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)
  • Sonika Shahi (MSC) PhD student (University of Graz)
  • Gernot Resch (MSc) PhD student (University of Graz)

Selected Publications

  • Abermann, J., D. van As, S. Wacker, K. Langley and M. Citterio. Mountain glaciers vs Ice sheet in Greenland – Surface mass and Energy balance gradients. Journal of Glaciology, 1-7. doi:10.1017/jog.2019.4
  • 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.
  • Citterio, M., M. K. Sejr, P. L. Langen, R. Mottram, J. Abermann, S. H. Larsen, K. Skov and M. Lund (2017). Towards quantifying the glacial runoff signal in the freshwater input to Tyrolerfjord–Young Sound, NE Greenland, Ambio, 46(1), pp. 146-159.
  • 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., Smeets, C.J.P., Steffen, K., Stober, M., Sugiyama, S., van As, D., van den Broeke, M.R, 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, https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2016.75
  • Key, J., Goodison, B.; Schöner, W.; Godøy Ø., Miroslav O., Snorrason, Á., (2015). A Global Cryosphere Watch. Arctic, 2015, Vol. 68, Suppl. 1, 48 – 58


  • EU PolarNet https://www.eu-polarnet.eu/
  • 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