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Operator: Verein Gletscher und Klima, Adolf Pichler Platz 10, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
DEIMS-SDR Database: Kesselwandferner
Contact: Andrea Fischer

Site description

At Kesselwandferner a stake network has been maintained by H. Schneider since 1962. The stakes are re-positioned every year to their original locations, which allows the measurements of the ice velocity and the surface altitude at identical locations. In contrast to other stake networks, which move with the annual ice displacement, this system enables the local investigation of velocity vectors in three dimensions. This time series of more than 40 years with three displacement vectors is unique in Austria. Velocity measurements are coordinated by the Gletscher und Klima association. Ablation and accumulation measured at the stakes were used for the calculation of the mass balance of Kesselwandferner.


  • Helfricht, K., M. Huss, A. Fischer and J.-C. Otto (2019) Calibrated ice thickness estimate for all glaciers in Austria. Front. Earth Sci.

  • Stocker-Waldhuber, M., Fischer, A., Helfricht, K., and Kuhn, M.: Long-term records of glacier surface velocities in the Ötztal Alps (Austria). Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 11, 705-715, 2019.

  • Fischer, A. and G. Markl, (2009): Mass balance measurements on Hintereisferner, Kesselwandferner and Jamtalferner 2003 to 2006: database and results. Zeitschrift für Gletscherkunde und Glazialgeologie, 42/1, 47­83.

  • Abermann J., Schneider H. & Lambrecht A. (2007): Analysis of surface elevation changes on Kesselwand glacier. Comparison of different methods, Zeitschrift für Gletscherkunde und Glazialgeologie, Band 41, Seite 147­167.