Dr. Julia Kowalski




AICES Graduate School
Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Schinkelstr. 2
D-52062 Aachen Germany

Office: room 330 a (Rogowski building, 4th floor)
Phone: + 49(0)241 80 99 150
Email: kowalski@aices.rwth-aachen.de


Research Interests


  • geophysical fluid dynamics
  • phase-change and transport processes
  • mathematical modeling in geoscience
  • scientific computing
  • cryosphere geophysics
  • avalanches, landslides and natural hazards
  • climate change and climate change impact
  • solar system science and icy moons


Professional Career


  • 2015 – now: coopted with the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering, RWTH Aachen
  • 2015 – now: Junior Research Group Leader at AICES, RWTH Aachen
    2012 – 2015: Research position at FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany / project coordination of the research collaboration ‚Enceladus Explorer‘
  • 2011 – 2012: Analytic Specialist, McKinsey & Company, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2010 – 2011: PostDoc at RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • 2005 – 2010: Research Assistant/ PostDoc / member of the RAMMS team at WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland




2011 Master of Advanced Studies in Medical Physics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2009 PhD in Applied Mathematics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2004 Diploma in Mathematics, University of Augsburg, Germany





  1. Schüller, K. and Kowalski, J. „A Lagrangian approach to modeling heat flux driven close-contact melting.“ arXiv preprint arXiv:1704.00503 (2017).
  2. Kowalski, J., Linder, P., Zierke, S., von Wulfen, B., Clemens, J., Konstantinidis, K., Ameres ,G., Hoffmann, R., Mikucki, J., Tulaczyk, S., Funke, O., Blandfort, D., Espe, C., Feldmann, M., Francke, G., Hiecker, S., Plescher, E., Schöngarth, S., Schüller, K., Dachwald, B., Digel, I., Artmann, G., Eliseev, D., Heinen, D., Scholz, F., Wiebusch, C., Macht, S., Bestmann, U., Reineking, T., Zetzsche, C., Schill, K., Fürstner, R., Niedermeier, H, Szumski,,A., Eissfeller, B., Naumann, U, Helbing, K., : Navigation Technology for Exploration of Glacier Ice With Maneuverable Melting Probes, Cold Reg. Sci. Technol., 123, 53-70, 2016
  3. Schüller, K., Kowalski, J., Raback, P.: Curvilinear Melting – A Preliminary Experimental and Numerical Study, Int. Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 92, 884-892, 2016
  4. Konstantinidis, K., Flores Martinez, C., Dachwald, B., Ohndorf, A., Dykta, P., Bowitz, P., Rudolph, M., Digel, I., Kowalski J., Voigt, K., Fürstner, R: A lander mission to probe subglacial water on Saturn’ss moon Enceladus for life, Acta Astronautica, DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro. 2014.09.012, 2015
  5. Konstantinidis, K., Kowalski, J., Florez Martinez, C., Dachwald, B., Ewerhart, D., Fürstner, R: Some necessary technologies for in-situ astrobiology on Enceladus, Proc. 66th IAC, Jerusalem, 2015
  6. Dachwald, B., Mikucki, J., Tulaczyk, S., Digel, I., Espe, C., Feldmann, M., Francke, G., Kowalski, J., Xu, C.: IceMole – A Maneuverable Probe for Clean In-Situ Analysis and Sampling of Subsurface Ice and Subglacial Aquatic Ecosystems , Ann. Glaciol. 55(65), 14-22, 2014
  7. Niedermeier, H., Clemens, J., Kowalski, J., Macht, S., Heinen, D., Hoffmann, R. Linder, P.: Navigation system for a research ice probe for Antarctic glaciers , IEEE/ION PLANS, 978-1-4799-3320-4/14, 2014
  8. Dachwald, B., Feldmann, M., Espe, C., Francke, G., Kowalski, J., Mikucki, J., Tulaczyk, S., Digel, I.: Development of a Maneuverable Subsurface Probe for Solar System Ices and Testing in Antarctica , 65th IAC, Toronto, 2014
  9. Konstantinidis, K., Flores Martinez, C., Dachwald, B., Ohndorf, A., Dykta, P., Bowitz, P., Rudolph, M., Digel, I., Kowalski, J., Voigt, K., Förstner, R.: Mission and system design for a lander mission to probe the subglacial water of Saturns moon Enceladus for life , 65th IAC, Toronto, 2014
  10. Kowalski, J., McElwaine, J.N: Shallow two-component gravity-driven flows with vertical variation , J. Fluid Mech 714, 434-462, 2013
  11. Olaru, A.M., Kowalski, J., Sethi, V., Blümich, B.: Exchange relaxometry of flows at small Péclet numbers in a glass bead pack , J. Magn. Reson. 220,32-44, 2012
  12. Fischer, J.-T., Kowalski, J., Pudasaini, S.P.: Topographic curvature effects in applied avalanche modelling , Cold Reg. Sci. Technol. 74/75, 21-30, 2012
  13. Knobloch, V., Kowalski, J., Büsiger, P., Kozerke, S.: Probabilistic Streamline Estimation from Accelerated Fourier Velocity Encoded Measurements , Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 19, 2011
  14. Bühler Y., Christen M., Kowalski J., Bartelt P.: Sensitivity of snow avalanche simulations to digital elevation model quality and resolution , Ann. Glaciol. 52(58), 72-80., 2011
  15. Christen, M., Kowalski, J., Bartelt, P.: RAMMS: Numerical simulation of dense snow avalanches in three-dimensional terrain , Cold Reg. Sci. Technol. 63(1-2), 1-14, 2010
  16. Christen, M., Bartelt, P., Kowalski, J.: Back calculation of the In den Arelen avalanche with RAMMS: Interpretation of model results , Ann. Glaciol. 51(54), 161-168, 2010
  17. Fischer, J.-T., Kowalski, J., Pudasaini, S.P., Miller, S.A.: Dynamic Avalanche Modeling in Natural Terrain , Proc. ISSW 2009, 448-453, 2009
  18. Christen, M., Bartelt, P., Kowalski, J., Stoffel, L.: Calculation of dense snow avalanches in three-dimensional terrain with the numerical simulation programm RAMMS , Proc. ISSW 2008, 709-716, 2009
  19. McArdell, B., Bartelt, P., Kowalski, J.: Field observations of basal forces and fluid pore pressure in a debris flow , Geophys. Res. Lett. 34, L07406, 2007
  20. Heierli, J., Purves, S.P. Felber, A., Kowalski, J.: Verification of nearest-neighbours interpretations in avalanche forecasting , Ann. Glaciol. 38, 84-88, 2004