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Holger Frey

Senior scientist

University of Zurich


My research focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation in mountain regions, with a focus on natural hazards and risks and related strategies for disaster risk management, namely Early Warning Systems. I use numerical models, digital terrain information and satellite data, but I aim at combining such outcomes with insights from other disciplines in inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches. My work often involves collaboration with local communities and stakeholders and aims at producing results relevant for the science-policy interface. Knowledge transfer is an important aspect of my work, I am also responsible for the training of future geography teachers. I have more than 10 years of experience in managing applied research projects, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Adaptation Fund, the European Space Agency, the European Union, World Bank, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Research interests

  • Natural hazards and risks in high-mountain regions, e.g. glacier lakes
  • Disaster risk management, early warning
  • Numerical models, DEMs, remote sensing, GIS
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations and knowledge transfer
  • Alps, Andes, Central Asia, Himalayas