PD Dr. Margreth Keiler

Unit Leader Geomorphology

+41 31 631 32 77
+41 31 631 85 11
Postal Address
Institute of Geography
Geomorphology and Risk
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern
Consultation Hour
by appointment


  • mass movements, debris flows
  • sediment flux
  • spatial and temporal trajectories of alpine geomorphologic systems
  • complex system research
  • human-environment interactions

Natural hazards and risk

  • risk analysis
  • vulnerability assessment
  • multi-hazards and risks
  • risk evolution
  • risk management/ governance
  • coupled human-landscape systems
  • since August 2011

Associated Professor

Geomorphology, Natural Hazards and Risk Research University of Bern, Institute of Geography, Switzerland

  • January 2010 – April 2010

Fulbright Visiting Professor 

Duke University, Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences -  Nicholas School Faculty, NC, USA Research project: “Coupled Human-Landscape Systems in Alpine Regions”

  • November 2004 – February 2011

Assistant Professor

University of Vienna, Department of Geography and Regional Research, Austria

  • July 2003 – October 2004

Research Assistant

University of Innsbruck, Institute of Geography, Austria

  • July 2001 – September 2004

PhD in Natural Sciences

(Dr. rer. nat.), University of Innsbruck, Austria. Thesis title: “Determination of Damage Potential for Alpine Risk Assessment”

  • December 2000

Diploma Degree in Geography

University of Innsbruck, Austria. Thesis Title: “Conceptual Studies for an Information System on Natural Hazards for the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-South Tyrol – Modelling of Rock Fall Processes”

  • October 1992 – December 2000

Studies in Geography

Focus on Geomorphology and GIS, additional studies in Earth Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Austria and University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Number of items: 62.

Journal Article

Fuchs, Sven; Röthlisberger, Veronika; Thaler, Thomas; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Keiler, Margreth (2017). Natural Hazard Management from a Coevolutionary Perspective: Exposure and Policy Response in the European Alps. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 107(2), pp. 382-392. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/24694452.2016.1235494

Röthlisberger, Veronika; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Keiler, Margreth (2017). Identifying spatial clusters of flood exposure to support decision making in risk management. Science of the total environment, 598, pp. 593-603. Elsevier 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.216

Röthlisberger, Veronika; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Keiler, Margreth (2016). Spatiotemporal aspects of flood exposure in Switzerland. E3S Web of Conferences, 7(08008), 08008. EDP Sciences 10.1051/e3sconf/20160708008

Papathoma-Köhle, M.; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Fuchs, S.; Glade, T.; Keiler, Margreth (2015). Loss estimation for landslides in mountain areas – An integrated toolbox for vulnerability assessment and damage documentation. Environmental modelling & software, 63, pp. 156-169. Elsevier 10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.10.003

Zimmermann, Markus N.; Keiler, Margreth (2015). International Frameworks for Disaster Risk Reduction: Useful Guidance for Sustainable Mountain Development? Mountain Research and Development, 35(2), pp. 195-202. International Mountain Society 10.1659/mrd-journal-d-15-00006.1

Temme, Arnaud J.A.M.; Keiler, Margreth; Karssenberg, Derek; Lang, Andreas (2015). Complexity and non-linearity in earth surface processes - concepts, methods and applications. Earth surface processes and landforms, 40(9), pp. 1270-1274. Wiley 10.1002/esp.3712

Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth; Zischg, Andreas Paul (2015). A spatiotemporal multi-hazard exposure assessment based on property data. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 15(9), pp. 2127-2142. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/nhess-15-2127-2015

Willi, C.; Graf, C.; Deubelbeiss, Y.; Keiler, Margreth (2015). Methods for detecting channel bed surface changes in a mountain torrent – experiences from the Dorfbach torrent. Geographica Helvetica, 70(4), pp. 265-279. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/gh-70-265-2015

Mazzorana, B.; Simoni, S.; Scherer, C.; Gems, B.; Fuchs, S.; Keiler, Margreth (2014). A physical approach on flood risk vulnerability of buildings. Hydrology and earth system sciences, 18(9), pp. 3817-3836. European Geosciences Union EGU 10.5194/hess-18-3817-2014

