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Dr Steven Palmer

Dr Steven Palmer

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

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 01392 725807

 Amory C407

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

 Office hours:

Office hours (Term 1 of 2019/20): Monday 10:30-11:30 & Thursday 11:30-12:30 

Please note: Steven will be on parternity leave during weeks 7 to 12.

Overview

Office hours (Term 1 of 2019/20): Monday 10:30-11:30 & Thursday 11:30-12:30 

Please note: Steven will be on parternity leave during weeks 7 to 12.

Steven studied Earth and Space Science at University College London, where his dissertation, based at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, used X-ray telescope observations to identify Active Galactic Nuclei. He then moved to Cranfield University and gained a MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering, after which he worked as Mission Systems Engineer in the Earth Observation group of EADS Astrium Ltd. Steven then worked briefly at the British Antarctic Survey before embarking on a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, where he used satellite radar measurements to investigate the flow dynamics of Arctic glaciers. Following this, he conducted fieldwork on the Larsen-C ice shelf in Antarctica as part of a project investigating Antarctic peninsula ice shelf instability. Steven then moved to the University of Leeds, where his work aimed to reduce uncertainties in the future contribution of the ice sheets to global sea level change. Before joining the University of Exeter as a lecturer in physical geography, Steven participated in a NERC-funded airborne geophysical survey of Greenland outlet glaciers, during which time he was based at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.

He is currently Co-I on a NERC-funded project investigating the basal conditions of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Remote sensing of the cryosphere
  • Glacier hydrology and ice dynamics
  • Ice sheet basal conditions

Qualifications

BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, FRGS

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Steve uses a variety of airborne and satellite techniques to investigate changes in ice geometry and motion, in order to understand the dynamic response of glaciers to recent climate forcing. Using airborne ice penetrating radar, it is also possible to investigate conditions beneath many hundreds of metres of ice, which is key to developing an understanding of how the ice sheets are likely to changes under future climate scenarios.

Research projects

Steve's research uses a suite of airborne geophysical measurements to investigate the ice geometry and basal conditions at marine-terminating glaciers in Greenland. The work focuses on 'flow transition zones' where a large horizontal gradient in the speed of ice flow exists between the slow flowing ice sheet interior, and the faster flowing outlet glaciers. Steve's research also sheds light on the complex interplay between meltwater and ice dynamics throughout the cryosphere.

Grants/Funding:

  • NERC ARSF survey of Langjokull Ice Cap, Iceland, summer 2013.
  • NERC Grant NE/H020667: Airborne geophysical investigations of basal conditions at flow transitions of outlet glaciers on the Greenland Ice Sheet (PDRA)
  • TanDEM-X data grant XTI_GLAC0430: Linking hydrology and dynamics at the western margin of the Greenland ice sheet using surface elevation and velocity change observations.
  • NERC Grant  NE/M000869/1: Basal Properties of the Greenland Ice Sheet (CoI)

     

