The project focuses on alpine glaciers and their role in the continental hydrologic cycle, as climate indicators and their interaction with the solid earth. In addition to many years of intensive research work on the Vernagtferner, the "house glacier" in the Ötztal Alps, investigations are being carried out in various glacier regions, e.g. Iceland, Norway, the Pamir, and the Karakorum. Along with classical field measurements from geodesy and glaciology, modern satellite methods are also used. Interactions between glaciers and their environment are modelled on the basis of the data obtained in this way as a function of climatic changes. At the same time, geodetic work on geodynamics and reference systems will be carried out as a basis for a variety of further investigations in the geosciences.

The project is funded by the Free State of Bavaria since 2016 under the name Erdmessung und Glaziologie.


Permanent cooperation partners
British National Oceanography Center
Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie
Center for Geophysical Investigations of the Shallow Subsurface
Central Asian Regional Glaciological Centre
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
Department für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften (Laboratorio Glaciologia) Università Milano-Biococca
Department für Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften LMU München
Department of Geography University of Idaho
Department of Geosciences University of Oslo
Deutscher Wetterdienst
Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik
Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam
Geographisches Institut Universität Zürich
Geophysikalisches Observatorium Fürstenfeldbruck
Hydrographischer Dienst
Icelandic Met Office (Veðurstofnum Íslands)
Institut für Astronomische und Physikalische Geodäsie
Institut für Atmosphären- und Kryospährenwissenschaften Unversität Innsbruck
Institut für Geographie Universität Eichstätt
Institut für Kartographie TU Dresden
Institut für Umweltphysik Universität Heidelberg
Instituto Ardito Desio Università degli studi di Milano
Landesamt für Digitalisierung, Breitband und Vermessung Bayern
Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry
National Land Survey of Iceland
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Norwegian Water Ressources and Engery Directorate
Norwegisches Landesvermessungsamt (Kartverket)
Institut für Kartographie TU München
School of Mathematics University of Manchester
Universidad de Concepción
WSL-Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung
Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geophysik


  • Dr. Charalampos Charalampidis
  • Dr.-Ing. Christian Gerlach
  • Barbara Hubertus
  • Dr. Astrid Lambrecht
  • Carlo Licciulli
  • Dr. Christoph Mayer
  • Dipl.-Geol. Matthias Siebers
  • Torsten Spohnholtz
  • Dr.-Ing. Christof Völksen
  • Dr.-Ing. Anja Wendt
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