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Research Group Abermann

Research Topic

Cryosphere and Climate

Research Interest

Our understanding of changes in snow and ice has improved significantly in recent years. We benefit from improved model results and ever higher resolution products – both on a spatial and temporal scale. Meticulously collected field data serve on the one hand for validation, and on the other hand they can describe patterns that would otherwise not be detectable. Historical measurements are of particular value in this regard, as it can be used to confirm the longer-term validity of reconstructions. The interaction of snow, ice and water is complex and consequences on ecosystem and society are fundamentally relevant. At this interface we try to improve reconstructions, dynamics and forecasts.

Ass.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Jakob Abermann

Department of Geography and Regional Science, University of Graz



  • Jakob Steiner, PhD, PostDoc
  • Florina Schalamon, MSc, PhD student
  • Christoph Posch BSc, Master student
  • Jonathan Fipper BSc, Master student
  • Moritz Thomaser, Bachelor student

Jakob Steiner, PhD


Florina Schalamon, MSc


Jonathan Fipper, BSc


Christoph Posch, BSc


Moritz Thomaser

Selected Publications

  • Abermann, J., Hansen, B.U., Lund, M., Wacker, S., Karami, M. and Cappelen, J. (2017). Hotspots and key periods of Greenland climate change during the past 6 decades. Ambio, 46(1), pp. 3-11.
  • Abermann J, Van As D, Wacker S, Langley K, Machguth H and Fausto RS (2019) Strong contrast in mass and energy balance between a coastal mountain glacier and the Greenland ice sheet. J. Glaciol. 65(250), 263–269.
  • Abermann, J., Eckerstorfer, M., Malnes, E. et al. A large wet snow avalanche cycle in West Greenland quantified using remote sensing and in situ observations. Nat Hazards (2019) 97: 517.
  • Christensen, T. R., M. Lund, K. Skov, J. Abermann, E. López-Blanco, J. Scheller, M. Scheel, et al. 2020. Multiple Ecosystem Effects of Extreme Weather Events in the Arctic. Ecosystems, May.
  • Abermann J, Steiner JF, Prinz R, Wecht M, Lisager P. 2020. The Red Rock ice cliff revisited – Six decades of frontal, mass and area changes in the Nunatarssuaq area, Northwest Greenland. Journal of Glaciology 66 (258): 567–576 DOI: 10.1017/jog.2020.28.
  • Abermann, J., Langley, K., Myreng, S. M., Rasmussen, K., & Petersen, D. (2021). Heterogeneous timing of freshwater input into Kobbefjord, a low-arctic fjord in Greenland. Hydrological Processes, 35( 11), e14413.
  • Abermann, J.; Langley, K. (2022): Challenging the southern boundary of active rock glaciers in West Greenland, in: Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 1-5. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.2139
  • Abermann, J., Vandecrux, B., Scher, S. K. Löffler, F. Schalamon, A. Trügler, R. Fausto and W. Schöner (2023). Learning from Alfred Wegener’s pioneering field observations in West Greenland after a century of climate change. Sci Rep 13, 7583.
  • Steiner, J. F., Buri, P., Abermann, J., Prinz, R., & Nicholson, L. (2023). Steep ice–progress and future challenges in research on ice cliffs. Annals of Glaciology, 1-5.
  • Frank, L., Jonassen, M. O., Remes, T., Schalamon, F. R., & Stenlund, A. (2023). IWIN: The Isfjorden Weather Information Network. Earth System Science Data15(9), 4219-4234.
  • Posch, Christoph; Abermann, Jakob; Silva, Tiago (2024): Lake ice break-up in Greenland: timing and spatiotemporal variability. In The Cryosphere 18 (4), pp. 2035–2059. DOI: 10.5194/tc-18-2035-2024.


  • WEG_RE – Centennial Climate Drivers of Glacier Changes in Greenland
  • JOSTICE – A research project focusing on Jostedalsbreen Ice Cap and its impact on the regional society
  • LATTICE – Land-terminating ice cliffs in North Greenland: processes, divers and their relation to regional climate
  • subMIT – Characterization of the subglacial and englacial drainage systems and ice thicknesses of Mittivakkat Glacier (East Greenland)
  • LowTropVRS