Jan-Christoph Otto

Otto

Ass.-Prof. Dr.

Coordination Master Programme

Department of Geography and Geology

University of Salzburg

Hellbrunnerstraße 34

5020 Salzburg

Austria

Room No.: 3.032

Phone: +43 662 8044 5291

Mobile: +43 664 8482 380

E-mail: jan-christoph.otto@sbg.ac.at

Brief introduction

Changes of high mountain landscapes manifested through landform changes, dynamic sediment movements and the related consequences for society are a focus in my scientific work. Currently the formation of glacial lakes in the Austrian Alps and their impact on geomorphologic systems as well as the mountain environment are of great interest to me (FutureLakes). I am also involved in activities focussing on permafrost and glacier related slope stability issues and implications on natural hazards.

In my research I combine traditional geomorphological quantitative and qualitative field methods with shallow geophysics and GIS analysis.

Working together with a motivated group of fellows and students is an important part of my scientific and professional attitude. Investigate ongoing changes of environmental systems and their possible challenges to society, contribute to find solutions and communicate them to the public is my main motivation for being a scientist.

My teaching activities includes lectures on natural hazards and risk management and Geomorphology, field classes on geomorphological methods, lab classes on GIS applications in geomorphology, field trips and others.

Research tags

Alpine Geomorphology   Sediment Budgets   Glacial and Periglacial Environments   High Mountain Environments   Human Impact on Natural Systems   Environmental Change   Natural Hazards and Risk   Glacier lakes   Permafrost   Ground penetrating radar   Refraction seismics   Electric resistivity sounding   Geomorphological mapping   GIS   Risk analysis   Hazard mapping   Modelling   Sampling   Laser Scanning


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Running projects

  • CirqueMonHT - Der Einfluss von Gletscher-Randklüften auf Felsstürze (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer (ARGE ALP)- 2017-2019)
  • GlacierRocks - Glacier-Headwall Interaction and its Influence on Rockfall Activity (Austrian Academy of Sciences , ÖAW 2017 - 2020)
  • FutureLakes - Formation and future evolution of glacier lakes in Austria (Austrian Academy of Sciences , ÖAW 2014 - 2017)

Finishes projects

  • MOREXPERT - Monitoring potential hazardous rock walls and slopes in mountain regions - development of an expert system and adaptation strategies (COMET - K1: Centre for Climate Change Adaption Technologies, 2010-2014)

Finished Projects

  • PermAfrost - Permafrost-Glacier Interaction - Process Understanding of Permafrost Reformation and Degradation) (funded by Austrian Academy of Science, 2010-2013)
  • SourceSink - Quantifying Late and Postglacial sediment fluxes and storage in nested alpine catchments (ESF - Topo Europe Programme, funded by FWF, 2008-2012)
  • SedyMONT - Sediment budget for a glacier forefield (Pasterze, Hohe Tauern, Austria) (ESF - Topo Europe Programme, funded by FWF, 2008-2012)
  • permalp.at - Permafrost distribution in Austria (supported by several Austrian Institutions, 2008-2011)
  • GRK 437 - Quantification of sediment storage in the Turtmann Valley, Switzerland (Department of Geography, Bonn, Germany, 2003-2006, DFG)

Peer-reviewed papers and book contributions

2017

2016

  • Messenzehl, K., Meyer, H., Otto, J.-C., Hoffmann, T., Dikau, R. (2016): Regional-scale controls on the spatial activity of rockfalls (Turtmann valley, Swiss Alps) - A multivariate modelling approach. In: Geomorphology, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.01.008.

2015

  • Götz J., Otto J.-C., Salcher B & J. Buckel (2015): Methodische Potentiale der modernen Geomorphologie für die Analyse, Quantifizierung und Rekonstruktion von Erdoberflächenprozessen. - In: GW-Unterricht (Fachwissenschaft) 138, 5-26.

