Elias Al Alam
I am an environmental scientist passionate about using technology to address real-world problems. I have a BE. in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese American University. Currently, I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Science: Hazards and Risk at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. I’m continually seeking new opportunities for learning and personal growth. I’m excited to see what the future holds for me, and I’m hoping that my skills and experience can be a driving force for positive change.
Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Lecturer
My research interests lie in understanding the landscape changes caused by recent glacier retreat. My doctoral work was completed at ETH Zürich at the VAW examining sediment discharge in the Alps and developing numerical models to quantify these processes. Following a Post-Doc at JPL-CalTech, I moved to Université de Lausanne, where I continue to develop numerical models of sediment transport in glacierized regions and examine sediment transport from glaciers in Greenland.
Swiss National Science Foundation Doctoral Student
Ever since I took my first course in glacial geology course at The University Centre in Svalbard as a bachelor student, I have been interested active glaciological, geomorphic, and erosional processes of (Arctic) glaciers.
My PhD research aims to identify recent variability in sediment transport from the Greenland Ice Sheet and the glaciological and climatic drivers of this variability. To accomplish this, we conduct fieldwork and collect records of sediment discharge from marine and land-terminating glaciers and compare them with existing glaciological datasets.
Field technician and research collaborator
I am involved in a wide range of field projects of diverse research groups at Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, both in the high mountains and in the lowlands, be it on the lake, on glaciers, in rivers, or in the forest. For me, fieldwork is the best way to experience and understand the big picture of natural processes in the context of the many different environmental factors. I love finding creative solutions to collect data while facing the often difficult and unpredictable conditions of the field.
GLACE’s projects are particularly close to my heart, as I am curious about the changes we are currently observing in cold regions. I have a background in physical geography and geomorphology of the cryosphere, focussing on glacier-permafrost interactions. So far, I have supported GLACE mainly in monitoring sediment transport in Greenland and the Alps.
Executive Secretary (IDyST)