Ingo Hartmeyer

I am a member of the AG Geomorphologie’¬†(Research Group Geomorphology) at the department of Geography and Geology. I am in charge of the long-term research project MOREXPERT, which started in 2010.

Within MOREXPERT my colleagues and me established an extensive monitoring site in the summit region of the Kitzsteinhorn (3.203 m) focusing on permafrost dynamics and rockfall activity. In my PhD I am using data collected at the Kitzsteinhorn (borehole temperature data, terrestrial laserscans) to examine spatio-temporal patterns of rockfall and their underlying causes. I am particularly interested in investigating the influence that retreating and thinning glaciers have on their adjacent headwalls. The acquired long-term data series from the Kitzsteinhorn represent a prime opportunity to quantitatively demonstrate the consequences of climate change for high-mountain environments. If you are interested in learning more about high-mountain research at the Kitzsteinhorn including publications, press releases and tv documentaries, I invite you to visit:

In addition to my employment at the University of Salzburg I currently work for the ‘alpS – Centre of Climate Change Adaptation‘ (Innsbruck) and Georesearch (Salzburg).


PhD Thesis
Title: Spatial patterns of rockfall in permafrost-affected cirque walls affected by glacial thinning, Kitzsteinhorn, Austria
Supervisors: Univ.-Prof. Lothar Schrott (University of Bonn), Ass.-Prof. Jan-Christoph Otto (University of Salzburg), Franz Neubauer (University of Salzburg)
Project Partners: Gletscherbahnen Kaprun AG, Geoconsult, Geodata, Geolog2000, ZAMG, University of Bonn, Technical University of Munich


The Kitzsteinhorn (3.203 m), located in the Hohe Tauern Range, home of an extensive surface and subsurface monitoring focusing on permafrost dynamics and rockfall activity

One of the investigated cirques in the summit region of the Kitzsteinhorn – occupied by the rapidly retreating and thinning Schmiedingerkees glacier

Drilling of a 30 m deep bedrock borehole at the Kitzsteinhorn west face.


Terrestrial laserscanning to detect rockfall release zones