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Joel Fiddes

Research and monitoring in mountain regions

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About me

I am a geoscientist based at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos ( with over 10 years of experience working with international organizations, multilateral donors and UN bodies as a consultant. My main research interest is on high mountain processes related to natural hazards and water resources. I use and develop geoscientific models and other datascience tools in combination with field campaigns to understand these processes and aid the development of operational tools.

I am currently working in Tajikistan together with the Tajik Hydromet, Ministry of Energy and Water on high mountain issues and have recently (2019) established a Permafrost measurement network in the Zerafshan range together with Tajik partners. I also work with the WMO Global Cryospahere Watch as an expert on operational data exchange.

Short bio

  • PhD Subgrid numerical land surface modelling, University of Zurich.
  • MSc Environment and Development, University of Edinburgh.
  • BSc Environmental sciences, University of Aberdeen.

Research focus

  • High mountain processes under a changing climate.
  • Application of numerical land surface models in remote areas.
  • Subgrid processes.
  • Downscaling global climate datasets in complex terrain.
  • Assimilation of observations in to the modelling process.
  • Field measurements in tough locations.
  • From sensors to decision making.