Konrad Steffen

Swiss glaciologist

Konrad "Koni" Steffen (2 January 1952 – 8 August 2020)[1] was a Swiss glaciologist. He was known for his research into the impact of global warming on the Arctic. He was born in Zurich. Steffen was an associate professor of geography at the University of Colorado Boulder from 1991 to 1997.

He was the director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at Boulder from 2005[2] to 2012.

He took office as the director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research on July 1, 2012.[3]

Steffen died, aged 68, on 8 August 2020 in an accident while on a field trip in Greenland.[4][5] He fell into a crevasse near the Swiss Camp research station and drowned.[6][7]


  1. New professors at the ETH Zurich appointed
  2. Konrad Steffen Archived 2013-12-12 at the Wayback Machine, CIRES
  3. "Konrad Steffen new WSL Director". Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. 12 September 2011. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  4. "Direktor Konrad Steffen tödlich verunglückt - WSL". www.wsl.ch. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  5. "WSL Director Konrad Steffen fatally injured in Greenland accident | ETH-Board". www.ethrat.ch. Archived from the original on 2020-08-10. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  6. Schwartz, John (13 August 2020). "Konrad Steffen, Who Sounded Alarm on Greenland Ice, Dies at 68". The New York Times.
  7. "Kollega fortæller om tragedien på indlandsisen". Sermitsiaq.AG (in Danish).