Aug 2020: Postdoctoral Researcher. FONDECYT project: Observation and modelling of high elevation snow accumulation and its importance to streamflow in the Semi-Arid Andes of Chile. Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Jan 2017-Jul 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher. Newton Al-Farabi project: Snow cover trends in Eastern Kazakhstan. Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

Dec 2013-Jan 2017: PhD Candidate. NERC PhD scholarship: Air temperature variability on mountain glaciers. Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.


Research Interests

  • Glacier-climate interactions
  • Energy balance modelling
  • Glacio-hydrological modelling
  • Remote sensing of snow and ice
  • Regional climatic trends


  • Global Air TEMPerature ESTimation on high mountain glaciers (TEMPEST)
  • Understanding snow, glacier and rivers response to climate in High Mountain Asia (ASCENT)


Shaw, T. E., Ulloa, G., Farias-Barahona, D., Fernandez, R., Lattus, J., McPhee J (2020) Glacier albedo reduction and drought effects in the extratropical Andes, 1986-2020. Journal of Glaciology 67(261), 158-169. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2020.102

Westoby, M., Rounce, D., Shaw, T. E., Moore, P., Fyffe, C., Stewart, R., Brock, B. W. (2020) Multi-annual geomorphological evolution of debris-covered glacier surfaces, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 45: 3431– 3448. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4973.

Farías-Barahona, D., Wilson, R., Bravo, C., Vivero, S., Caro, A., Shaw, T. E., Casassa, G., Ayala, Á., Iribarren-Anacona, P., Schaefer, M., Mejías, A., Harrison, S., Glasser, N. F., McPhee, J., Braun, M. H. (2020) Glacier changes and proglacial lake evolution using a multi-source dataset in the El Morado Glacier, central Andes of Chile. Journal of Glaciology. 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2020.52

Shaw, T. E., Caro, A., Mendoza, P., Ayala, Á., Pellicciotti, F., Gascoin, S., McPhee, J. (2020) The utility of optical satellite winter snow depths for initializing a glacio-hydrological model of a high elevation, Andean catchment. Water Resources Research, 56, e2020WR027188. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020WR027188

Fugazza, D., Shaw, T. E., Mashtayeva, S., Brock, B. (2020) Inter-annual variability in snow cover depletion patterns and atmospheric circulation indices in the Upper Irtysh basin, Central Asia. Hydrological. Processes. 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.1384320

Troxler P, Ayala Á, Shaw T.E., Nolan M, Brock BW, Pellicciotti F (2020). Modelling spatial patterns of near surface air temperature over a decade of melt seasons on McCall Glacier, Alaska. Journal of Glaciology. 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2020.12.

Shaw, T. E., Gascoin, S., Mendoza, P. A., Pellicciotti, F., & McPhee, J. (2020). Snow depth patterns in a high mountain Andean catchment from satellite optical tri-stereoscopic remote sensing. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR024880. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR024880

Burger, F., Ayala, Á., Farias-Barahona, D., Shaw, T. E., MacDonell, S., Brock, B., McPhee, J. Pellicciotti, F. (2018). Inter-annual variability in glacier contribution to runoff from a high ‐ elevation Andean catchment: understanding the role of debris cover in glacier hydrology. Hydrological. Processes., SI-Latin (January), 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13354

Shaw, T. E., Brock, B. W., Ayala, Á., Rutter, N., & Pellicciotti, F. (2017). Centreline and cross-glacier air temperature variability on an Alpine glacier: assessing temperature distribution methods and their influence on melt model calculations. Journal of Glaciology., 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2017.65

Shaw T. E., Brock, B., Fyffe, C., Pellicciotti, F., Rutter, N., and Diotri, F. (2016) Air temperature distribution and energy balance modelling of a debris-covered glacier. Journal of Glaciology.. https://doi:10.1017//jog.2016.31