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Dr. Henning Löwe




WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf


Davos Da B 1 14


Research Interests

My research is devoted to the physical understanding of microstructural controls on snow physical properties (heat transfer, mechanics, electromagnetics, crystal growth) in the context of remote sensing, polar climatology and natural hazards. I mainly rely on statistical physics, numerical simulations, and the analysis of experimental data (field and lab), in particular from micro-computed tomography experiments. My main goal is the unification of microstructural characterizations of snow to develop models that can be parametrized by micro-scale experiments to predict macro-scale behavior of snow for diverse applications in cryospheric sciences.

News and Quasi-News

  • You like useful models? Have a look at the Snow Microwave Radiative Transfer (SMRT) model here.
  • You want to know how metamorphism looks like from a mathematical perspective? Check this.
  • You prefer watching TV? Have a look at this (in german)
  • You are looking for a nice present with lots of images? Get our book.
  • Old but classic: The fate of powder snow as seen by time-lapse tomography... check this out.

Positions and Boards

Thesis Topics

There are always opportunities for MSc/BSc topics. Just send me an email.


You want to know more about Snow Physics? Visit our lecture  "Snowcover: Physics and modeling" at ETH, Zurich. The lecture is held every spring semester.

Publications, CV

Can be found here

Academic Education

  • Diploma Physics, University of Göttingen
  • PhD Theoretical Physics, University of Göttingen
  • Postdoc, Snowcover and Micrometeorology, SLF, Davos