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Joel Fiddes

Research and monitoring in mountain regions

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Peer reviewed


Barandun, Martina, Joel Fiddes, Martin Scherler, Tamara Mathys, Tomas Saks, Dmitry Petrakov, and Martin Hoelzle. 2020. “The State and Future of the Cryosphere in Central Asia.” Water Security 11 (December): 100072. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasec.2020.100072

Philipson, Christopher D., Mark E. J. Cutler, Philip G. Brodrick, Gregory P. Asner, Doreen S. Boyd, Pedro Moura Costa, Joel Fiddes, et al. 2020. “Active Restoration Accelerates the Carbon Recovery of Human-Modified Tropical Forests.” Science 369 (6505): 838–41. DOI: 10.1126/science.aay4490

Bender, Esther, Michael Lehning, and Joel Fiddes. 2020. “Changes in Climatology, Snow Cover, and Ground Temperatures at High Alpine Locations.” Frontiers in Earth Science 8 (ARTICLE): 100.DOI: 10.1126/science.aay4490

Bavay, M., Fiddes, J. and Godøy, Ø., 2020. Automatic Data Standardization for the Global Cryosphere Watch Data Portal. Data Science Journal, 19(1), p.6. DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2020-006

2019 Fiddes, J., Aalstad, K., and Westermann, S.: Hyper-resolution ensemble-based snow reanalysis in mountain regions using clustering, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4717–4736, 2019._ 10.5194/hess-23-4717-2019

2016 Allen, SK., Fiddes J., Linsbauer, A., Randhawa, S.S., Salzmann, N. 2016: Indo-Swiss partnership initiates first local permafrost studies in the Indian Himalaya. Current Science, 11, 3, 550-553, Researchgate

2015 Fiddes, J., Endrizzi, S., and Gruber, S.: Large-area land surface simulations in heterogeneous terrain driven by global data sets: application to mountain permafrost, The Cryosphere, 9, 411-426, doi:10.5194/tc-9-411-2015, 2015. 10.5194/tc-9-411-2015

2014 Fiddes, J. & Gruber, S. 2014: TopoSCALE v.1.0: downscaling gridded climate data in complex terrain, Geoscientific Model Development, 7, 387-405, 10.5194/gmd-7-387-2014

2013 Habib, H., Anceno, A. J., Fiddes, J., Beekma, J., Ilyuschenko, M., Nitivattananon, V., & Shipin, O. V. (2013). Jumpstarting post-conflict strategic water resources protection from a changing global perspective: Gaps and prospects in Afghanistan. Journal of environmental management, 129, 244-259. Researchgate

2012 Fiddes, J. & Gruber, S. 2012: TopoSUB: a tool for efficient large area numerical modelling in complex topography at sub-grid scales, Geoscientific Model Development, 5, 1245–1257,10.5194/gmd-5-1245-2012

Schmid, M.-O., Gubler, S., Fiddes, J. & Gruber, S. 2012: Inferring snow pack ripening and melt out from distributed ground surface temperature measurements, The Cryosphere, 6, 1127–1139,10.5194/tc-6-1127-2012

2011 Gubler, S., Fiddes, J., Keller, M., & Gruber, S. 2011. Scale-dependent measurement and analysis of ground surface temperature variability in alpine terrain. The Cryosphere, 5(2), 431-443, 10.5194/tc-5-431-2011

2010 Matthias Keller, Guido Hungerbuehler, Oliver Knecht, Suhel Sheikh, Jan Beutel, Stefanie Gubler, Joel Fiddes, and Stephan Gruber. 2010. iAssist: rapid deployment and maintenance of tiny sensing systems. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys ‘10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 401-402. 10.1145/1869983.1870043

Non-peer reviewed

2019 Muccione, V, and Fiddes, J. “State of the Knowledge on Water Resources and Natural Hazards under Climate Change in Central Asia and South Caucasus.” Managing Disaster Risks and Water under Climate Change. 2019. reliefweb

The Status and Role of the alpine Cryosphere in Central Asia (Book Chapter). Martin Hoelzle, Martina Barandun, Tobias Bolch, Joel Fiddes, Abror Gafurov, Veruska Muccione, Tomas Saks and Maria Shaghedanova in The Aral Sea Basin: Water for Sustainable Development in Central Asia eds.Stefanos Xenarios, Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Manzoor Qadir, Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, Iskandar Abdullaev, 2019, Routledge ISBN 9781138348882. Chapter 8 open access

2018 Muccione, Veruska; Huggel, Christian; Salzmann, Nadine; Fiddes, Joel; Nussbaumer, Samuel U; Novikov, Viktor; Hughes, Geoff (2018). Climate-cryosphere-water nexus: Central Asia outlook. Zoï Environment Network. doi: 10.5167/uzh-161876.

Mathias Bavay, Joel Fiddes, Charles Fierz, Michael Lehning, Fabiano Monti, Thomas Egger. The MeteoIO pre-processing library for operational applications. Proceedings, International Snow Science Workshop, Innsbruck, Austria, 2018 Montana Library.

2014 Fiddes, J. T. (2014). Subgrid Simulation of Land Surface Variables in Heterogeneous and Remote Environments: Application to Mountain Permafrost (Doctoral dissertation). ETH library.

2011 Beekma, J. and Fiddes, J. 2011. Floods and droughts: The Afghan water paradox. Centre for Policy and Human Development, Afghanistan Human Development Report 2011. online version

2010 Keller, M., Hungerbuehler, G., Knecht, O., Sheikh, S., Beutel, J., Gubler, S., Fiddes, J. and Gruber, S. (2010). iAssist: rapid deployment and maintenance of tiny sensing systems. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (pp. 401-402). ACM.

Fiddes, J. (2010). Climbs and expeditions: Asia, Afghanistan, Hindu Kush, Koh-i-Beefy. American Alpine Journal. 52, 84, pp.255. online version BBC article

2007 Fiddes, J. (2007). Afghanistan: Implications Of Climate Change For Water Resources In The Kunduz River Basin in Climate Challenges: Bridging the Knowledge Gap.Mercy Corps Climate change unit. online version

Technical contributions


Muccione and Manon 2019. Nexus Brief: Climate Change & Environment x Climate-Cryosphere-Water Nexus in Central Asia. Zöi Network online version


Thomas, V., Azizi, M. A., & Ghafoori, I. (2013). Water Rights and Conflict Resolution Processes in Afghanistan: The Case of the Sar-i-Pul Sub-basin.


Thomas, V., Mumtaz, W., & Azizi, M. A. (2012). Mind the Gap?: Local Practices and Institutional Reform for Water Allocation in Afghanistan’s Panj-Amu River Basin. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit.