Christian Sommer

Dr. Christian Sommer

Department Geographie und Geowissenschaften
Department of Geography

Room: Room 02.126
Wetterkreuz 15
91058 Erlangen


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Shahateet, K., Seehaus, T., Navarro, F., Sommer, C., Braun, M., Geodetic Mass Balance of the South Shetland Islands Ice Caps, Antarctica, from Differencing TanDEM-X DEMs. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 3408.

Rounce, D. R., Hock, R., McNabb, R. W., Millan, R., Sommer, C., Braun, M. H., et al. (2021). Distributed global debris thickness estimates reveal debris significantly impacts glacier mass balance. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL091311.

Sommer, C., Malz, P., Seehaus, T.C., Lippl, S., Zemp, M., Braun, M., 2020. Rapid glacier retreat and downwasting throughout the European Alps in the early 21st century. Nat Commun 11, 3209 (2020).

Farías-Barahona, D., Sommer, C., Sauter, T., Bannister, D., Seehaus, T., Malz, P., Casassa, G., Mayewski, P.A., Turton, J.V., Braun, M., 2020. „Detailed quantification of glacier elevation and mass changes in South Georgia“. Environmental Research Letters 15, 034036.

Seehaus, T., Malz, P., Sommer, C., Lippl, S., Cochachin, A., Braun, M., 2019. Changes of the tropical glaciers throughout Peru between 2000 and 2016 – mass balance and area fluctuations. The Cryosphere 13, 2537–2556.

Benn, D.I., Jones, R.L., Luckman, A., Fürst, J.J., Hewitt, I., Sommer, C., 2019. Mass and enthalpy budget evolution during the surge of a polythermal glacier: a test of theory. J. Glaciol. 65, 717–731.

Braun, M.H., Malz, P., Sommer, C., Farías-Barahona, D., Sauter, T., Casassa, G., Soruco, A., Skvarca, P., Seehaus, T.C., 2019. Constraining glacier elevation and mass changes in South America. Nature Clim Change 9, 130–136.


Glaciology, Remote Sensing, Mountain Geography

Curriculum Vitae

since September 2017: Research assistant, FAU Institut für Geographie, Erlangen

2016: Research assistant Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile

2015 – 2017: Master of Science Physical Geography, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, thesis: Glacier Elevation and mass change in the Hindu Kush mountain range estimated from TanDEM-X and SRTM C-band SAR elevation models.

2014: Research assistant C-CORE, St. John´s, Canada

2011 – 2015: Bachelor of Science Physical Geography,  FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg