Interest, Vision and Field Work

My research interests concern mountain environments and climate change, especially

  • steep alpine permafrost
  • cryosphere control on slope movement and stability in heterogeneous alpine cryosphere
  • process understanding and quantification of phenomena in mountain permafrost with sensor instrumentation, measurements and models.

The vision for my research is to understand, to quantify and to model processes in mountain permafrost (e.g. frost weathering at different depth) combining lab experiments and field measurements in high mountain environments (e.g. acoustic emission, temperature and capacitance for moisture). For this, the combination of geo-science and engineering is very useful and enables field measurements at locations in difficult to access environments.

I greatly enjoy doing field work in alpine environments and being able to combine my knowledge as well as my experience with my alpine skills.


Publications and presentations

Peer-review journals

  • Weber, S., Beutel, J., Faillettaz, J., Hasler, A., Krautblatter, M., and Vieli, A. 2016. Quantifying irreversible movement in steep, fractured bedrock permafrost on Matterhorn (CH). The Cryosphere, 11, 567-583. DOI: 10.5194/tc-11-567-2017.
  • Girard L., Gruber S., Weber S. and Beutel J. 2013. Environmental controls of frost cracking revealed through in-situ acoustic emission measurements in steep bedrock. Geophysical Research Letters, 40(9), 1748-1753. DOI: 10.1002/grl.50384.
  • Girard L., Beutel J., Gruber S., Hunziker J., Lim R. and Weber S. 2012. A custom acoustic emission monitoring system to study freezing-induced mechanical damage in alpine rock-walls. Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 1,155-167. DOI: 10.5194/gi-1-155-2012.

Peer-review conference proceedings

  • Weber S., Gruber S., Girard L. and Beutel, J. 2012. Design of a measurement assembly to study in-situ rock damage driven by freezing. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Permafrost, 25–29 June 2012, Salekhard, Russia, 437-442. [PDF 3 MB]

Oral presentations (selection)

  • Weber S. 2016. Fracture dynamics in steep bedrock permafrost. AK Permafrost, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Weber S. 2014. Permafrost - ein unsichtbares Phänomen. Naturforschende Gesellschaft Oberwallis, Brig, Switzerland.
  • Weber S. 2014. PermaSense L1-GPS for kinematic monitoring. 4th European Conference on Permafrost, June 18-22, 2014, Évora, Portugal.
  • Weber S. 2013. Automatic monitoring system. SloMove, SLF Davos, Switzerland.
  • Weber S., Girard L., Gruber S. and Beutel J. 2012. Rock n' Ice. Understanding frost weathering in-situ. AK Permafrost, Potsdam, Germany.

Poster presentations

  • Weber S., Beutel J., Faillettaz J., Hasler A., Krautblatter M. and Vieli A. 2016. Reversible and irreversible fracture deformation in steep fractured bedrock permafrost at Matterhorn. 11th International Conference on Permafrost, June 20-24, 2016, Potsdam, Germany. [PDF 4 MB]
  • Beutel J., Weber S., Gsell T. 2016. The PermaSense Mountain Lab - Technology and infrastructure for an open permafrost data repository. 11th International Conference on Permafrost, June 20-24, 2016, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Weber S., Beutel J., Faillettaz J., Gruber S., Gsell T., Hasler A. and Vieli A. 2014. Measurement setup to investigate near surface failures in steep bedrock permafrost. 7th AK Permafrost, Ammersee, Schweiz. [PDF 0.7 MB]
  • Weber S., Hasler A. and Beutel J. 2014. Statistical analysis of cleft dynamics in steep bedrock permafrost. 4th European Conference on Permafrost, June 19-21, 2014, Évora, Portugal. [PDF 2 MB]
  • Weber S., Gruber S., Girard L. and Beutel, J. 2012. Acoustic emission measurement assembly to investigate rock damage driven by freezing. 10th International Conference on Permafrost, June 25-29, 2012, Salekhard, Russia. [PDF 3 MB]