2014

  • Glade, T., R. Bell, P. Dobesberger, C. Embleton-Hamann, R. Fromm, S. Fuchs, K. Hagen, J. Hübl, G. Lieb, J.C. Otto, F. Perzl, R. Peticzka, C. Prager, C. Samimi, O. Sass, W. Schöner, D. Schröter, L. Schrott, C. Zangerl und A. Zeidler, (2014): Der Einfluss des Klimawandels auf die Reliefsphäre. In: Österreichischer Sachstandsbericht Klimawandel 2014 (AAR14). Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC), Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Österreich, S. 557–600.
  • Prasicek, G., J.-C. Otto, D. R. Montgomery, and L. Schrott (2014), Multi-scale curvature for automated identification of glaciated mountain landscapes, Geomorphology, 209 (0), 53-65.
  • Prasicek, G., Otto, J.-C., Montgomery D. R. & L. Schrott (2014). Glaciated valleys in Europe and western Asia. Journal of Maps, 1-10.
  • Stiegler, C., Rode, M., Sass, O., Otto, J.C., (2014): An Undercooled Scree Slope Detected by Geophysical Investigations in Sporadic Permafrost below 1000 M ASL, Central Austria. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 25(3), 194-207.

2013

  • Geilhausen, Martin; Morche, David; Otto, Jan-Christoph; Schrott, Lothar (2013). Sediment discharge from the proglacial zone of a retreating Alpine glacier. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplement Issue, 57, 2. 29-53.
  • Otto, J.C. and M. Smith (2013): Section 2.6 Geomorphological mapping. In: Clarke, L.E. (Ed.) Geomorphological Techniques (Online Edition). British Society for Geomorphology, London. ISSN: 2047-0371 (PDF)
  • Smith, M.J., J. Hillier, J.C. Otto & M. Geilhausen (2013): Geovisualisation. In: John F. Shroder (ed.) Treatise on Geomorphology, Volume 3, San Diego: Academic Press. Elsevier, pp. 299-325.
  • Schrott, L.; Otto, J. C.; Götz, J. & Geilhausen, M. (2013): Fundamental classic and modern field techniques in Geomorphology - an overview. In: John F. Shroder (ed.) Treatise on Geomorphology, Volume 14, San Diego: Academic Press. Elsevier, pp. 6-21.

2012

  • Lothar Schrott, Jan-Christoph Otto, Felix Keller (2012): Modelling alpine permafrost distribution in the Hohe Tauern region, Austria. In: Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 105/2, 169-183. (PDF)
  • Wolfgang SCHÖNER, Lorenz BOECKLI, Helmut HAUSMANN, Jan-Christoph OTTO, Stefan REISENHOFER, Claudia RIEDL & Sirri SEREN (2012): Spatial Patterns of Permafrost at Hoher Sonnblick (Austrian Alps) - Extensive Field-measurements and Modelling Approaches. In: Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 105/2, 154-168. (PDF)
  • Otto, J.-C., Keuschnig, M., Götz, J., Marbach, M. and Schrott, L. (2012): Detection of mountain permafrost by combining high-resolution surface and subsurface information – An example from the Glatzbach catchment, Austrian Alps. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 94, 43-57. 10.1111/j.1468-0459.2012.00455.x.
  • Keiler, M., Kellerer-Pirklbauer, A. and Otto, J.-C. (2012): PREFACE: CONCEPTS AND IMPLICATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND HUMAN IMPACT: STUDIES FROM AUSTRIAN GEOMORPHOLOGICAL RESEARCH. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 94, 1-5. 10.1111/j.1468-0459.2012.00457.x.
  • Dürst Stucki M., Schlunegger F., Christener F., Otto J.-C. & J. Götz (2012):Deepening of inner gorges through subglacial meltwater — An example from the UNESCO Entlebuch area, Switzerland. In: Geomorphology, Vol. 139/140, 506-517

2011

  • Otto, J.C., M. Gustavsson, & M. Geilhausen (2011). Cartography: design, symbolisation and visualisation of geomorphological maps. In: M.J. Smith, P. Paron & J. Griffiths (Editors), Geomorphological Mapping: a handbook of techniques and applications. Elsevier, London. 253-295.
  • Keuschnig, M., Hartmeyer, I., Otto, J.-C. & Schrott, L. (2011): A new permafrost and mass movement test site in the Eastern Alps - concept and first results of the MOREXPERT project. In: Borsdorf, A., Stötter, J. & Veulliet, E. (eds.). Managing Alpine Future II, Proceedings 163-173.

2009

  • Otto, J.C., L. Schrott, M. Jaboyedoff & R, Dikau (2009): Quantifiying sediment storage in a high alpine valley (Turtmanntal, Switzerland). In: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34, pp. 1726-1742.