Keiler, Margreth; Fuchs, Sven (2014). Frequenz und Magnitude bei Murgängen - Szenarienanalyse. Agenda-FAN, 2014(1), pp. 16-20. FAN Fachleute Naturgefahren Schweiz

Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth; Sokratov, Sergey; Shnyparkov, Alexander (2013). Spatiotemporal dynamics: the need for an innovative approach in mountain hazard risk management. Natural Hazards, 68(3), pp. 1217-1241. Springer 10.1007/s11069-012-0508-7

Birkmann, J.; Cardona, O. D.; Carreño, M. L.; Barbat, A. H.; Pelling, M.; Schneiderbauer, S.; Kienberger, S.; Keiler, Margreth; Alexander, D.; Zeil, P.; Welle, T. (2013). Framing vulnerability, risk and societal responses: the MOVE framework. Natural Hazards, 67(2), pp. 193-211. Springer 10.1007/s11069-013-0558-5

Kappes, Melanie S.; Gruber, K.; Frigerio, S.; Bell, Rainer; Keiler, Margreth; Glade, Thomas (2012). The MultiRISK platform: The technical concept and application of a regional-scale multihazard exposure analysis tool. Geomorphology, 151-152, pp. 139-155. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.01.024

Kappes, Melanie S.; Keiler, Margreth; von Eleverfeldt, Kirsten; Glade, Thomas (2012). Challenges of analyzing multi-hazard risk: a review. Natural Hazards, 64(2), pp. 1925-1958. Dordrecht: Springer 10.1007/s11069-012-0294-2

Kappes, Melanie S.; Papathoma-Koehle, Maria; Keiler, Margreth (2012). Assessing physical vulnerability for multi-hazards using an indicator-based methodology. Applied geography, 32(2), pp. 577-590. Oxford: Elsevier 10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.07.002

Keiler, Margreth; Kellerer-Pirklbauer, Andreas; Otto, Jan-Christoph (2012). Concepts and implications of environmental change and human impact: Studies from Austrian geomorphological research (Preface). Geografiska annaler. Series A - physical geography, 94A(1), pp. 1-5. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/j.1468-0459.2012.00457.x

Mazzorana, Bruno; Levaggi, Laura; Keiler, Margreth; Fuchs, Sven (2012). Towards dynamics in flood risk assessment. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 12(1), pp. 3571-3587. Göttingen: Copernicus Publications 10.5194/nhess-12-3571-2012

Poeppl, Ronald E.; Keiler, Margreth; von Elverfeldt, Kirsten; Zweimueller, Irene; Glade, Thomas (2012). The influence of riparian vegetation cover on diffuse lateral sediment connectivity and biogeomorphic processes in a medium-sized agricultural catchment, Austria. Geografiska annaler. Series A - physical geography, 94(4), pp. 511-529. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/j.1468-0459.2012.00476.x

Papathoma-Köhle, Maria; Keiler, Margreth; Totschnig, Reinhold; Glade, Thomas (2012). Improvement of vulnerability curves using data from extreme events: debris flow event in South Tyrol. Natural Hazards, 64(3), pp. 2083-2105. Dordrecht: Springer 10.1007/s11069-012-0105-9

Keiler, Margreth (2011). Geomorphology and Complexity – inseparably connected? Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 55(3), pp. 233-257. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung 10.1127/0372-8854/2011/0055S3-0060

Papathoma-Köhle, M.; Kappes, M.; Keiler, Margreth; Glade, T. (2011). Physical vulnerability assessment for alpine hazards: state of the art and future needs. Natural Hazards, 58(2), pp. 645-680. Springer 10.1007/s11069-010-9632-4

Sattler, K.; Keiler, Margreth; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Schrott, L. (2011). On the Connection between Debris Flow Activity and Permafrost Degradation: A Case Study from the Schnalstal, South Tyrolean Alps, Italy. Permafrost and periglacial processes, 22(3), pp. 254-265. Wiley 10.1002/ppp.730

Keiler, Margreth; Knight, J.; Harrison, S. (2010). Climate change and geomorphological hazards in the eastern European Alps. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society. Series A - mathematical, physical and engineering sciences, 368(1919), pp. 2461-2479. Royal Society of London 10.1098/rsta.2010.0047

