Dr. Guido Grosse

Affiliate Faculty
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Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49-331-288-2150


Research Interests

•    Remote sensing of geomorphological and hydrological dynamics in Arctic and Subarctic terrestrial environments
•    Climate change impacts on the terrestrial Cryosphere, in especially on permafrost and ice cover of inland water bodies
•    Feedbacks of the terrestrial Arctic to the global climate system via the carbon cycle
•    Spatial analysis of geomorphological, geological, and hydrological processes in cold climate regions
•    Paleo-environmental reconstruction of cold-climate landscape dynamics

Current Projects


2013-presentERC Group Leader PETA-CARB, AWI Potsdam, Germany
2013-presentAffiliate Faculty, Department of Geology and Geophysics, UAF
2010-2013Associated Faculty with the Department of Geology and Geophysics, UAF
2009-2013 Research Assistant Professor (Snow, Ice, and Permafost Group), UAF
2006-2009 IPY Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow (Remote Sensing, GIS, Permafrost), UAF
2006 Postdoctoral Fellow (Remote Sensing), UAF
2001-2006 Research Assistant (Paleoenvironment, Stratigraphy, Remote Sensing, GIS), AWI for Polar and Marine Research Potsdam, Germany
1999-2001 Student Assistant (Geochronology, Sedimentology), Technical University Freiberg, Germany
1998 Student Internship (Oil & Gas Prodcution Division), INA Oil Industries Inc., Zagreb, Croatia


2001-2005 AWI for Polar and Marine Research, Germany; Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) - Geology
2004 Visiting Scientist (Remote Sensing), University of Edinburgh, UK
2001 Visiting Scientist (Geocryology, Paleoenvironment), Permafrost Institute Yakutsk, Russia
1997-2001 Technical University Freiberg, Germany; Diploma (MSc) - Stratigraphy/Economic Geology
1995-1997 Technical University Freiberg, Germany; Pre-Diploma (BSc) -Geology/Paleontology

Synergistic Activities

Since 2013Member of the Science Definition Team for NASA's Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)
Since 2012Member of the Observing Change panel, Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)
2011Member of the working group on Cryosphere Hazards in Alaska
Since 2011Chair, Thermokarst Working Group within the NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) on Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon
2009 – 2001Co-Chair, North American Carbon Program Disturbance Synthesis Working Group on Vulnerability of High Latitude Soil Carbon to Disturbance
2008 – 2012Initiator and Co-Chair, Remote Sensing Task Force of the International Permafrost Association (IPA)
2008 – 2011Conference session chair at 9th International Conference on Permafrost 2008, AGU 2008, 2009, 2011; EGU 2010
2008Participant in the local organization committee for the 9th International Conference on Permafrost
2007-2011US National Representative for the Permafrost Young Researchers Network
2005-2011Development of PYRN-Bib, a bibliographic database for graduate student theses related to permafrost research, now containing more than 1100 theses
2006 – 2007Contributing author, Global Inter-agency IPY Polar Snapshot Year (GIIPSY) strategy document, chapter on remote sensing strategies for permafrost observations
2006 – 2007Contributing author, IGOS Cryosphere Theme Report: Permafrost and Seasonally Frozen Ground

Professional Memberships

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
European Geophysical Union (EGU)
International Permafrost Association (IPA)
Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN)
German Society for Polar Research (DGP)


The terrestrial permafrost carbon budget [Plenary Presentation at the 10th International Conference on Permafrost, Salekhard, Russia, 25-29 June 2012] pdf

Vulnerability of high latitude soil organic carbon in North America to disturbance [3rd North American Carbon Program All-Investigator Meeting, 31 January - 4 Feburary 2011] pdf

Monitoring thaw lake dynamics using high-resolution remote sensing Examples from the Cape Espenberg area (Seward Peninsula) and the Kolyma lowland (Siberia) [Workshop on High-Resolution Imagery for Analysis of Environmental Change in Northern Alaska, 17 Oct 2008] pdf

Changing Permafrost Landscapes in North Eurasia: Some Remote Sensing Observations and Challenges [ESA User Consultation Workshop, AWI Potsdam, 20-21 Feb 2008] pdf