2008

  • Otto,J.C., J. Goetz & L. Schrott (2008): Sediment storage in alpine sedimentary systems – quantification and scaling issues. In: Sediment Dynamics in Changing Environments (Proceedings of a symposium held in Christchurch, New Zealand, December 2008). IAHS Publ. 325, 2008.

2007

  • Otto, J.C., K. Kleinod, O. König, M. Krautblatter, N. Nyenhuis, I. Roer, M. Schneider, B. Schreiner, & R. Dikau (2007): HRSC-A data: a new high-resolution data set with multi-purpose applications in physical geography. Progress in Physical Geography, 31(2), pp.179-197. (Download pdf- 700 kb)

2006

  • Otto, J.C. & O. Sass (2006): Comparing geophysical methods for talus slope investigations in the Turtmann valley (Swiss Alps). Geomorphology, 76, 3-4, pp.257-272.(Download pdf - 1,5 MB)
  • Dikau, R., H. Gärtner, N. Nyenhuis, J.Otto, I.Roer & I.Sahling (2006): Potentiale neuer Methoden zur Detektion von Reliefformen und der Kinematik der Erdoberfläche. in: Deutscher Arbeitskreis für Geomorphologie (Hrsg.): Die Erdoberfläche - Lebens- und Gestaltungsraum des Menschen. Forschungsstrategische und programmatische Leitlinien zukünftiger geomorphologischer Forschung und Lehre. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Suppl. 148. pp.116-125.

2004

  • Otto, J.C. & R. Dikau (2004): Geomorphologic System Analysis of a High Mountain Valley in the Swiss Alps. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie (Journal of Geomorphology) Vol.48, 3, pp.323-341. (Download pdf - 7,4 MB)

 

Monographs, books, special issues

  • Glade, T., R. Bell, P. Dobesberger, C. Embleton-Hamann, R. Fromm, S. Fuchs, K. Hagen, J. Hübl, G. Lieb, J.C. Otto, F. Perzl, R. Peticzka, C. Prager, C. Samimi, O. Sass, W. Schöner, D. Schröter, L. Schrott, C. Zangerl und A. Zeidler (2014): Der Einfluss des Klimawandels auf die Reliefsphäre. In: Österreichischer Sachstandsbericht Klimawandel 2014 (AAR14). Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC), Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Österreich, S. 557–600.
  • Keiler, M., Kellerer-Pirklbauer, A. and Otto, J.-C. (2012): Special Issue:CONCEPTS AND IMPLICATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND HUMAN IMPACT: STUDIES FROM AUSTRIAN GEOMORPHOLOGICAL RESEARCH. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 94,1.
  • Otto, J.C. and L. Schrott (2010): Quantifizierung von rezenten und postglazialen Sedimentflüssen in den Ostalpen. Salzburger Geographische Arbeiten, Bnd 46.
  • Otto, J.C. and R. Dikau (2009): Landform - Structure, Evolution, Process Control: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Landform organised by the Research Training Group 437. Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences , Springer. For more information please consult the product flyer or visit http://springer.com/978-3-540-75760-3.
  • Otto, J.C. (2009): Paraglacial Sediment Storage Quantification in the Turtmann Valley, Swiss Alps. Bonner Geographische Abhandlungen, No. 124.
  • Otto, J.C. (2006): Paraglacial sediment storage quantification in the Turtmann Valley, Swiss Alps. PhD theses, University of Bonn, 161 pages. (Download pdf)

 

Other publications

  • Otto J.C., Keuschnig M. (2014): Permafrost-Glacier Interaction – Process Understanding of Permafrost Reformation and Degradation. DOI:10.1553/IGF-1 ISBN: 978-3-7001-7577-3 In book: permAfrost – Austrian Permafrost Research Initiative. Final Report, Chapter: 1, Publisher: ÖAW - Austrian Academy of Sciences, Editors: Martin Rutzinger, Kati Heinrich, Axel Borsdorf, Johann Stötter, pp.3-16
  • Otto, J.-C., M. Geilhausen & L. Schrott (2009): Die Oberfläche entschlüsseln - Methoden der Geomorphologie zur Erkundung der Erdoberfläche und des oberflächennahen Untergrundes. In: Musil, R. & Staudacher, C. (Hrsg.): Menschen.Raum.Umwelt. Entwicklungen und Perspektiven der Geographie in Österreich, S. 134-144.
  • Schneider, M. & J. C. Otto (2007): A new semi-automatic tool for 3-dimensional landform mapping. Proceedings 9th Int. Conf. on High Mountain Remote Sensing Cartography, 14-22.Sept. 2006, Graz, Grazer Schriften der Geographie und Raumordnung, Band 43, 235-242.(Download pdf - 500 kb)