Keiler, Margreth; Sailer, R.; Jörg, P.; Weber, C.; Fuchs, S.; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Sauermoser, S. (2006). Avalanche risk assessment - a multi-temporal approach, results from Galtür, Austria. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 6(4), pp. 637-651. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/nhess-6-637-2006

Fuchs, S.; Keiler, Margreth; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Bründl, M. (2005). The long-term development of avalanche risk in settlements considering the temporal variability of damage potential. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 5(6), pp. 893-901. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/nhess-5-893-2005

Zischg, Andreas Paul; Fuchs, S.; Keiler, Margreth; Meißl, G. (2005). Modelling the system behaviour of wet snow avalanches using an expert system approach for risk management on high alpine traffic roads. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 5(6), pp. 821-832. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/nhess-5-821-2005

Keiler, Margreth; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Fuchs, S.; Hama, M.; Stötter, J. (2005). Avalanche related damage potential - changes of persons and mobile values since the mid-twentieth century, case study Galtür. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 5(1), pp. 49-58. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/nhess-5-49-2005

Zischg, Andreas Paul; Fuchs, S.; Keiler, Margreth; Stötter, J. (2005). Temporal variability of damage potential on roads as a conceptual contribution towards a short-term avalanche risk simulation. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 5(2), pp. 235-242. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/nhess-5-235-2005

Peticzka, R.; Embleton-Hamann, C.; Glatzel, S.; Keiler, Margreth; Schrott, L: (2005). Research in physical geography at the University of Vienna. Mitteilungen der österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft, 147, pp. 209-226. Österreichische Geographische Gesellschaft

Keiler, Margreth (2004). Development of the damage potential resulting from avalanche risk in the period 1950-2000, case study Galtur. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 4(2), pp. 249-256. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/nhess-4-249-2004

Book Section

Keiler, Margreth; Fuchs, Sven (2016). Vulnerability and exposure to geomorphic hazards: Some insights form the European Alps. In: Meadows, Michael E.; Lin, Jiun-Chuan (eds.) Geomorphology and Society. Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences (pp. 165-180). Springer

Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth (2016). Vulnerability and resilience – two complementary factors in natural hazard management? In: Fekete, Alexander; Hufschmidt, Gabriele (eds.) Atlas der Verwundbarkeit und Resilienz - Pilotausgabe zu Deutschland, Österreich, Liechtenstein und Schweiz / Atlas of Vulnerability and Resilience - Pilot version for Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland (pp. 50-53). Köln und Bonn: TH Köln & Unversität Bonn

Hoelzle, Martin; Delaloye, Reynald; Keiler, Margreth; Salzmann, Nadine; Schaub, Yvonne; Zimmermann, Markus (2016). Naturgefahren ausgelöst durch ein verändertes Klimasystem: Prozessketten und komplexe Risiken. In: Brennpunkt Klima Schweiz. Grundlagen, Folgen und Perspektiven. Swiss academies reports: Vol. 11(5) (pp. 92-95). Bern: Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz

Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth; Sokratov, Sergey (2015). Snow and avalanches. In: Huggel, Christian; Carey, Mark; Clague, John J.; Fraser, Simon; Kääb, Andreas (eds.) The high-mountain cryosphere: environmental changes and human risks (pp. 50-70). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Birkmann, Jörn; Cardona, Omar D.; Carreño, Liliana; Barbat, Alex H.; Pelling, Mark; Schneiderbauer, Stefan; Kienberger, Stefan; Keiler, Margreth; Devaux, David; Zeil, Peter; Welle, Torsten (2014). Theoretical framework for the assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change [in Europe]. In: Birkmann, Jörn; Kienberger, Stefan; Alexander, David E. (eds.) Assessment of Vulnerability to Natural Hazards. A European Perspective (pp. 1-19). Elsevier 10.1016/B978-0-12-410528-7.00001-1

Papathoma-Köhle, Maria; Ulbrich, Thorsten; Keiler, Margreth; Pedoth, Lydia; Totschnig, Reinhold; Glade, Thomas; Schneiderbauer, Stefan; Eidswig, Unni (2014). Vulnerability to Heatwaves, Floods and Mass Movements in Mountainous Terrain: Test Cases in South Tyrol. In: Birkmann, Jörn; Kienberger, Stefan; Alexander, David E. (eds.) Assessment of Vulnerability to Natural Hazards. A European Perspective (pp. 179-201). Elsevier 10.1016/B978-0-12-410528-7.00008-4

Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth (2013). Space and time: coupling dimensions in natural hazard risk management? In: Müller-Mahn, Detlef (ed.) The Spatial Dimension of Risk. How Geography Shapes the Emergence of Riskscapes. Earthscan Risk in Society (pp. 189-201). Oxford: Routledge, Tayler & Francis Group

Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth; Tsao, Ting-Chi (2013). Magnitude and frequency: challenges for the assessment of vulnerability to geomorphic hazards. In: Brebbia, Carlos A. (ed.) Risk Analysis VIII. WIT transactions on information communication technologies: Vol. 44 (pp. 191-202). Southampton: WIT Press 10.2495/RISK120171

Keiler, Margreth (2013). World-wide trends in natural disasters. In: Bobrowsky, Peter (ed.) Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series (pp. 1111-1114). Heidelberg: Springer

Knight, Jasper; Keiler, Margreth (2013). Impacts of recent and future climate change on natural hazards in the European Alps. In: McGuire, Bill; Maslin, Mark (eds.) Climate forcing of geological hazards (pp. 223-249). London: Wiley-Blackwell

Puissant, Anne; Eeckhaut, Miet; Kappes, Melanie; Papathoma-Koehle, Maria; Keiler, Margreth; Hervás, Javier; Malet, Jean-Philippe (2013). Index-Oriented Methodologies for Landslide Consequence Analysis: An Application to a Mountain Community in the French Alps. In: Margottini, Claudio; Canuti, Paolo; Sassa, Kyoji (eds.) Landslide Science and Practice : Vol. 7 Social and Economic Impact and Policies 7 (pp. 159-167). Berlin: Springer 10.1007/978-3-642-31313-4_21

Bründl, M.; Bartelt, P.; Schweizer, J.; Keiler, Margreth (2010). Snow avalanche risk analysis - Review and future challenges. In: Alcántara-Ayala, Irasema; Goudie, Andrew S. (eds.) Geomorphological hazards and disaster prevention. Cambridge University Press

Keiler, Margreth; Fuchs, Sven (2010). Berechnetes Risiko – Mit Sicherheit an der Grenze der Gefahrenzonen. In: Eigner, Heike; Pott, Andreas (eds.) Geographische Risikoforschung – Zur Konstruktion verräumlichter Risken und Sicherheiten. Erdkundliches Wissen: Vol. 147 (pp. 51-68). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag

Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth (2006). Natural hazard risk depending on the variability of damage potential. In: Brebbia, C.A.; Popov, V. (eds.) Simulation and Hazard Mitigation. Risk Analysis: Vol. V (pp. 13-22). Southampton: WIT Press

Keiler, Margreth; Meissl, G.; Stotter, J. (2004). Determination of the damage potential: A contribution to the analysis of avalanche risk. In: Brebbia, C.A. (ed.) Management in Information Systems. Risk Analysis: Vol. IV (pp. 187-196). WIT Press


Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Bachmann, Felicitas; Alcántara-Ayala, Irasema; Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth; Mishra, Arabinda; Sötz, Elisabeth (eds.) (2017). Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains: Making the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction work for sustainable mountain development. Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Bern Open Publishing (BOP)

Embleton-Hamann, Christine; von Elverfeldt, Kirsten; Keiler, Margreth (2013). Geomorphologie in Stichworten. Teil 1. Theorie, Methoden, endogene Prozesse und Formen. 7., neu bearb. Auflage [Textbook] . Geomorphologie in Stichworten: Vol. 1. Stuttgart: Bornträger

Embleton-Hamann, Christine; Keiler, Margreth; Teufl, Isabella (eds.) (2009). Wien. Umweltstadtführer. Einblicke in die Natur einer Großstadt. Böhlau

Keiler, Margreth; Fuchs, Sven; Glade, Thomas (eds.) (2008). Vulnerability assessment and spatial/temporal variability of natural hazards risk. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. Copernicus Publications

Kellerer-Pirklbauer, A.; Keiler, Margreth; Embleton-Hamann, C.; Stötter, J. (eds.) (2007). Geomorphology for the Future. Conference Series. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press

Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth; Zischg, Andreas Paul (2001). Risikoanalyse Oberes Suldental, Vinschgau. Konzepte und Methoden zur Erstellung eines Naturgefahrenhinweis-Informationssystems. Innsbrucker Geographische Studien: Vol. 31. Innsbruck: Geographisches Institut Universität Innsbruck

Conference or Workshop Item

Suter, Hannes; Thomi, Luzius; Kern, Raoul; Künzler, Matthias; Gusterer, Conny; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Weingartner, Rolf; Martius, Olivia; Keiler, Margreth (2016). Was macht Hochwasserschutzprojekte erfolgreich? Eine Evaluation von Projektablauf und Risiko basierend auf den Perspektiven Schweizer Gemeinden. In: 13th Congress Interpraevent 2016 (pp. 159-167). International Research Society INTERPRAEVENT

von Fischer, Florian; Keiler, Margreth; Zimmermann, Markus (2016). Modelling of individual debris flows using Flow-R: A case study in four Swiss torrents. In: 13th Congress Interpraevent 2016 (pp. 257-264). International Research Society INTERPRAEVENT

Zischg, Andreas Paul; Felder, Guido; Weingartner, Rolf; Gomez, Juan Jose; Röthlisberger, Veronika; Bernet, Daniel Benjamin; Rössler, Ole Kristen; Raible, Christoph; Keiler, Margreth; Martius, Olivia (2016). M-AARE - Coupling atmospheric, hydrological, hydrodynamic and damage models in the Aare river basin, Switzerland. In: 13th Congress Interpraevent 2016 (pp. 444-451). International Research Society Interpraevent

Fuchs, Sven; Zischg, Andreas Paul; Keiler, Margreth (2016). Spatial and temporal exposure of elements at risk in Austria. In: 13th Congress Interpraevent 2016 (pp. 503-512). International Research Society Interpraevent

Keiler, Margreth; Fischer, Benjamin (2016). Human induced risk dynamics - a quantitative analysis of debris flow risks in Sörenberg, Switzerland (1950 to 2014). In: 13th Congress Interpraevent 2016 (pp. 571-579). International Research Society Interpraevent

Schönthal, Esther; Keiler, Margreth (2016). Natural hazard induced risk: a dynamic individualised approach for calculating hit probability on networks. In: 13th Congress Interpraevent 2016 (pp. 638-646). International Research Society Interpraevent

Pöppl, Ronald E.; Keesstra, Saskia D.; Keiler, Margreth; Coulthard, Tom; Glade, Thomas (2013). Impact of dams, dam removal and dam-related river engineering structures on sediment connectivity and channel morphology of the Fugnitz and the Kaja Rivers. In: Bauch, K. (ed.) 5th Symposium for Research in Protected Areas (pp. 607-614). Hohe Tauern Nationalpark

Fuchs, Sven; Tsao, Ting-Chi; Keiler, Margreth (2012). Quantitative vulnerability functions for use in mountain hazard risk management - the challenge to transfer. In: Koboltschnig, G.; Hübl, J.; Braun, J. (eds.) 12th Congress Interpraevent (pp. 885-896). Klagenfurt: Internationale Forschungsgesellschaft INTERPRAEVENT

Mazzorana, Bruno; Fuchs, Sven; Keiler, Margreth (2012). A decision theoretical approach to identify optimal risk mititgation strategies. In: Koboltschnig, G.; Hübl, J.; Braun, J. (eds.) 12th Congress Interpraevent (pp. 1021-1032). Klagenfurt: Internationale Forschungsgesellschaft INTERPRAEVENT

Papathoma-Köhle, Maria; Totschnig, Reinhold; Keiler, Margreth; Glade, Thomas (2012). A new vulnerability function for debris flow - the importance of physical vulnerability assessment in alpine areas. In: Koboltschnig, G.; Hübl, J.; Braun, J. (eds.) 12th Congress Interpraevent (pp. 1033-1043). Klagenfurt: Internationale Forschungsgesellschaft INTERPRAEVENT

Kappes, M.S.; Keiler, Margreth; Glade, Thomas (2010). From single- to multi-hazard risk analyses: a concept addressing emerging challenges. In: Malet, Jean-Philippe; Glade, Thomas; Casagli, Nicola (eds.) Mountains Risks: Bringing Science to Society (International conference) (pp. 351-356). Strassbourg: CERG Editions

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