Melanie Rankl

Dr. Melanie Rankl



Rankl, M., Fürst, J, Humbert, A. and Braun, M.: Dynamic changes on Wilkins Ice Shelf during the 2006–2009 retreat derived from satellite observations. The Cryosphere Discuss., in review, 2016.

Neckel, N., Loibl, D. & Rankl, M.: Recent slowdown and thinning of debris-covered glaciers in south-eastern Tibet. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 464, 95-102, 2017.

Fürst, J.J., Durand, G., Gillet-Chaulet, F., Tavard, L., Rankl, M., Braun, M. and Gagliardini, O.: The safety band of Antarctic ice shelves. Nature Clim. Change 6(5), 479–482, 2016.

Rankl, M. & Braun, M.: Glacier elevation and mass changes over the central Karakoram region estimated from TanDEM-X and SRTM/X-SAR digital elevation models. Annals of Glaciology 51(71), 2016.

Rankl, M., Kienholz, C., Braun, M.: Glacier changes in the Karakoram region mapped by multimission satellite imagery. The Cryosphere 8, 977-989, 2014.

Paul, F., Bolch, T., Kääb, A., Nagler, T., Nuth, C., Scharrer, K., Shepherd, A., Strozzi, T., Ticconi, F., Bhambri, R., Berthier, R., Bevan, S., Gourmelen, N., Heid, T., Jeong, S., Kunz, M., Lauknes, T.R., Luckman, A., Merryman Boncori, J.P., Moholdt, G., Muir, A., Neelmeijer, J., Rankl, M., VanLooy, J., and T. Van Niel: The glaciers climate change initiative: Methods for creating glacier area, elevation change and velocity products. Remote Sensing of Environment 162, 408–426, 2015.

Peters, T., Diertl, K.H., Gawlik, J., Rankl, M., Richter, M.: Vascular plant diversity in natural and anthropogenic ecosystems in the Andes of Southern Ecuador. Mountain Research and Development 30(4), 344-352, 2010.



  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Karakoram
  • Himalaya


  • Multi-sensor remote sensing
  • SAR offset tracking procedures
  • SAR Interferometry
  • GIS


  • Ice dynamics (e.g., surface velocities, glacier elevation and mass changes)
  • Surge-type glaciers
  • Ice shelf extent and structures
  • Grounding line position (DInSAR)

Laufende Forschungsprojekte:

  • HGF EDA ‚Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics‘, TP Kryosphäre (Helmholtz Allianz), 2012-2017, in Zusammenarbeit mit DLR Oberpfaffenhofen und AWI Bremerhaven.
    Projektbeteiligte: Saurabh Vijay, Melanie Rankl, Thorsten Seehaus, Matthias Braun
  • TanDEM-ICE ‚Gletschermonitoring in Hochasien mittels TanDEM-X InSAR und weiterer Erdbeoachtungssensorik‘ (DLR/BMWi), 2014-2016, In Kooperation mit Univ. Tübingen (V. Hochschild). Projektbeteiligte: Melanie Rankl, Saurabh Vijay, Matthias Braun.