Andreas Alexander

Doctoral Research Fellow - Section of Physical geography and Hydrology
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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 1 Geologibygningen 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1047 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic interests

My research focuses on glacial hydrology. I use field observations, modeling and satellite remote sensing to gain a better understanding about the dynamics of hydrological systems on glaciers and their connection to glacier dynamics. Part of my work includes multi-year field observations from speleological investigations of englacial and subglacial systems, with a special focus on glacier-permafrost interactions and the influence of changing weather patterns, due to climate change, on the thermal regime of glaciers. The other part of my work is based around the development of new sensor platforms for water flow sensing in hydrological systems of glaciers. This work includes prototype development and testing as well as the development of analysis algorithms to gain novel insights into the dynamics of hydrological systems on glaciers. The geographical focus of my research is Svalbard, where fast changes are currently occurring, but I also have extensive field experience from Greenland and Antarctica.


Thesis/ internship opportunities

Glacier hydrology flow sensing and flow modelling. Inquire for details.




Glaciology, Remote Sensing, Numerical Modeling, Permafrost, Subglacial hydrology, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Flow Sensing




GEO1100 – Jordens utvikling

GEO1110 – Jordens indre og ytre prosesser

GEO2210 – Geomorfologi

GEO3460 – Landmåling, fotogrammetri og romlig analyse

GEO4120 - Near-Surface Geophysics

GEO4420 - Glaciology

UNIS AG-325/825 Glaciology




2015 – 2017: Guest Master Student, The University Centre in Svalbard, Thesis: Numerical Modeling of the cold based glacier Larsbreen in Svalbard

2015 – 2017: M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

2014 – 2017: Arctic Geology/Geophysics/Technology, The University Centre in Svalbard

2013 – 2015: Postgraduate Studies Aerospace Engineering, Dresden University of Technology

2013 – 2016: B.Sc. Geosciences, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

2010 – 2013: B.Sc. Business Administration and Economics, University of Hagen

2009 – 2014: B.Eng. Mech. Engineering, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg, Georg-Simon Ohm

2009 – 2012: Industrial mechanic Diploma, Siemens AG

Tags: Glaciology, Cryosphere, Remote Sensing, Climate Change, Glacier hydrology, Numerical Modeling, Permafrost, Flow Sensing


  • Alexander, Andreas; Kruusmaa, Maarja; Tuhtan, Jeffrey; Hodson, Andrew; Schuler, Thomas & Kääb, Andreas (2020). Pressure and inertia sensing drifters for glacial hydrology flow path measurements. The Cryosphere.  ISSN 1994-0416.  14(3), s 1009- 1023 . doi: 10.5194/tc-14-1009-2020 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary

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  • Alexander, Andreas (2020). New insights into glacial hydrology.
  • Alexander, Andreas (2019). Winter rain induced soft-bed warming - A potential acceleration mechanism.
  • Alexander, Andreas; Kruusma, Maarja; Tuhtan, Jeffrey; Hodson, Andrew; Schuler, Thomas & Kääb, Andreas (2019). Sensing drifters as tool for glacial hydrology measurements.
  • Alexander, Andreas; Kruusma, Maarja; Tuhtan, Jeffrey; Hodson, Andrew; Schuler, Thomas & Kääb, Andreas (2019). Sensing drifters as tool for glacial hydrology measurements.

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