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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

Academic Education

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

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

Professional Experience

  • 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
  • Head of Research Group "Snow Mechanics", 1999-2005
  • Senior Research Scientist at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland, 1997-1999
  • Research Scientist at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland, 1991-1996
  • Research Assistant, Institute for Soil Physics, ETH Zürich, 1984-1991
  • Independent engineer for restoration and mapping of nature reserves (peat bogs, semi- arid meadows), 1983-1991

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.

Professional Activities

Research 

Experimental investigation of snow physical properties at the micro- and macroscale (mechanical, thermal, optical). Processes in recrystallization, metamorphism and diagenesis of the snowpack. Development of new instrumentation (3 patents). Development of quantitative stratigraphy. Application of quantitative stratigraphy to larger-scale processes (remote sensing, avalanche formation, climate research).

Consulting

Expert on questions on snow physics for major global companies, e.g. Nestlé Research.

Services

 Teaching

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

Publications  (ISI)

h-indices and citations @ 2014-03-24
Source h-index Citations
ISI 18 1193
Scopus 18 1286
Google Scholar 25 2391

All Publications (WSL database)

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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.

Schleef, S.; Jaggi, M.; Löwe, H.; Schneebeli, M., 2014:
Instruments and Methods: An improved machine to produce nature-identical snow in the laboratory. J. Glaciol. 60, 219: 94-102.

Dadic, R.; Mullen, P.C.; Schneebeli, M.; Brandt, R.E.; Warren, S.G., 2013:
Effects of bubbles, cracks, and volcanic tephra on the spectral albedo of bare ice near the Transantarctic Mountains: Implications for sea glaciers on Snowball Earth. J. Geophys. Res. 118, 3: 1658-1676.

Bartels-Rausch, T.; Wren, S.; Schreiber, S.; Riche, F.; Schneebeli, M.; Ammann, M., 2013:
Diffusion through the snow-pack - bridging field and lab studies. [Abstract] In: DACA-13: Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-13. Air, Ice & Process Interactions. An IUGG (IAMAS & IACS) Event, July 8-12, 2013, Davos, Switzerland. Abstract proceedings. Davos, 788.

Klein, K.; Schneebeli, M.; Freitag, J., 2013:
The seasonal development of the specific surface area of snow at Kohnen Station in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. [Abstract] In: DACA-13: Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-13. Air, Ice & Process Interactions. An IUGG (IAMAS & IACS) Event, July 8-12, 2013, Davos, Switzerland. Abstract proceedings. Davos, 1178.

Monti, F.; Groot Zwaaftink, C.D.; Schneebeli, M.; Fierz, C.; Macelloni, G.; Cagnati, A., 2013:
Exploring the snow lateral variability within a 20 m snow trench at Concordia Station, East Antarctica. [Abstract] In: DACA-13: Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-13. Air, Ice & Process Interactions. An IUGG (IAMAS & IACS) Event, July 8-12, 2013, Davos, Switzerland. Abstract proceedings. Davos, 141.

Montagnat, M.; Riche, F.; Schneebeli, M., 2013:
Evolution of crystal orientation in snow during temperature gradient metamorphism. [Abstract] In: DACA-13: Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-13. Air, Ice & Process Interactions. An IUGG (IAMAS & IACS) Event, July 8-12, 2013, Davos, Switzerland. Abstract proceedings. Davos, 834.

Thomson, E.; Bartels-Rausch, T.; Riche, F.; Schneebeli, M.; Ammann, M., 2013:
Measuring the influence of microstructure on trace gas-ice interactions. [Abstract] In: DACA-13: Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-13. Air, Ice & Process Interactions. An IUGG (IAMAS & IACS) Event, July 8-12, 2013, Davos, Switzerland. Abstract proceedings. Davos, 916.

Riche, F.; Montagnat, M.; Schneebeli, M., 2013:
Evolution of crystal orientation in snow during temperature gradient metamorphism. J. Glaciol. 59, 213: 47-55.

Köchle, B.; Matzl, M.; Proksch, M., Schneebeli, M., 2013:
Detection and characterization of weak layers. [Abstract] In: DACA-13: Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-13. Air, Ice & Process Interactions. An IUGG (IAMAS & IACS) Event, July 8-12, 2013, Davos, Switzerland. Abstract proceedings. Davos, 409.