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Manfred Bardy-Durchhalter, Oliver Bender, Giulia Bertolotti, Domenico Branca, Valerie Braun, Pascal Bohleber, Daniela Festi, Andrea Fischer, Andreas Gschwentner, Lea Hartl, Andreas Haller, Kay Helfricht, Clemens Hiller, Kati Heinrich, Andrina Janicke, Margreth Keiler, Günter Köck, Armin Kratzer, Andrea Lamprecht, Harald Pauli, Annemarie Polderman, Jan Pfeiffer, Fernando Ruiz Peyré, Patrick Saccone, Brigitte Scott, Bernd Seiser, Martin Stocker-Waldhuber, and Thomas Zieher "Joint Endeavor Toward Sustainable Mountain Development: Research at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences," Mountain Research and Development 42(1), P1-P4, (28 February 2022).


Fischer, A., Stocker-Waldhuber, M., Frey, M. et al. Contemporary mass balance on a cold Eastern Alpine ice cap as a potential link to the Holocene climate. Sci Rep 12, 1331 (2022).


Fischer A., Felbauer L., Janicke A., Helfricht K., Hoffmann H., Wild EM. (2022) Glaciers, Climate and People: Holocene Transitions in the Stubai Valley. In: Schickhoff U., Singh R., Mal S. (eds) Mountain Landscapes in Transition. Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer, Cham.


Wagner, T. S. Kainz, K. Helfricht, A. Fischer, M. Avian, K. Krainer, G. Winkler, 2021, Assessment of liquid and solid water storage in rock glaciers versus glacier ice in the Austrian Alps, Science of The Total Environment, 800, 149593,


Fischer, A., Schwaizer, G., Seiser, B., Helfricht, K., and Stocker-Waldhuber, M.: High-resolution inventory to capture glacier disintegration in the Austrian Silvretta, The Cryosphere, 15, 4637–4654,, 2021.


Hartl, L., Helfricht, K., Stocker-Waldhuber, M., Seiser, B., & Fischer, A. 2021. Classifying disequilibrium of small mountain glaciers from patterns of surface elevation change distributions. Journal of Glaciology, 1-16. doi:10.1017/jog.2021.90


Hohensinner S., Atzler U., Fischer A., Schwaizer G., Helfricht K., Tracing the Long-Term Evolution of Land Cover in an Alpine Valley 1820–2015 in the Light of Climate, Glacier and Land Use Changes, Frontiers in Environmental Science, 9, 2021, 331,,  doi:10.3389/fenvs.2021.683397  


Fischer, A. and Mayer, C., 2021. The History of Glaciology in the Inner Ötztal Alps, p 497-517. In: Fowler, A. and F. Ng: Glaciers and Ice Sheets in the Climate System, Springer


Bohleber, P., Schwikowski, M., Stocker-Waldhuber, M. et al. New glacier evidence for ice-free summits during the life of the Tyrolean Iceman. Sci Rep 10, 20513 (2020).


Hartl, L., Felbauer, L., Schwaizer, G., and Fischer, A.: Small-scale spatial variability in bare-ice reflectance at Jamtalferner, Austria, The Cryosphere, 14, 4063–4081,, 2020.


Fischer A., 2020. Alpengletscher, Tyrolia. Mit Bildern von Bernd Ritschel

Andrea Fischer, Wolfgang Schöner und Jan-Christoph Otto, Gletschergefahren. In : In: T. Glade, M. Mergili, K. Sattler (Hrsg.), ExtremA 2019. Aktueller Wissensstand zu Extremereignissen alpiner Naturgefahren in Österreich. Vienna University Press, S. 563–578.


Zemp, M., Sajood, A.A., Pitte, P., van Ommen, T., Fischer, A., Soruco, A., Thomson, L., Schaefer, M., Li, Z., Ceballos Lievano, J.L., Cáceres Correa, B.E., Vincent, C., Tielidze, L., Braun, L.N., Ahlstrøm, A.P., Hannesdóttir, H., Dobhal, D.P., Karimi, N., Baroni, C., Fujita, K., Severskiy, I., Prinz, R., Usubaliev, R., Delgado-Granados, H., Demberel, O., Joshi, S.P., Anderson, B., Hagen, J.O., Dávila Roller, L.R., Gadek, B., Popovnin, V.V., Cobos, G., Holmlund, P., Huss, M., Kayumov, A., Lea, J.M., Pelto, M., and Yakovlev, A. (2019): Glacier monitoring to track warming. Nature, 576, p. 39.


Magdalena Vuković (Hg.): Von wunderbarer Klarheit: Friedrich Simonys Gletscherfotografien, 1875–1891, mit Texten von Monika Faber, Andrea Fischer, Friedrich Simony und Magdalena Vuković, Wien: Album Verlag, 2019, 104 Seiten mit zahlreichen Abbildungen.


Fischer, A., T. Fickert, G. Schwaizer, G. Patzelt & G.Groß, 2019, Vegetation dynamics in Alpine glacier forelands tackled from space, Nature Scientific Reports 9,


Stocker-Waldhuber, M., Fischer, A., Helfricht, K., and Kuhn, M.: Long-term records of glacier surface velocities in the Ötztal Alps (Austria), Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 11, 705-715,, 2019.


Feng, Z., P. Bohleber, S. Ebser, L. Ringena, M. Schmidt, A. Kersting, P. Hopkins, H. Hoffmann, A. Fischer, W. Aeschbach, M. K. Oberthaler, 2019, Dating glacier ice of the last millennium by quantum technology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Apr 2019, 201816468; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1816468116.


