• Glaciers and climate change
  • Glacier inventories, glacier surface elevation, volume and mass changes
  • Very small glaciers
  • Application of miscellaneous monitoring techniques in glaciology (direct mass balance, terrestrial laserscanning (TLS), ground penetrating radar (GPR), dGPS surveying, englacial temperatures)
  • Alpine geomorphodynamics and hazards

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION

  • 2018: PhD thesis, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 2013: Awarded with the Swiss Snow, Ice and Permafrost Society SEP-NGP-Prize for Young Researchers for the first best communication in the Open Cryosphere Session at the 11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting (SGM), Lausanne 2013
  • 2012: Karthaus Summer School on Ice Sheets and Glaciers in the Climate System, Italy
  • 2012: Glaciology, University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway
  • 2012: Master thesis, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2011: Arctic Glaciers and Landscapes, University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway
  • 2010: Bachelor thesis, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1998-2004: Gymnasium Kantonsschule Zug
  • 1993-1998: Primary school, Hünenberg

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2018- : Assistant and lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Berne
  • 2016-2018: PostDoc position at the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), University of Zurich
  • 2009-2011: Teaching assistant in Physical Geography, Department of Geography, University of Zurich
  • 2008: GIS-internship at the Forestal bureau, Department of Environment, Canton of Glarus
  • 2007-2008: Tutorial assistance in Physical Geography, Department of Geography, University of Zurich 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS

2018

[7] SCHAEFLI, B., MANSO, P. A., FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & FARINOTTI, D. 2018. The role of glacier retreat for Swiss hydropower production. Renewable Energydoi:10.17605/OSF.IO/7Z96D.

2016

[6] FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., KUMMERT, M., & HOELZLE, M., 2016: Application and validation of long-range terrestrial laser scanning to monitor the mass balance of very small glaciers in the Swiss Alps. The Cryosphere, 10, 1279-1295, doi:10.5194/tc-10-1279-2016Supplementary Material.

(Corresponding discussion paper: The Cryosphere Discuss.doi:10.5194/tc-2016-46Supplementary Material)

[5] CAPT, M., BOSSON, J.-B., FISCHER, M., MICHELETTI, N., & LAMBIEL, C., 2016: Decadal evolution of a very small heavily debris-covered glacier in an Alpine permafrost environment. Journal of Glaciologydoi: 10.1017/jog.2016.56.

[4] HUSS, M., & FISCHER, M.2016: Sensitivity of very small glaciers in the Swiss Alps to future climate change. Frontiers in Earth Science., 4, 34,  doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00034.

2015

[3] FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M., 2015: Surface elevation and mass changes of all Swiss glaciers 1980–2010. The Cryosphere, 9, 525-540, doi:10.5194/tc-9-525-2015.

(Corresponding discussion paper: The Cryosphere Discuss., 8, 4581-4617, doi:10.5194/tcd-8-4581-2014)

2014

[2] Rogers, S. R., FISCHER, M., & HUSS, M., 2014: Combining glaciological and archaeological methods for gauging glacial archaeological potential. Journal of Archaeological Sciencedoi: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.09.010.

[1] FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., BARBOUX, C., & HOELZLE, M., 2014: The new Swiss Glacier Inventory SGI2010: Relevance of using high-resolution source data in areas dominated by very small glaciers. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 46(4),  933-945, doi: 10.1657/1938-4246-46.4.933.

 

CITABLE CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS (EGU & AGU)

MANSO, P., SCHAEFLI, B., FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & FARINOTTI, D, 2018: Alpine hydropower production and glacier retreat: the case of Switzerland. EGU General Assembly, Vienna 2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 20, EGU2018-7786-1.

ZEMP, M., PAUL, F., MACHGUTH, H., & FISCHER, M.2016: Tapping the full potential of geodetic glacier change assessment with air and space borne sensors. Abstract C033 presented at 2016 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 12-16 Dec., 2016 

HUSS, M., & FISCHER, M.2016: Sensitivity of very small glaciers in the Swiss Alps to future climate change. EGU General Assembly, Vienna 2016. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 18, EGU2016-5605.

SCHAEFLI, B., MANSO, P., FISCHER, M., & HUSS, M, 2016: The role of glaciers for Swiss hydropower production. EGU General Assembly, Vienna 2016. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 18, EGU2016-1622.

HUSS, M., & FISCHER, M.2015: Very small glaciers under climate change: From the local to the global scale. Abstract C33E-0861 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 14-18 Dec., 2015.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M., 2015: Use of a new ultra-long range terrestrial LiDAR system to monitor the mass balance of very small glaciers in the Swiss Alps. Abstract C21F-08 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 14-18 Dec., 2015.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M., 2014: Changes in area and volume of all Swiss glaciers over the last 25 years. EGU General Assembly, Vienna 2014. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 16, EGU2014-200. 

