Frank Paul

Dr. Frank Paul
Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics Group (3G)
Geographisches Institut - Physical Geography
Universität Zürich
25 K 48
Winterthurerstr. 190
CH-8057 Zürich

Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 51 75
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 635 51 11
Fax: +41 (0) 44 635 68 41
E-mail: frank.paul(at)
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Programs in which Frank Paul holds an official function:
IPCC-AR5-2013lead author

Additional functions:
Project Manager of the ESA project GlobGlacier
Scientific Lead of the ESA Glaciers_cci project
Member of the Expert Commission Cryospheric Networks (SCNAT)

Key Publications of Frank Paul (up to ten) :
Paul, F., Kaab, A., Maisch, M., Kellenberger, T. W. and Haeberli, W. (2002): The new remote-sensing-derived Swiss glacier inventory: I. Methods. Annals of Glaciology, 34, 355-361.

Paul, F., Huggel, C. and Kaab, A. (2004): Combining satellite multispectral image data and a digital elevation model for mapping of debris-covered glaciers. Remote Sensing of Environment, 89 (4), 510-518.

Paul, F., Kaab, A., Maisch, M., Kellenberger, T. W. and Haeberli, W. (2004): Rapid disintegration of Alpine glaciers observed with satellite data. Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L21402, doi:10.1029/2004GL020816.

Paul, F. and Haeberli, W. (2008): Spatial variability of glacier elevation changes in the Swiss Alps obtained from two digital elevation models. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L21502 (doi:10.1029/2008GL034718).

Paul, F. and Kotlarski, S. (2010): Forcing a distributed mass balance model with the regional climate model REMO, Part II: Downscaling strategy and results for two Swiss glaciers. Journal of Climate, 23 (6), 1607-1620.

Paul, F. (2010): The influence of changes in glacier extent and surface elevation on modeled mass balance. The Cryosphere, 4, 569-581.

Linsbauer, A., Paul, F. and Haeberli, W. (2012): Modeling glacier thickness distribution and bed topography over entire mountain ranges with GlabTop: A new, fast and robust approach. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 117, F03007.

Bolch, T., Kulkarni, A., Kääb, A., Huggel, H., Paul, F., Cogley, J.G., Frey, H., Kargel, J.S., Fujita, K., Scheel, M., Bajracharya, S. and Stoffel, M. (2012): The State and Fate of Himalayan Glaciers. Science, 336, 310-314.

Paul, F., N. Barrand, E. Berthier, T. Bolch, K. Casey, H. Frey, S.P. Joshi, V. Konovalov, R. Le Bris, N. Mölg, G. Nosenko, C. Nuth, A. Pope, A. Racoviteanu, P. Rastner, B. Raup, K. Scharrer, S. Steffen and S. Winsvold (2013): On the accuracy of glacier outlines derived from remote sensing data. Annals of Glaciology, 54 (63), 171-182.

Paul, F. and N. Mölg (2014): Hasty retreat of glaciers in northern Patagonia from 1985 to 2011. Journal of Glaciology, 60 (224), 1033-1043.

Paul, F., T. Strozzi, T. Schellenberger and A. Kääb (2017): The 2015 surge of Hispar Glacier in the Karakoram. Remote Sensing, 9(9), 888; DOI: 10.3390/rs9090888.

Expertise of Frank Paul:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Topic AtmosphereMeteorology
Global Warming
Topic CryosphereGlaciers
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleRegional
National / Cultural
Time FrameRecent / Today
Statistical FocusMean Change / Trends
MethodsData Collection - Measurement
Data Analysis
Literature Study
Applied Research / Technology
Integrated Assessment
Program Coordination / Management

Specialties of Frank Paul:
Winner of a Swiss Global Change Day Poster Award 2003 (WCRP)

Last update: 1/17/19
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2021)

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