Helfricht, K., M. Huss, A. Fischer and J.-C. Otto (2019).Calibrated ice thickness estimate for all glaciers in Austria, Front. Earth Sci. doi: 10.3389/feart.2019.00068


Charalampidis C., Fischer A., Kuhn M., Lambrecht A., Mayer C., Thomaidis K. and Weber M. (2018). Mass-Budget Anomalies and Geometry Signals of Three Austrian Glaciers. Front. Earth Sci. 6:218. doi: 10.3389/feart.2018.00218: URL:


Hartl, L., A. Fischer, M. Olefs, 2018. Analysis of past changes in wet bulb
temperature in relation to snow making conditions based on long term
observations Austria and Germany, Global and Planetary Change, 167,
August 2018, 123-136, ISSN 0921-8181,


Fischer, A., G. Patzelt, M. Achrainer, G. Groß, G. K. Lieb, A. Kellerer-Pirklbauer & G. Bendler, 2018. Gletscher im Wandel: 125 Jahre Gletschermessdienst des Alpenvereins. Springer Spektrum, 140 S. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-55540-8.


Bohleber, P., Hoffmann, H., Kerch, J., Sold, L., and Fischer, A.: Investigating cold based summit glaciers through direct access to the glacier base: a case study constraining the maximum age of Chli Titlis glacier, Switzerland, The Cryosphere, 12, 401-412,, 2018


Farinotti, D., Brinkerhoff, D. J., Clarke, G. K. C., Fürst, J. J., Frey, H., Gantayat, P., Gillet-Chaulet, F., Girard, C., Huss, M., Leclercq, P. W., Linsbauer, A., Machguth, H., Martin, C., Maussion, F., Morlighem, M., Mosbeux, C., Pandit, A., Portmann, A., Rabatel, A., Ramsankaran, R., Reerink, T. J., Sanchez, O., Stentoft, P. A., Singh Kumari, S., van Pelt, W. J. J., Anderson, B., Benham, T., Binder, D., Dowdeswell, J. A., Fischer, A., Helfricht, K., Kutuzov, S., Lavrentiev, I., McNabb, R., Gudmundsson, G. H., Li, H., and Andreassen, L. M.: How accurate are estimates of glacier ice thickness? Results from ITMIX, the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment, The Cryosphere, 11, 949-970, doi:10.5194/tc-11-949-2017, 2017.


Vincent, C., A. Fischer, C. Mayer, A. Bauder, S. P. Galos, M. Funk, E. Thibert, D. Six, L. Braun, and M. Huss, 2017. Common climatic signal from glaciers in the European Alps over the last 50 years, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 1376–1383, doi:10.1002/2016GL072094. [pdf]


Bohleber, P., Sold, L., Hardy, D. R., Schwikowski, M., Klenk, P., Fischer, A., Sirguey, P., Cullen, N. J., Potocki, M., Hoffmann, H., and Mayewski, P.: Ground-penetrating radar reveals ice thickness and undisturbed englacial layers at Kilimanjaro's Northern Ice Field, The Cryosphere, 11, 469-482, doi:10.5194/tc-11-469-2017, 2017. [pdf]


Fischer, A., K. Helfricht, H. Wiesenegger, L. Hartl, B. Seiser, M. Stocker-Waldhuber, 2016. Chapter 9 - What Future for Mountain Glaciers? Insights and Implications From Long-Term Monitoring in the Austrian Alps, In: Gregory B. Greenwood and J.F. Shroder, Editor(s), Developments in Earth Surface Processes, Elsevier, 21, 325-382.


Fischer, A., Helfricht, K., and Stocker-Waldhuber, M.: Local reduction of decadal glacier thickness loss through mass balance management in ski resorts, The Cryosphere, 10, 2941-2952, doi:10.5194/tc-10-2941-2016, 2016.






Selected publications:


Stocker-Waldhuber, M., Fischer, A., Keller, L., Morche, D., Kuhn, M., 2016. Funnel-shaped surface depressions - Indicator or accelerant of rapid glacier disintegration? A case study in the Tyrolean Alps. Geomorphology, Special Issue: SEDIBUD. in press: DOI:


Hartl, L., Fischer, A., Abermann, J. and Stocker-Waldhuber, M., 2016. Recent speed-up of an Alpine rock glacier: an updated chronology of the kinematics of Outer Hochebenkar rock glacier based on geodetic measurements. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 98, 129-141. DOI:10.1111/geoa.12127 [pdf]


Hartl, L., Fischer, A., Klug, C., and Nicholson, L., 2016. Can a simple Numerical Model Help to Fine-Tune the Analysis of Ground-Penetrating Radar Data? Hochebenkar Rock Glacier as a Case Study. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research: May 2016, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 377-393.


Michael Zemp Historically unprecedented global glacier decline in the early 21st century. Journal of Glaciology. August 3, 2015. doi: 10.3189/2015JoG15J017 [pdf]


Fischer, A., Seiser, B., Stocker Waldhuber, M., Mitterer, C., and 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, 753-766, doi:10.5194/tc-9-753-2015.

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Fischer, A. (2010) Glaciers and climate change: Interpretation of 50 years of direct mass balance of Hintereisferner, Global and Planetary Change 71, 1-2: 13-26. [link]


Olefs, M., A. Fischer,  and J. Lang (2010): Boundary conditions for artificial snow production in the Austrian Alps, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49, 1096-1113. [link]


Olefs, M. and A. Fischer (2009): Comparative study of technical measures to reduce snow and ice ablation in Alpine glacier ski resorts, Cold regions science and technology, 52/3, 2008, 371-384, doi:10.1016/j.coldregions.2007.04.021. [link]


Joerin, U. E., K. Nicolussi, A. Fischer, T. F. Stocker, 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, pp. 337-350, ISSN 0277-3791, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.10.016. [link]











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