Marcia Phillips

Dr. Marcia Phillips
Schnee und Permafrost: Permafrost
Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung, SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
CH-7260 Davos Dorf

Phone: +41 (0) 81 417 02 18
Phone2: +41 (0) 81 417 01 11
Fax: +41 (0) 81 417 01 10
E-mail: phillips(at)
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with involvement of Marcia Phillips

Programs in which Marcia Phillips holds an official function:

Additional functions:
Swiss Glaciological Commission (steering committee)

Key Publications of Marcia Phillips (up to ten) :
PHILLIPS M., WOLTER A., LÜTHI R., AMANN F., KENNER R., BÜHLER Y. (2016). Rock slope failure in a recently deglaciated permafrost rock wall at Piz Kesch (Eastern Swiss Alps), February 2014. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, DOI 10.1002/esp.3992.
LUETHI R, PHILLIPS M., LEHNING M. (2016). Estimating non-conductive heat flow leading to intra-permafrost talik formation at the Ritigraben rock glacier (Western Swiss Alps). Permafrost and Periglacial Processes. DOI 10.1002/ppp.1911
DRAEBING D., HABERKORN A., KRAUTBLATTER M., KENNER R., PHILLIPS M. (2017). Thermal and Mechanical Responses Resulting From Spatial and Temporal Snow Cover Variability in Permafrost Rock Slopes, Steintaelli, Swiss Alps. Permafrost and Periglacial Procceses. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1921
HABERKORN A., WEVER N., HOELZLE M., PHILLIPS M., KENNER R., BAVAY M., LEHNING M. (2017). Distributed snow and rock temperature modelling in steep rock walls using Alpine 3D. The Cryosphere 11, 585-607. DOI 10.5194/tc-11-585-2017
KENNER R., PHILLIPS M., HAUCK C., HILBICH C., MULSOW C., BÜHLER Y., STOFFEL A., BUCHROITNER M. (2017) New insights on permafrost genesis and conservation in talus slopes based on observations at Flüelapass, Eastern Switzerland. Geomorphology 290, 101-113, DOI 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.04.011
PHILLIPS, M., HABERKORN, A., RHYNER, H., 2017. Snowpack characteristics on steep frozen rock slopes. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 141, 54-65. DOI:
KENNER, R., PHILLIPS, M., LIMPACH, P., BEUTEL, J., & HILLER, M. (2018). Monitoring mass movements using georeferenced time-lapse photography: Ritigraben rock glacier, western Swiss Alps. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 145, 127-134.
KENNER R., PHILLIPS M., BEUTEL J. HILLER M., LIMPACH P., POINTNER E., VOLKEN M. (2017). Factors Controlling Velocity Variations at Short-Term, Seasonal and Multiyear Time Scales, Ritigraben Rock Glacier, Western Swiss Alps. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1953
Biskaborn, B.K., Smith, S.L., Noetzli, J., Matthes, H., Vieira, G., Streletskiy, D.A., Schoeneich, P., Romanovsky, V.E., Lewkowicz, A.G., Abramov, A., Allard, M., Boike, J., Cable, W.L., Christiansen, H.H., Delaloye, R., Diekmann, B., Drozdov, D., Etzelmüller, B., Grosse, G., Guglielmin, M., Ingeman-Nielsen, T., Isaksen, K., Ishikawa, M., Johansson, M., Johannsson, H., Joo, A., Kaverin, D., Kholodov, A., Konstantinov, P., Kröger, T., Lambiel, C., Lanckman, J.-P., Luo, D., Malkova, G., Meiklejohn, I., Moskalenko, N., Oliva, M., Phillips, M., Ramos, M., Sannel, A.B.K., Sergeev, D., Seybold, C., Skryabin, P., Vasiliev, A., Wu, Q., Yoshikawa, K., Zheleznyak, M., Lantuit, H., (2019). Permafrost is warming at a global scale. Nature Communications, 10(1), 264. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-08240-4
Kenner, R., Noetzli, J., Hoelzle, M., Raetzo, H., and Phillips, M. 2019. Distinguishing ice-rich and ice-poor permafrost to map ground temperatures and ice content in the Swiss Alps. The Cryosphere, 13, 1925–1941,
Kenner R., Pruessner L., Beutel J., Limpach P., Phillips M. (2019). How rock glacier hydrology, deformation velocities and Ground temperatures interact: Examples from the Swiss Alps. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 1-12, DOI: 10.1002/ppp.2023 Permafrost and Periglacial Process. 2019;1–12.© 2019 John Wiley & Sons,

Expertise of Marcia Phillips:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
ScopeImpact of Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Topic CryosphereCryosphere
Snow Cover
Permafrost / Solifluction
Topic Economy/ResourceUseTourism
Topic Risk & Disaster ManagementTopic Risk and Disaster Management
Prevention of Risks and Natural Hazards
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleRegional
Time FrameRecent / Today
Statistical FocusMean Change / Trends
MethodsData Collection - Measurement
Data Analysis

Specialties of Marcia Phillips:
  • Nachhaltig Bauen im Permafrost

  • Monitoring Temperaturänderungen im Permafrost

  • Monitoring Hangbewegungen im Permafrost

  • Entstehung Naturgefahren im Hochgebirge

    Last update: 12/8/20
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2022)

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