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Jacob Hirschberg


PhD student


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi LG D 04



  • since 2018: PhD Student, Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape (WSL), Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Project: "Sediment Cascades in Alpine Mass Movements".
  • 2015 - 2018: Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Thesis: "Impacts of Radar Rainfall Estimation Uncertainties on Simulated Flash Floods in a Desert Environment".
  • 2011 - 2015: Bachelor of Science in  Environmental Engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Thesis: "Characterizing Regionalized Land Use and Land Use Change Flows for Forestry Products and Quantifying their Impact on Biodiversity".


  • Oct 2017 - Jan 2018: Master Thesis Project at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Jan 2017 - Aug 2017: Intern at Hunziker, Zarn & Partner, Aarau, Switzerland. Engineering Office for Hydraulic Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Alpine Mass Movements
  • Dynamics of Debris Flows
  • Natural Hazards in the Alpine Region