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Research Group Greilinger

Research Topic

Climate Monitoring and Cryosphere

Research Interest

Long-term monitoring data are crucial to detect ongoing trends, develop a process-based understanding, and eventually, model potential future scenarios. The currently changing climate likely enhances geohazards on global (e.g. sea level rise), regional (e.g. landslide-triggered tsunamis), and local scale (e.g. outburst floods). We are interested in the climate’s impact on the polar cryosphere for these different scales, whereas in-situ field observations are building the foundation of our research. Peripheral glaciers and ice caps in Greenland are currently a substantial contributor to sea level rise. Since 2007 we are measuring the annual mass budget of Freya glacier. Freya glacier is one of just three glaciers on the Greenland east coast exhibiting a long-term mass balance initiative. Furthermore, we are interested in understanding catastrophic events of gravitational mass movements and glacial outburst floods, and their potential relation to the prevailing climate in the polar regions.

Mag. Dr. Marion Greilinger

Head of the Climate Monitoring and Cryosphere Department of the  GeoSphere Austria




Bernhard Hynek (Mag)


Daniel Binder (Mag)


Gernot Weyss (DI)

Selected Publications

  • Svennevig, K., Hermanns, R. L., Keiding, M., Binder, D., Citterio, M., Dahl-Jensen, T., Mertl, S., Vest Sorensen, E. & Voss, P. H. (2022). A large frozen debris avalanche entraining warming permafrost ground—the June 2021 Assapaat landslide, West Greenland. Landslides, 1-19.
  • Behm, M., Walter, J.I., Binder, D., Cheng, F., Citterio, M., Kulessa, B., Langley, K., Limpach, P., Mertl, S., Schöner, W., Tamstorf, M., Weyss, G., 2020. Seismic characterization of a rapidly-rising Jökulhlaup cycle at the A.P. Olsen Ice Cap, NE-Greenland. J. Glaciol. 1–19.
  • Karlsson, N.B., Colgan, W.T., Binder, D., Machguth, H., Abermann, J., Hansen, K., Pedersen, A.Ø., 2019. Ice-penetrating radar survey of the subsurface debris field at Camp Century, Greenland. Cold Regions Science and Technology 165, 102788.
  • Farinotti, D., Brinkerhoff, D.J., Clarke, G.K.C., Fürst, J.J., Frey, H., Gantayat, P., Gillet-Chaulet, F., Girard, C., Huss, M., Leclercq, P.W., Linsbauer, A., Machguth, H., Martin, C., Maussion, F., Morlighem, M., Mosbeux, C., Pandit, A., Portmann, A., Rabatel, A., Ramsankaran, R., Reerink, T.J., Sanchez, O., Stentoft, P.A., Singh Kumari, S., Pelt, W.J.J. van, Anderson, B., Benham, T., Binder, D., Dowdeswell, J.A., Fischer, A., Helfricht, K., Kutuzov, S., Lavrentiev, I., McNabb, R., Gudmundsson, G.H., Li, H., Andreassen, L.M., 2017. How accurate are estimates of glacier ice thickness? Results from ITMIX, the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment. The Cryosphere 11, 949–970.
  • Machguth, H., Thomsen, H.H., Weidick, A., Ahlstøhm, A.P., Abermann, J., Andersen, M.L., Andersen, S.B., Bjørk, A.A., Box, J.E., Braithwaite, R.J., Bøggild, C.E., Citterio, M., Clement, P., Colgan, W., Fausto, R.S., Gleie, K., Gubler, S., Hasholt, B., Hynek, B., Knudsen, N.T., Larsen, S.H., Mernild, S.H., Oerlemans, J., Oerter, H., Olesen, O.B., Smeets, C.J.P.P., Steffen, K., Stober, M., Sugiyama, S., Van As, D., Van Den Broeke, M.R. and Van De Wal, R.S.W. 2016: Greenland surface mass-balance observations from the ice-sheet ablation area and local glaciers, Journal of Glaciology, 62(235), pp. 861–887. doi: 10.1017/jog.2016.75.
  • Binder, D., Hynek, B., Weyss, G., Schöner, W., 2014. Österreichische Polarforschung 2.0 – aus glaziologischer Perspektive (No. 2014/2), ÖGM Bulletin.
  • Hynek, B. Weyss, G.; Binder, D.; Schöner, W.; Abermann, J.; Citterio, M. (2014): Mass balance of Freya Glacier, Greenland since 2007/2008. Data and Technical Reports. Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Wien. PANGAEA,
  • Brückl, E., Binder, D., Mertl, S., 2014. Seismic Sources from Landslides and Glaciers, in: Beer, M., Kougioumtzoglou, I.A., Patelli, E., Au, I.S.-K. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 1–34.
  • Hynek B., G. Weyss, D. Binder, and W. Schöner, 2013: Mass balance monitoring on Freya glacier. In Jensen, L.M., Rasch, M. and Schmidt N.M. (ed.), 2013. Zackenberg Ecological Research Operations, 18th Annual Report, 2012. Aarhus University, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, 122 pp., 2013.
  • Hynek, G. Weyss, G. Resch, and W. Schöner, 2013: Quantifying the influence of refreezing melt water on the mass balance and runoff of Freya glacier. In Jensen, L.M., Rasch, M. and Schmidt N.M. (ed.), 2013. Zackenberg Ecological Research Operations, 18th Annual Report, 2012. Aarhus University, DCE, 122 pp., 2013.
  • Zemp, Thibert, Huss, Stumm, Rolstad-Denby, Nuth, Nussbaumer, Moholdt, Mercer, Mayer, Joerg, Jansson, Hynek, Fischer, Escher-Vetter, Elvehøy, and Andreassen, 2013:  Reanalysing glacier mass balance measurement series. The Cryosphere, 7(4), 2013.