Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Andrea FISCHER

Institute for Interdisziplinary Mountain Research
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Technikerstr. 21a
6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Tel: +43-512-507-49451
E-mail: andrea.fischer(at)

Curriculum vitae

Andrea Fischer, born in 1973, studied physics and environmental sciences at the University of Graz. In 2003 she obtained her PhD in the field of remote sensing of snow and ice at the Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics at the University of Innsbruck.
After working as postDoc at the University of Innsbruck and the Commission for Geophysical Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in the field of glaciology, she carried out a number of research projects at the University of Innsbruck and at the alpS research institute, coordinating her team mainly in the field of glaciology, hydrology and geophysics. She took part in scientific expeditions to Tien Shan, Kenia and Uganda and in 2011 and 2012 made research visits to NSIDC, Boulder, CO, and INACH, Punta Arenas, Chile. In 2010 she started work as senior scientist at the Institute for Mountain Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2011 she received the venia docendi of the University of Innsbruck in the field of glaciology, and in 2013 she was voted Austrian of the Year in the research category.

Main fields of research  

Main areas of research are glaciology, geophysics and mountain research. Basic research in the form of long-term monitoring of mass balance and the compilation of time series of glacier inventories provide the basis for detailed process studies on the interaction of mountain glaciers and climate and its impact on local and regional hydrology. Development and validation of methods in applied glaciology, such as snow farming and snow production, augment the basic research by the consideration of socioeconomic impacts and adaption strategies to climate change.


2013 Austria'13 Österreicher des Jahres in der Kategorie Forschung
2006 Herta Firnberg Stipendium, FWF


22           Peer-reviewed publications
25           Other scientific publications
165         Peer-reviewed data publications

Most important publications of the last 10 years

Fischer, A., Seiser, B., Stocker-Waldhuber, M., Mitterer, C., Abermann, J., 2015, Tracing glacier changes in Austria from the Little Ice Age to the present using a lidar-based high-resolution glacier inventory in Austria. The Cryosphere, 9(2), 753-766, doi:10.5194/tc-9-753-2015

Zemp, M., E. Thibert, M. Huss, D. Stumm, C. Rolstad Denby, C. Nuth, S. U. Nussbaumer, G. Moholdt, A. Mercer, C. Mayer, P. C. Joerg, P. Jansson, B. Hynek, A. Fischer, H. Escher-Vetter, H. Elvehøy,  and L.M. Andreassen, 2013, Uncertainties and re-analysis of glacier mass balance measurements, The Cryosphere Discuss., 7, 789-839, doi:10.5194/tcd-7-789-2013, 2013. 

Fischer, A. and M. Kuhn, 2013, GPR measurements of 64 Austrian glaciers as a basis for a regional glacier volume inventory, Annals of Glaciology, 54(64), 179–188.

Fischer, A., 2011, Comparison of direct and geodetic mass balances on a multi-annual time scale, The Cryosphere, 5, 107-124,  doi:10.5194/tc-5-107-2011

Fischer, A.,2010, Glaciers and climate change: Interpretation of 50 years of direct mass balance of Hintereisferner, Global and Planetary Change, Volume 71, Issues 1-2, Pages 13-26, ISSN 0921-8181, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2009.11.014.

Olefs, M., Fischer, A. and Lang, J., 2010, Boundary conditions for artificial snow production in the Austrian Alps, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49, S1096 - 1113.

Fischer, A, 2009, Calculation of glacier volume from sparse ice thickness data, applied to Schaufelferner, Austria. Journal of Glaciology, 55 (191), 453-460.

Joerin, U. E., K. Nicolussi, A. Fischer, T. F. Stocker and C. Schlüchter, 2008, Holocene optimum events inferred from subglacial sediments at Tschierva Glacier, Eastern Swiss Alps, Quaternary Science Reviews, Volume 27, Issues 3-4, February 2008, Pages 337-350, ISSN 0277-3791, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.10.016.



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