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Researcher Profile

Mag. Dr. Michael Avian

Mag. Dr. Michael Avian





Competence Unit

Environmental Resources & Technologies




+43 50550 4633


UFT, Konrad-Lorenz-Straße 24, 3430 Tulln


Field: Green Processes

Main Research: Remote Sensing, Mass Movements, Permafrost degradation, Natural Hazards,


Michael Avian holds a Ph.D degree in Natural Sciences  with studies at the University of Graz, Graz University of Technology and University of Oslo. At AIT he is an Engineer and Project Manager in the topic of environmental safety and is specialized in the application of different sensors (laserscanners, optical data) in the assessment of different geomorphic processes. In detail his work comprises the characterization and modelling of mass movement processes and related natural hazards, as well as the assessment of water availability for energy production and water supply. A main aspect of his work has been the modeling of geomorphic processes such as rock falls, debris flows, ice and snow avalanches and the coupling of geomorphic processes with aspects of climate change.
Michael Avian has been working for more than 15 years in national and international projects with partners in Norway (Oslo, Trondheim), Switzerland (Zurich, Bern), and Germany (Bonn). Next to research on methodological improvements his work focused on the evolution of the cryosphere and its impact on slope stability (e.g. permaNET, funded by EU) or on water resource management (e.g. projects in Asia within ICIMOD). Furthermore we was a lecturer at the Graz University of Technology and gave practicals in Remote Sensing applications in geomorphology.

  • 2004-2013: Scientist
    Institute of Geodesy; Graz University of Technology / Austria
  • 2013-2015: Scientist
    Institute of Earth Sciences; University of Graz / Austria
  • 2002-2004: Research Associate
    Digital; JOANNEUM RESEARCH Graz / Austria
  • 2007 - 2015: Permafrost Young Researchers Network (Co-Founder, Austrian Representative)


  • LiDAR for Monitoring Mass Movements in Permafrost Environments at the Cirque Hinteres Langtal, Austria, between 2000 and 2008.
    Author(s): Avian, M., Kellerer-Pirklbauer, A. & Bauer, A.
    Journal: Natural Hazards and Earth-System Sciences. Special Issue: LIDAR and DEM techniques for landslides monitoring and characterization. , 9 (2009) ; 1087 - 1094.
  • Vision-Based Terrestrial Surface Monitoring;
    Terrigenous Mass Movements.

    Author(s): Paar, G.; Bauer, A.; Huber, B.; Avian, M. & Reiterer, A.,
    Publisher: Springer Series; Berlin, Heidelberg; 2012
    Series: Prdhan, Buchroithner
  • Advanced Glaciological Studies at Pasterze Glacier (Austria) based on Aerial Photographs 2003-2006-2009.;
    Monitoring and Modeling of Global Changes. A Geomatics Perspective.

    Author(s): Kaufmann, V., Kellerer Pirklbauer, A., Lieb, G.K., Slupetzky, H. & Avian, M.,
    Publisher: Springer; 2015
    Series: Li J. and Yang X.
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Applications (2006)
    Graz University of Technology
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Applications (2005)
    Graz University of Technology
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Applications (2007)
    Graz University of Technology

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