Research Group Schöner

Research Topic

Climate and Glaciers

Research Interest

The reaction of polar ice masses to climate change and their contribution to sea-level is a major concern in climate research. Beside the ice sheet of Greenland a large number of glaciers and ice caps close to the coast of Greenland are clearly relevant. We are studying the reaction of these glaciers and ice-caps in Greenland through both comprehensive measurements and modelling attempts of the surface energy- and mass balance. Another topic of our research is to improve the understanding of the mechanism relevant for the catastrophic outburst floods of ice dammed lakes in Greenland.

Dr. Wolfgang Schöner

Department of Geography and Regional Science, University of Graz



  • Jakob Abermann (Dr) Ass. Prof. (University of Graz)
  • Stefan Muckenhuber (Dr) (Senior) Scientist (University of Graz)
  • Sonika Shahi (MSC) PhD student (University of Graz)
  • Jorrit van der Schot (MSc) PhD student (University of Graz)
  • Tiago Manuel Ferreira da Silva (MSc) PhD student (University of Graz)
  • Iris Hansche (BSc) Master student (University of Graz)

Dr. Jakob Abermann


Dr. Stefan Muckenhuber


Sonika Shahi, MSc


Jorrit van der Schot, MSc


Tiago Manuel Ferreira da Silva, MSc


Iris Hansche, BSc

Selected Publications

  • Shahi, S., Abermann J., Heinrich G., Prinz R. and Schöner W. (2020): Regional Variability and Trends of Temperature Inversions in Greenland. J. Climate, 33, 9391–9407, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0962.1.
  • Gorodetskaya, I. V., Silva T., Schmithüsen H. and Hirasawa H. (2020): Atmospheric river signatures in radiosonde profiles and reanalyses at the Dronning Maud Land coast, East Antarctica. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences 37(5), 455-476, doi: 10.1007/s00376-020-9221-8.
  • Abermann, J., Steiner, J. F., Prinz, R., Wecht, M. and 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.
  • Christensen, T. R., Lund, M., Skov, K., Abermann, J., Lopez-Blanco, E., Scheller, J., Scheel M., Jackowicz-Korczynski M., Langley K., Murphy M. J. and Mastepanov, M. (2020): Multiple ecosystem effects of extreme weather events in the Arctic. Ecosystems, 1-15 doi: 10.1007/s10021-020-00507-6.
  • Abermann, J., Van As D., Wacker S., Langley K., Machguth H. and Fausto R. S. (2019): Strong contrast in mass and energy balance between a coastal mountain glacier and the Greenland ice sheet. Journal of Glaciology, 65(250), 263-269 doi: 10.1017/jog.2019.4.
  • Abermann, J., Eckerstorfer M., Malnes E. and Hansen B. U. (2019): A large wet snow avalanche cycle in West Greenland quantified using remote sensing and in situ observations. Natural Hazards, 97(2), 517-534, doi: 10.1007/s11069-019-03655-8.
  • Muckenhuber, S. and Sagen H. (2018): GPS data from sea ice trackers deployed in Fram Strait in 2016, Data in Brief(18), 2000-2009, doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2018.04.109.
  • Muckenhuber, S., and Sandven S. (2018): Sea ice drift data for Fram Strait derived from a feature-tracking algorithm applied on Sentinel-1 SAR imagery. Data in brief(18), 1410-1415, doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2018.04.034.
  • Abermann, J., Hansen B., Lund M., Wacker S., Karami M. and Cappelen, J. (2017): Hotspots and key periods of Greenland climate change during the past six decades. Ambio, 46(1), 3-11, doi: 10.1007/s13280-016-0861-y.
  • Citterio, M., Sejr M. K., Langen P. L., Mottram R. H., Abermann J., Larsen S. H., Skov K. and Lund M. (2017): Towards quantifying the glacial runoff signal in the freshwater input to Tyrolerfjord–Young Sound, NE Greenland. Ambio, 46(1), 146-159, doi: 10.1007/s13280-016-0876-4.
  • Muckenhuber, S. and Sandven, S. (2017): Open-source sea ice drift algorithm for Sentinel-1 SAR imagery using a combination of feature tracking and pattern matching. The Cryosphere, 11(4), 1835-1850, doi: 10.5194/tc-11-1835-2017.
  • Zakhvatkina, N., Korosov A., Muckenhuber S., Sandven S. and Babiker M. (2017): Operational algorithm for ice–water classification on dual-polarized RADARSAT-2 images. The Cryosphere, 11(1), 33-46, doi: 10.5194/tc-11-33-2017.
  • Machguth, H., Thomsen H.H., Weidick A., Ahlstrøm 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., Smeet, C.J.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), 861-887, doi: 10.1017/jog.2016.75.
  • Muckenhuber, S., Korosov A. A. and Sandven S. (2016): Open-source feature-tracking algorithm for sea ice drift retrieval from Sentinel-1 SAR imagery. The Cryosphere, 10(2), 913-925, doi: 10.5194/tc-10-913-2016.
  • Muckenhuber, S., Nilsen F., Korosov A. and Sandven S. (2016): Sea ice cover in Isfjorden and Hornsund, Svalbard (2000–2014) from remote sensing data. The Cryosphere, 10(1), 149-158, doi: 10.5194/tc-10-149-2016.
  • Key, J., Goodison B., Schöner W., Godøy Ø., Miroslav O. and Snorrason Á., (2015): A Global Cryosphere Watch. Arctic, 2015, Vol. 68, Suppl. 1, 48 – 58.


  • JOSTICE – Natural and societal consequences of climate-forced changes of Jostedalsbreen Ice Cap.
  • EU PolarNet – Coordinating and co-designing the European Research Area.
  • Advancing glaciers in North Greenland, Tips og Lottomidlerne (Greenland Government), 2018-2019, PI Jakob Abermann.
  • GLIN – Inversions in Greenland, Interact, 2019, PI Jakob Abermann.
  • Snow2Rain – From phase transition of precipitation to changing local livelihoods, emotions and affects in East Greenland, OEAW, 2019-2022 PI Wolfgang Schöner.
  • PolarVision – Austrian Initiative for focused Polar Research in Greenland, BMBWF, 2009-2014, PI Wolfgang Schöner.

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