Christian Sommer

Dr. Christian Sommer

Department Geographie und Geowissenschaften
Institut für Geographie

Raum: Raum 02.151
Wetterkreuz 15
91058 Erlangen


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  • Seehaus, T., Sommer, C., Dethinne, T., Malz, P., 2023. Mass changes of the northern Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet derived from repeat bi-static synthetic aperture radar acquisitions for the period 2013–2017. The Cryosphere 17, 4629–4644.
  • Sommer, C., Fürst, J.J., Huss, M., Braun, M.H., 2023. Constraining regional glacier reconstructions using past ice thickness of deglaciating areas – a case study in the European Alps. The Cryosphere 17, 2285–2303.
  • Sommer, C., Seehaus, T., Glazovsky, A., Braun, M.H., 2022. Brief communication: Increased glacier mass loss in the Russian High Arctic (2010–2017). The Cryosphere 16, 35–42.
  • Shahateet, K., Seehaus, T., Navarro, F., Sommer, C., Braun, M., Geodetic Mass Balance of the South Shetland Islands Ice Caps, Antarctica, from Differencing TanDEM-X DEMs. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 3408.
  • Rounce, D. R., Hock, R., McNabb, R. W., Millan, R., Sommer, C., Braun, M. H., et al. (2021). Distributed global debris thickness estimates reveal debris significantly impacts glacier mass balance. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL091311.
  • Sommer, C., Malz, P., Seehaus, T.C., Lippl, S., Zemp, M., Braun, M., 2020. Rapid glacier retreat and downwasting throughout the European Alps in the early 21st century. Nat Commun 11, 3209 (2020).
  • Farías-Barahona, D., Sommer, C., Sauter, T., Bannister, D., Seehaus, T., Malz, P., Casassa, G., Mayewski, P.A., Turton, J.V., Braun, M., 2020. „Detailed quantification of glacier elevation and mass changes in South Georgia“. Environmental Research Letters 15, 034036.
  • Seehaus, T., Malz, P., Sommer, C., Lippl, S., Cochachin, A., Braun, M., 2019. Changes of the tropical glaciers throughout Peru between 2000 and 2016 – mass balance and area fluctuations. The Cryosphere 13, 2537–2556.
  • Benn, D.I., Jones, R.L., Luckman, A., Fürst, J.J., Hewitt, I., Sommer, C., 2019. Mass and enthalpy budget evolution during the surge of a polythermal glacier: a test of theory. J. Glaciol. 65, 717–731.
  • Braun, M.H., Malz, P., Sommer, C., Farías-Barahona, D., Sauter, T., Casassa, G., Soruco, A., Skvarca, P., Seehaus, T.C., 2019. Constraining glacier elevation and mass changes in South America. Nature Clim Change 9, 130–136.

Curriculum Vitae

  • since January 2023: Postdoctoral researcher
  • December 2022: PhD “Glacier elevation change from SAR interferometry – Glacier mass change and volume reconstruction from remote sensing acquisitions in the European Alps and subpolar & polar regions”
  • 2017 – 2022: Research assistant & PhD student, FAU Institut für Geographie, Erlangen
  • 2016: Research assistant Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile
  • 2015 – 2017: Master of Science Physical Geography, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, thesis: “Glacier Elevation and mass change in the Hindu Kush mountain range estimated from TanDEM-X and SRTM C-band SAR elevation models”
  • 2014: Research assistant C-CORE, St. John´s, Canada
  • 2011 – 2015: Bachelor of Science Physical Geography,  FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg