Schneiderbauer, Stefan

Co-Head of GLOMOS Programme

UNU Publications
Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Stefan Schneiderbauer
    Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS)
    +39 0471 055373

    Research Interests

    • Climate & disaster risk management
    • Social Vulnerability and Community Resilience
    • Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions


    • Ph.D. Risk and Vulnerability to Natural Hazards – from Broad View to Focused Perspective. Free University Berlin, Department of Geosciences
    • Diploma, Geography (Minors in Geology and Meteorology), Thesis: Studies on Geomorphology and Hydrogeology in the Area of the Jebel Marra (Darfur, Rep. Sudan) with Special Emphasis on Satellite and Aerial Image Interpretation


    • 2007–present: Member of the Katastrophennetz e.V. / katNET
    • 2015-present: Member of WeADAPT, a collaborative platform on climate adaptation issues
    • 2007–present: Member of the Arbeitskreis Geographie: Naturgefahren und –Naturrisiken (working group German Geography: Natural hazards and risks), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie (DGfG)
    • 2018: Invited Co-Author for the position paper: Natural Hazards and Biodiversity Management - Euregiolab (Euregio Tyrol, South Tyrol, Trentino)
    • 2014-2018: Invited Expert for scientific project evaluation within the European Commission’s research programs FP7 and H2020
    • 2015-2018: Invited Expert for project evaluation of the European Commission’s agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) - for the support of EU volunteers
    • 2018: Invited Expert for the Council of Europe on strategy development for the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement

    Biographical Statement

    Dr. Stefan Schneiderbauer is Co-Head of Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS) Programme, a joint endeavor of UNU-EHS and Eurac Research in South Tyrol. His educational background is embedded in geoscience and the application of remote sensing techniques for natural resource management. He studied Geography at the University of Cologne (Germany) as well as at the Université Louvain‐La‐Neuve (Belgium) and obtained his PhD from the Department for Geosciences of the Free University Berlin (Germany) with a dissertation on populations’ risks and vulnerabilities to natural hazards. His main fields of research comprise of climate-related risk analyses, dynamic exposure assessments, social vulnerabilities and community resilience particularly within social-ecological systems in mountain regions.

    Before joining UNU-EHS, Dr. Schneiderbauer worked for 12 years at Eurac Research where he initiated and headed the Research Group “Climate and Disaster Risk” within the Institute for Earth Observation. He managed an interdisciplinary team of researchers with whom he developed and applied concepts as well as standardized procedures to analyze and assess multi-risks related to natural hazards. In this position he acquired and led research and consultancy projects at European, Alpine and local scale with a strong emphasis on risk governance issues as well as the identification and monitoring of most appropriate adaptation measures as immediate policy support.

    Dr Schneiderbauer’s interest in natural hazards-related exposure and vulnerabilities originate from his research work at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, where his work capitalized on the added value of space-born data and information for assessing risks outside of the European Union.

    Previous work experience covers lecturing at various universities in Berlin, facilitating and consulting of projects in development cooperation as well as training and capacity activities for participatory mapping using Geo-Information and Remote Sensing technologies. The majority of this work was carried out in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Articles


    Book Chapters

    • Steger, Stefan, Mair, Volkmar, Kofler, Christian, Pittore, Massimiliano, Zebisch, Marc and Schneiderbauer, Stefan, “A Statistical Exploratory Analysis of Inventoried Slide-Type Movements for South Tyrol (Italy)” in Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk, ed. Guzzetti, Fausto, Snježana, Arbanas Mihalić, Reichenbach, Paola, Sassa, Kyoji, Bobrowsky, Peter T. and Takara, Kaoru (Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2020), 305-311.
    • Hagenlocher, Michael, Thieken, Annegret, Schneiderbauer, Stefan, Aguirre Ayerbe, Ignacio, Dobes, Pavel, Donovan, Amy, Morsut, Claudia, Paris, Nicholas, Pedoth, Lydia and Tonmoy, Fahim, “Risk Assessment” in Science for Disaster Risk Management: acting today, protecting tomorrow, ed. Casajus Valles, A., Marin Ferrer, M., Poljanšek, K. and Clark, I. (Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2020), 54-65.
    • Schneiderbauer, Stefan, Calliari, Elisa, Eidsvig, Unni and Hagenlocher, Michael, “The most recent view of vulnerability” in Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less, ed. Poljansek, Karmen, Marin Ferrer, Montserrat, De Groeve, Tom and Clark, Ian (Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2017), 70-84.