 

Online Publications/Websites

 

Presentations (Pr)/ Posters (Po)

2011

  • Otto, J.-C. (2011): Modellierung der Permafrostverbreitung in den Hohen Tauern (permalp.at). Sonnblicktagung, Wien, Österreich. (Pr)
  • Otto J.-C., Keuschnig M., Götz J., Marbach M. & L. Schrott (2011): Detection of mountain permafrost by combining high-resolution surface and subsurface information – An example from the Glatzbach catchment, Austrian Alps - at EGU 2011 (Vienna, Austria, 04/2011), Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 13. (Po & Ab)

2010

  • OTTO J.-C., HOFFMANN T., GÖTZ J. & L. SCHROTT (2010): Scaling issues in alpine sediment budgets – Identifying key parameters and concepts for scale linkages. GeoDarmstadt2010 (Darmstadt, Deutschland, 10/2010) (pr)
  • OTTO J.-C., GÖTZ J., KEUSCHNIG M., HARTMEYER I., TROMBOTTO D. & L. SCHROTT (2010): Geomorphological and geophysical investigation of a complex rock glacier system - Morenas Coloradas valley (Cordon del Plata, Mendoza, Argentina). Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU General Assembly 2010, Wien, Österreich (05/2010). (Po)

2009

  • Otto, J.C., J. Götz, & L. Schrott (2009): Skalenübergreifende Ansätze zur Quantifizierung von Sedimentflüssen im Einzugsgebiet der Möll (Österreich). Deutscher Geographentag 2009, Wien. (Pr)
  • Otto, J.C. & L.Schrott (2009): Integrating Surface and Subsurface information. towards the development of a Geomorphological Information System (GeomorphIS). 7th International Conference on Geomorphology. Melbourne. (Pr)

2008

  • Otto, J.C., J. Götz, &L. Schrott (2008): Sediment storage in alpine sedimentary systems-quantification and scaling issues. IAHS - ICCE Meeting Christchurch 2008. (Pr)
  • Otto, J.C. & Schneider, M. (2008):Semi-automatic landform mapping in 3D – Applications for rapid, high-accurate hazard zonation in high mountain terrain using high resolution DEM data. European Geoscience Union - General Assembly 2008, Vienna (Pr)
  • Otto, J.C., Schrott, L. (2008): Sedimentkaskaden und Permafrost - ein unterschätzer Zusammenhang? Symposium Permafrost in europäischen Hochgebirgen. Würzburg (Pr)

2007

  • Hauck, C., Delaloye, R., Farbrot, H., Frauenfelder, R., Hilbich, C., Kneisel, C., Krautblatter, M., Nyenhuis, M., Otto, J.C., & I. Roer (2007): Ice content and ice origin of mountain permafrost occurrences using electrical resistivity tomography. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol.9, 2007, EGU Conference, Vienna 2007 (Pr)
  • Otto, J.C., I.Roer, M.Nyenhuis (2007): Rock glaciers in the alpine sediment cascade. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol.9, 2007, EGU Conference, Vienna 2007 (Po)
  • Otto, J.C.(2007): Paraglacial landform quantification in the Turtmann Valley, Swiss Alps. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol.9, 2007, EGU Conference, Vienna 2007 (Po)

2006

  • Otto, J.C., Schneider, M., R. Dikau (2006): Wege zur dreidimensionalen geomorphologischen Kartographie durch halbautomatische Formerkennungsverfahren. 32. Jahrestagung des AK Geomorphologie. Dresden, 4-7. 10. 2006. (Pr)
  • Otto, J.C., Schrott, L., R. Dikau (2006): Paraglaziale Sedimenthaushaltsmodellierung zur Bewertung der Formungseffektivität von Prozessen im Hochgebirge. 32. Jahrestagung des AK Geomorphologie. Dresden, 4-7. 10. 2006. (Po)
  • Schneider, M. & Otto, J.-C.(2006): A new semi-automatic tool for 3-dimensional landform mapping. Proceedings 9th Int. Conf. on High Mountain Remote Sensing Cartography. 14-22.Sept. 2006, Graz. (Pr)
  • Nyenhuis, M. & Otto, J.C.(2006): Permafrost distribution mapping and landscape evolution in a small cirque glacier forefield of the Turtmanntal, Swiss Alps: application of DC-resistivity, refraction seismics and BTS measurements.Geophyiscal Research Abstracts. Vol.8, 04489 (Po)

