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Sea Level, Ice and Climate

An over-arching theme of the Ice Sheets and Sea Level cluster is to explain and quantify the dynamic response of ice sheets to external and internal forcing and their contribution to sea-level rise. A particular focus is on integrating our strengths in field and remote sensing with new expertise in numerical modelling to: (1) understand the decadal to millennial trajectory of the polar ice sheets to constrain how they respond to climatic and oceanic forcing; (2) advance understanding of how subglacial processes affect ice sheet dynamics, exploiting expertise in process-form relationships at the ice-bed interface; (3) develop understanding of sea-level change, especially during past transitions and interglacials, as an analogue for how sea level and ice sheets may interact and affect society in the future; (4) apply expertise in sea-level indicators of seismic activity to reconstruct earthquake recurrence and impacts in a range of settings; and (5) explain how oceans interact with ice sheets and other environments over major climate transitions (palaeoceanography), including the teleconnections between low and high latitudes, to understand better the fundamental processes that govern the role of the oceans in climate change.

Cluster Members

Staff name Research Interests
Mike Bentley Antarctic environmental history, sea-level change, glacial geomorphology
Matt Brain Engineering geomorphology, sediment compaction, coastal geomorphology, landslide mechanics
Dave Bridgland Fluvial history, Quaternary, Palaeontology/Archaeology
Colm O'Cofaigh Glacial sedimentary processes, ice sheet reconstructions
Nick Cox Statistical applications in Geography (e.g. geomorphology, hydrology, climatology)
Simon Engelhart Sea-level change, Earthquake induced Tsunami/Storm Surge/Vertical Land Motion, Holocene
Dave Evans Glacial geomorphology, Landscape evolution, Mountains
Luke Jackson Sea-level change, Coastal Impacts, Climate Change
Stewart Jameison Glacial geomorphology, Ice stream dynamics, Landscape evolution
Jerry Lloyd Palaeo-oceanography, Sea-level change, Palaeo-climatology
Antony Long Sea-level change, Quaternary, Microfossils (Saltmarshes)
Helen Mackay Human-Environement Interactions, Biomarkers, Sediment archives
Erin McClymont Past Environmental and Climate Change, Organic Geochemistry
Paola Moffa-Sanchez Past Ocean variability, Interglacial climates, Proxy reconstructions
Dave Roberts Glacial sedimentary processes, Ice stream dynamics
Chris Stokes Glaciers, Climate Change, Ice stream dynamics, Antarctica
John Wainwright Human-Environment Interactions, Hydrology, Geomorphology
Pippa Whitehouse Glacial Isostatic Adjustment, Solid Earth Deformation, Sea-level Change, Antarctica
Sarah Woodroffe Sea-level change, Holocene, Microfossils (Mangroves/Saltmarshes), Greenland