    Conference Proceedings

    • Pedoth, Lydia, Elzbieta Stawinoga, Agnieszka, Koboltschnig, Gernot, Gallmetzer, Willigis, Macconi, Pierpaolo, Hartmann, Soenke, Schneiderbauer, Stefan and Damyanovic, Doris ed. 14th Congress INTERPRAEVENT 2021: Natural Hazards in a Changing World 2021/05/31 – 2021/06/01 Norway. Klagenfurt: The International Research Society INTERPRAEVENT, 2021.


  • Articles

    • Renner, K., SCHNEIDERBAUER, S., Pruß, F., Kofler, C., Martin, D. & Cockings, S.: (2018): Spatiotemporal population modelling as improved exposure information for risk assessments tested in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 27, 2018, Pages 470-479, ISSN 2212-4209, (
    • KRUSE, S., ABELING, T., DEEMING, H., FORDHAM, M., FORRESTER, J., JÜLICH, S., KARANCI, A. N., KUHLICKE, C., PELLING, M., PEDOTH, L., & SCHNEIDERBAUER, S. (2017): Conceptualizing community resilience to natural hazards – the emBRACE framework, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 2321-2333,
    • CASAGLI, N, CIGNA F, BIANCHINI S, HÖLBLING D, FÜREDER G, RIGHINI G, DEL CONTE S, FRIEDL B, SCHNEIDERBAUER S, IASIO C, VLCKO J, GREIF V, PROSKE H, GRANICA K, FALCO S, LOZZI S, MORA O, ARNAUD A, NOVALI F & BIANCHI M (2016): Landslide services for inventory mapping, monitoring and rapid mapping by using radar and optical remote sensing: examples from the EC-FP7 project SAFER, Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, Volume 4, October 2016, Pages 92–108,
    • Schneiderbauer, S; Kruse, S; Kuhlicke, C; Abeling, T (2016): Resilienz als Konzept in Wissenschaft und Praxis, Resilience as a concept in science and practice. In: Fekete, A & Hufschmidt, G: Atlas der Verwundbarkeit und Resilienz, Atlas of vulnerabiltiy and resilience. Pp 22-25.
    • BIRKMANN J, CARDONA OD, CARREÑO L, , BARBAT A, PELLING M, SCHNEIDERBAUER S, KIENBERGER S, KEILER M, ALEXANDER D, ZEIL P &WELLE T (2013). Framing vulnerability, risk and societal responses: the MOVE framework, Natural Hazards, 10.1007/s11069-013-0558-5.
    • Schneiderbauer, S. (2013): What “on” the world is going on? In: Taubenböck, H. & Strunz, G.: REMOTE SENSING CONTRIBUTING TO MAPPING EARTHQUAKE VULNERABILITY AND EFFECTS, ISSN: 0921-030X (Print) 1573-0840 (Online), Natural Hazards, Volume 68, Issue 1, August 2013.
    • SCHNEIDERBAUER, S., PEDOTH, L., ZHANG, D., & ZEBISCH, M. (2011): Assessing adaptive capacity within regional climate change vulnerability studies – an Alpine example, Natural Hazards, 1-15, August 26, 2011.


    • DEEMING, H., FORDHAM, M., KUHLICKE, C., PEDOTH, L., SCHNEIDERBAUER, S. & SHREVE, C. 2019 (Eds.): Framing Community Disaster Resilience: resources, capacities, learning and action, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex.
    • JASANI, B., PESARESI, M., SCHNEIDERBAUER, S. & ZEUG, G. 2010 (Eds): Remote Sensing from Space -Supporting International Peace and Security.

    Book Chapters

    • BECKER D., SCHNEIDERBAUER, S., FORRESTER J., & PEDOTH L. (2019): Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Aspects of Indicators for Assessing Community Resilience. In: DEEMING, H., FORDHAM, M., KUHLICKE, C., PEDOTH, L., SCHNEIDERBAUER, S., & SHREVE, C. (Eds.): Framing Community Disaster Resilience: resources, capacities, learning and action, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex.
    • SCHNEIDERBAUER, S.; CALLIARI, E.; EIDSVIG, U. & HAGENLOCHER, M. (2017): The most recent view of vulnerability. In: POLJANŠEK, K., MARIN FERRER, M., DE GROEVE, T. & CLARK, I., (Eds.). Science for disaster risk management 2017 knowing better and losing less. EUR 28034 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2017, ISBN 978-92-79-60678-6, doi:10.2788/688605, JRC102482, pp 68-82.

    Conference Proceedings

    • FRITZSCHE, K., SCHNEIDERBAUER, S., BUBECK, P., KIENBERGER, S., BUTH, M., ZEBISCH, M., KAHLENBORN, W., (2014). The Vulnerability Sourcebook: Concept and guidelines for standardised vulnerability assessments. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Bonn und Eschborn, Germany, 180p.