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Martin Schneebeli
Dr. Martin Schneebeli, teamleader
Organisational unit: Snow and Permafrost
Snow Physics
Phone: +41 81 4170 181
Fax: +41 81 4170 110
Room: Da B 1 14
E-Mail:
Address: WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf

Research Interests

My current work is focused on snow and firn. The work in the past years was focused on how to measure snow properties quantitatively and at higher spatial resolution, and from the field- to the micro-scale. To this goal, I am developing new instruments. Scientifically, I am interested in all physical and geological processes occurring in the snowpack, and in different environments. Recent expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic widened my experience in these fascinating environments.

Specifically i work on the experimental investigation of snow physical properties at the micro- and macroscale (mechanical, thermal, optical), especially using micro-tomography. Using specific new tools, the processes in snow recrystallization, metamorphism and diagenesis are investigated. For this, I work on the development of new instrumentation (3 patents). One goal is also the application of quantitative stratigraphy to larger-scale processes, as remote sensing, avalanche formation and climate research.

Academic Education and Professional Experience

1991:  Dr. sc. tech, ETH Zürich (Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering)

1984:  Dipl. Kulturing. (Environmental Engineering), ETH Zürich

  • Invited researcher for field experiments in Antarctica (Project Coldest Firn CoFiAP, PI Dr. Sepp Kipfstuhl, Alfred Wegener Institut, Bremerhaven) 2012-2013, more...
  • Invited researcher for field experiments in Antarctica (Project EXPLORE, PI Dr. Jérôme Chappellaz, CNRS-LGGE, Grenoble) 2011-2012, more...
  • Invited researcher for field experiments (Snowball Earth Analogue, Allan Hills, Antarctica, PI Prof. Stephen Warren, Univ. of Washington) 2010-2011
  • Visiting scientist at LGGE/CNRS Grenoble (July 2008), with Dr. Paul Duval
  • Lecturer at ETH, since 2007
  • Named "Senior Scientist" of WSL since 2006
  • Head of Research Group "Snow Physics", since 2006

Services

  • SCAR Alternate Delegate for Switzerland  (since 2014), Officer of the Action Group "Snow in Antarctica", SnowAnt
  • Member IASC Cryosphere working group (since 2013)
  • Editor The Cryosphere (since 2012)
  • Associate Editor JGR-Earth Surface (2010-2013)
  • Associate Editor Water Resources Research (2009-2011)
  • European Geophysical Union, Section on Cryospheric Sciences, Secretary of Snow (2001-2009)

 Teaching

Graduate Course on “Snow: Physics and Modelling” at ETH Zürich (together with H Löwe) -> link to course catalogue entry

Publications - ORCID

All Publications (WSL database)

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Köchle, B.; Schneebeli, M., 2014:
Three-dimensional microstructure and numerical calculation of elastic properties of alpine snow with a focus on weak layers. J. Glaciol. 60, 222: 705-713.

Hagenmuller, P.; Theile, T.; Schneebeli, M., 2014:
Numerical simulation of microstructural damage and tensile strength of snow. Geophys. Res. Lett. 41, 1: 86-89.

Zermatten, E.; Schneebeli, M.; Arakawa, H.; Steinfeld, A., 2014:
Tomography-based determination of porosity, specific area and permeability of snow and comparison with measurements. Cold Reg. Sci. Technol. 97: 33-40.

Mott, R.; Scipion, D.; Schneebeli, M.; Dawes, N.; Berne, A; Lehning, M., 2014:
Orographic effects on snow-deposition patterns in mountainous terrain. [Abstract] Geophys. Res. Abstr. 16: EGU2014-10501.

Ebner, P.P.; Grimm, S.A.; Schneebeli, M.; Steinfeld, A., 2014:
An instrumented sample holder for time-lapse microtomography measurements of snow under advective airflow. Geosci. Instrum. Methods Data Sys. 2: 179-185.

Schleef, S.; Löwe, H.; Schneebeli, M., 2014:
Influence of stress, temperature and crystal morphology on isothermal densification and specific surface area decrease of new snow. Cryosphere 8, 5: 1825-1838..

Schleef, S.; Löwe, H.; Schneebeli, M., 2014:
Influence of stress, temperature and crystal habit on isothermal densification and specific surface area decrease of new snow. Cryosphere Discuss. 8: 1795-1829.

Schwaab, J.; Bavay, M.; Davin, E.; Hagedorn, F.; Hüsler, F.; Lehning, M.; Schneebeli, M.; Thürig, E.; Bebi, P., 2014:
Carbon storage versus albedo change: Radiative Forcing of forest expansion in temperate mountainous regions of Switzerland. Biogeosciences Discussions 11: 10123-10165.

Schleef, S.; Löwe, H.; Schneebeli, M., 2014:
Hot-pressure sintering of low-density snow analyzed by X-ray microtomography and in situ microcompression. Acta Mater. 71: 185-194.

Mott, R.; Scipion, D.; Schneebeli, M.; Dawes, N.; Berne, A.; Lehning, M., 2014:
Orographic effects on snow deposition patterns in mountainous terrain. J. Geophys. Res. 119, 3: 1419-1439.