FISCHER, M., HAEBERLI, W., HUSS, M., PAUL, F., LINSBAUER, A., & HOELZLE, M., 2013: Estimation of basal shear stresses from now ice-free LIA glacier forefields in the Swiss Alps. EGU General Assembly, Vienna 2013. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15, EGU2013-150.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M., 2013: Recent changes of very small glaciers in the Swiss Alps. EGU General Assembly, Vienna 2013. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15, EGU2013-149.

 

TALKS & SELECTED CONFERENCES

NUSSBAUMER, S. U., FISCHER, M., GÄRTNER-ROER, I., HOELZLE, M., HUBER, J., LANDMANN, J., MACHGUTH, H., MÖLG, N., & PAUL, F., 2017: Continued strong glacier mass loss in 2015: an updated overview of available glacier observations. Abstract 75A2310 presented at 2017 IGS International Symposium On The Cryosphere In A Changing Climate, Wellington, New Zealand, 12-17 Feb., 2017.

WEIDMANN, Y., HUSS, M., FISCHER, M., SCHMASSMANN, E. Swiss Glacier Inventory 3D, a product of the Swiss topographical landscape model. 14th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Geneva, 19. November 2016. Session 12: Cryospheric Sciences. Poster.

BOSSON, J.-B., CAPT, M., FISCHER, M., MICHELETTI, N., LANE, S., & LAMBIEL, C. Internal structure, dynamics and genesis of a small heavily debris-covered glacier system (Tsarmine Glacier; Arolla, VS). 13th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Basel, 21. November 2015. Session 10: Cryospheric Sciences. Poster.

GINDRAUX, S., FARINOTTI, D., FISCHER, M., & BÖSCH, R. Accuracy assessment of UAV photogrammetry on Alpine glaciers. 13th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Basel, 21. November 2015. Session 10: Cryospheric Sciences. Poster.

FISCHER, M., & BOSSON, J.-B. Towards a holistic view of very small Alpine glacier systems. Forschungsforum Kryosphäre und Geomorphologie & Wasser und Klima, University of Zurich, 12. May 2015. Invited talk.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M. Use of a new long-range terrestrial LiDAR system to monitor the mass balance of very small glaciers. 12th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Fribourg, 22. November 2014. Session 11: Cryospheric Sciences. Poster.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M. Le nouvel inventaire des glaciers suisses SGI2010 – changements récents, état présent, évolution future. SIG 2014 conférence francophone ESRI, Versailles, France, 01.-02. October 2014. Talk.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M. Changes in area and volume of all Swiss glaciers over the last 25 years. 18th Alpine Glaciology Meeting, Innsbruck, 27./28. February 2014. Poster.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M. Inventaire des glaciers – Création du nouvel invetaire SGI2010. ESRI Suisse GIS day, Nyon, 20. November 2013. Talk.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M. Changes in area and volume of all Swiss glaciers over the last 25 years. 11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Lausanne, 16. November 2013. Session 14: Cryospheric Sciences. Talk. Corrected Version of the figure in the extended abstract: delev_tschierva.pdf.

BARBOUX, C., FISCHER, M., DELALOYE, R., HUSS, M., & COLLET, C. Mapping of debris-covered ice using DInSAR and airborne photography: A pilot study in the Upper Valais (Swiss Alps). 11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Lausanne, 15./16. November 2013. Session 14: Cryospheric Sciences. Poster.

ROGERS, S. R., & FISCHER, M. GlaciArch: applying glaciological methods for gauging archaeological potential using GIS. 11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Lausanne, 16. November 2013. Session 18: Geoscience and Geoinformation  – From data acquisition to modelling and visualisation. Poster.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M. Monitoring the geodetic mass balance of very small glaciers in the Swiss Alps with a long-range terrestrial lidar system. Workshop on lidar measurements of the cryosphere, Reykholt, Iceland, 20./21. June 2013. Poster.

FISCHER, M., HUSS, M., & HOELZLE, M. Understanding the response of very small glaciers in the Swiss Alps to climate change: An integrated study approach applying different monitoring techniques. 10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Bern, 16./17. November 2012. Session 11: Cryospheric Sciences. Poster.

 

THESES & OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Fischer, M.2018: Understanding the response of very small glaciers in the Swiss Alps to climate change. PhD Thesis, Geography Unit, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, 209 pp. pdf.

FISCHER, M.2016: Mass balance Sankt Annafirn. In: Glaciological Reports, 2016: The Swiss Glaciers, 2011/12-2012/13. Yearbooks of the Cryospheric Commission of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), No. 133/134. Published since 1964 by the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) of the ETH Zurich. pdf

FISCHER, M.2015: The Swiss Glacier Inventory SGI2010. In: Glaciological Reports, 2015: The Swiss Glaciers, 2009/10-2010/11. Yearbooks of the Cryospheric Commission of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), No. 131/132. Published since 1964 by the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) of the ETH Zurich. pdf

Fischer, M., 2012: Application of a refined perfect-plasticity approach for empirical GIS-based basal shear stress modelling to now ice-free LIA glacier forefields in the Swiss Alps. MSc Thesis, Department of Geography, University of Zürich, 105 pp. pdf