Alexander R. Groos

Dr. Alexander Groos

Department Geographie und Geowissenschaften
Department of Geography

Room: Room 2.103
Wetterkreuz 15
91058 Erlangen


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Curriculum Vitae

2021 – present: PostDoc in the ERC project FRAGILE here at the institute in the Working Group Glacier Systems & Natural Hazards

2020 – 2021: PostDoc in the SNF project “Paleo Glacier Dynamics in the Ethiopian Highlands”, Institute of Geography, University of Bern

2016 – 2020: PhD student in the SNF project “Glacial Chronology of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia”, Institute of Geography, University of Bern

2013 – 2016: M.Sc. Climate and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Geography, University of Augsburg

2010 – 2013: B.Sc. Geography, Department of Geography, Philipps-Universität Marburg








My research activities focus on past, present, and future glacier, climate, and environmental changes in the high mountains. The regional focus is currently on the Alps, the Karakoram, and the Ethiopian Highlands. To document and analyse the evolution of mountain glaciers and to better understand the underlying processes, various methods are applied:

  • Mapping and surface exposure dating of glacial geomorphological landforms to reconstruct glacier fluctuations during the last glacial period (e.g. on the Swiss Plateau and in the Ethiopian Highlands)
  • Mass balance studies on the Kanderfirn in the Swiss Alps since 2017 and on the Passu Glacier and Ghulkin Glacier in the Karakoram since 2021 to monitor recent changes
  • Development and application of autonomous drones for aerial surveys of glacier surfaces and for atmospheric sounding of the boundary layer above
  • Use and further development of numerical models to simulate the mass balance and evolution of glaciers