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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
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


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).


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


  • SCAR Alternate Delegate for Switzerland  (since 2014)
  • 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)


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

Publications - ORCID

h-indices and citations @ 2014-10-27
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ISI 18 1350
Scopus 20 1482
Google Scholar 27 2674

All Publications (WSL database)

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

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.

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.

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 habit on isothermal densification and specific surface area decrease of new snow. Cryosphere Discuss. 8: 1795-1829.

Proksch, M.; Reuter, B.; Löwe, H.; Schweizer, J.; Schneebeli, M., 2014:
Quantitative Snow Stratigraphy and Stability Derived From High-Resolution Penetrometry. In: International Snow Science Workshop 2014. A merging of Theory and Practice. September 29 - October 3, 2014. Banff, Alberta, Canada. Proceedings. ISSW. Banff, ISSW. 196-201.

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.

Kochle, 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.

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.

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.