Portrait of a PROSNOW researcher: Franziska Koch

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1. Hello Franzi, can you tell more about yourself?

I am a scientist working at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. My research focus is on deriving information on the amount of snow and its degree of wetness based on GPS signals. Moreover, I am interested in coupling measured snow-hydrological data with models and remote sensing products. If you don’t find me in the office, I am most probably skiing, ski-touring, or climbing in the Alps.

2. What is your role in PROSNOW?

Together with Prof. Matthias Bernhardt at BOKU, I am in charge to simulate snow production and grooming processes in the German skiing resorts Garmisch Classic and Zugspitze with the snow model SNOWPACK/Alpine3D. Moreover, we develop visualization proposals to present the scientific results on meteorological and snow variables more practically to the ski resorts.

3. What are your expectations regarding PROSNOW?

PROSNOW develops a practical decision support system on snow management regarding different time scales of weather and climate forecasts. By coupling meteorological variables with snowpack models, I expect that PROSNOW will help to better estimate the amount and timing of snow production to avoid unnecessary energy consumption and to increase ski resort efficiency.

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