2005

  • Otto, J.C. and R. Dikau (2005): Modelling sediment storage in an alpine periglacial environment using geophysical and GIS methods. Third SEDIFLUX Science Meeting, Durham, UK, 15-19.12.2006 (Pr)
  • Otto, J.C.(2005): Modellierung von Sedimentvolumina in der Periglazialzone des Turtmanntal, Schweiz. AK 11 - AK Hochgebirge auf dem 55. Deutscher Geographentag Trier 6.10.2005 (Pr)
  • Nyenhuis, M. & Otto, J.C.(2005): Multiskalige Refliefstruktur in einem alpinen Geosystem. Tagungsband 55. Deutscher Geographentag, Trier 2005 (Pr)
  • Otto, J.C.(2005): Deciphering the alpine sediment cascade. Sediment storage in the periglacial zone of the Turtmann valley, Swiss Alps. 6th Int. Conf. on Geomorphology. Zaragoza, 7.-11.9.2005, p.12 (Pr)
  • Otto, J.C.(2005): Quantification of sediment storage in the periglacial zone of the Turtmanntal, Switzerland. IN: Haas, H., Ramseyer, K., Schlunegger, F. (Eds.):Sediment 2005.Schriftenreihe der dt. Ges. für Geowissenschaften, Vol.28, Thun, 18-20.7.2005, p.115 (Pr)
  • Otto, J.C.(2005): Characteristics and volumes of sediment storages in the periglacial zone of the Turtmann valley, Switzerland. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol.7, 2005 (Po)

2004

  • Otto, J.C., Glade, T., Bell, R., Schrott, L. & Dikau, R. (2004): Die digitale Geomorphologische Karte - Anwendung und Perspektiven. 30.Tagung AK Geomorphologie, Heidelberg, 6.-9.10.2004, p.77 (Po)
  • Otto, J.C. (2004): Quantifizierung und Visualisierung von Sedimentspeichern in einem hochalpinen Tal. Konzept und erste Ergebnisse. 30.Tagung AK Geomorphologie, Heidelberg, 6.-9.10.2004, p.78 (Po)
  • Otto, J.C.(2004): Quantification and visualisation of sediment bodies in a high alpine geosystem. First Science Meeting of the ESF Network Sediflux, Saudrakrokur, Island,18.-21.6.2004,p.79 (Pr)

2001

  • Otto, J.C. & Dikau, R. (2001): Das geomorphologische System des Turtmanntals, Wallis, Schweiz. Formen, Substrate und Prozesse. Jahrestreffen der AG HochgebirgsÖkologie, Trier, 22-24.6.2001 (Po)

Education

 

Employment

  • Nov. 2012- August 2016: Founder and Managing Director at geoFact Austria GmbH, Salzburg - Consultat for Geophysic and Geologie
  • Since Okt. 2011: Researcher at Department of Geography and Geologie, University of Salzburg, Austria, Member of the Research Group Geomorphology and Environmental Systems
  • Okt. 2007-Sept 2011: Postdoc at Department of Geography and Geologie, University of Salzburg, Austria, Member of the Research Group Geomorphology and Environmental Systems
  • Okt. 2006 - Sept 2007: Postdoc at the Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany
  • May – June 2002: Project collaborator Geospace GmbH, Köln
  • May – June 2000: Trainee Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Kanada

 

Memberships

 

Memberships in Editorial Boards

 

Journal Referee

  • Geomorphology
  • Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie
  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Researc
  • Journal of Maps
  • Geografiska Annaler A
  • Vadose Zone
  • Natural Hazards and Earth System Science

 

Meeting Organisation

2008

  • 3.Mitteleuropäische Geomorphologietagung, Salzburg, Austria 23.-28. September 2008

2007

  • Landform - structure, evolution, process control. Symposium Department of Geography, Bonn, 07. - 10. June 2007
  • Sources to sink sedimentary cascades: Perspectives from Germany and Japan, 1. -10. September 2007, Sapporro, Japan