Links


Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Palmer SJ, McMillan M, Morlighem M (In Press). Subglacial lake drainage detected beneath the Greenland ice sheet. Nature Communications, 6(8408). Full text.
Morlighem M, Williams CN, Rignot E, an L, Arndt JE, Bamber JL, Catania G, Chauché N, Dowdeswell JA, Dorschel B, et al (2017). BedMachine v3: Complete Bed Topography and Ocean Bathymetry Mapping of Greenland from Multibeam Echo Sounding Combined with Mass Conservation. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(21), 11,051-11,061. Full text.
Bamber JL, Griggs JA, Hurkmans RTWL, Dowdeswell JA, Gogineni SP, Howat I, Mouginot J, Paden J, Palmer S, Rignot E, et al (2013). A new bed elevation dataset for Greenland. Cryosphere, 7(2), 499-510. Abstract.
Palmer SJ, Dowdeswell JA, Christoffersen P, Young DA, Blankenship DD, Greenbaum JS, Benham T, Bamber J, Siegert MJ (2013). Greenland subglacial lakes detected by radar. Geophysical Research Letters, n/a-n/a. Full text.
Sundal AV, Shepherd A, Nienow P, Hanna E, Palmer SJ, Huybrechts P (2011). Melt-induced speed-up of Greenland ice sheet offset by efficient subglacial drainage. NATURE, 469(7331), 521-524.
Palmer S, Shepherd A, Nienow P, Joughin I (2011). Seasonal speedup of the Greenland Ice Sheet linked to routing of surface water. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 302(3-4), 423-428. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Palmer SJ, McMillan M, Morlighem M (In Press). Subglacial lake drainage detected beneath the Greenland ice sheet. Nature Communications, 6(8408). Full text.
Albugami S, Palmer S, Cinnamon J, Meersmans J (2019). Spatial and temporal variations in the incidence of dust storms in Saudi Arabia revealed from in situ observations. Geosciences (Switzerland), 9(4). Abstract.  Full text.
Mansell DT, Palmer S, Le Brocq A (2019). Subglacial controls on dynamic thinning at Trinity-Wykeham Glacier, Prince of Wales Ice Field, Canadian Arctic. International Journal of Remote Sensing
Albugami S, Palmer S, Meersmans J, Waine T (2018). Evaluating MODIS dust-detection indices over the Arabian Peninsula. Remote Sensing, 10(12). Abstract.  Full text.
Morlighem M, Williams CN, Rignot E, an L, Arndt JE, Bamber JL, Catania G, Chauché N, Dowdeswell JA, Dorschel B, et al (2017). BedMachine v3: Complete Bed Topography and Ocean Bathymetry Mapping of Greenland from Multibeam Echo Sounding Combined with Mass Conservation. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(21), 11,051-11,061. Full text.
Carrivick JL, Tweed FS, Ng F, Quincey DJ, Mallalieu J, Ingeman-Nielsen T, Mikkelsen AB, Palmer SJ, Yde JC, Homer R, et al (2017). Ice-dammed lake drainage evolution at russell glacier, west greenland. Frontiers in Earth Science, 5 Abstract.  Full text.
Chu W, Schroeder DM, Seroussi H, Creyts TT, Palmer SJ, Bell RE (2016). Extensive winter subglacial water storage beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(24), 12-492. Abstract.  Full text.
Meersmans J, Van Weverberg K, De Baets S, De Ridder F, Palmer SJ, van Wesemael B, Quine TA (2016). Mapping mean total annual precipitation in Belgium, by investigating the scale of topographic control at the regional scale. Journal of Hydrology, 540, 96-105. Abstract.  Full text.
Carr JR, Vieli A, Stokes CR, Jamieson SSR, Palmer SJ, Christoffersen P, Dowdeswell JA, Nick FM, Blankenship DD, Young DA, et al (2015). Basal topographic controls on rapid retreat of Humboldt Glacier, northern Greenland. JOURNAL OF GLACIOLOGY, 61(225), 137-150. Author URL.  Full text.
Clason CC, Mair DWF, Nienow PW, Bartholomew ID, Sole A, Palmer S, Schwanghart W (2015). Modelling the transfer of supraglacial meltwater to the bed of Leverett Glacier, Southwest Greenland. Cryosphere, 9(1), 123-138. Abstract.  Full text.
Clason CC, Mair DWF, Nienow PW, Bartholomew ID, Sole A, Palmer S, Schwanghart W (2014). Modelling the transfer of supraglacial meltwater to the bed of Leverett Glacier, southwest Greenland. The Cryosphere Discussions, 8(4), 4243-4280. Abstract.
Bamber JL, Griggs JA, Hurkmans RTWL, Dowdeswell JA, Gogineni SP, Howat I, Mouginot J, Paden J, Palmer S, Rignot E, et al (2013). A new bed elevation dataset for Greenland. Cryosphere, 7(2), 499-510. Abstract.
Palmer SJ, Dowdeswell JA, Christoffersen P, Young DA, Blankenship DD, Greenbaum JS, Benham T, Bamber J, Siegert MJ (2013). Greenland subglacial lakes detected by radar. Geophysical Research Letters, n/a-n/a. Full text.
Leeson AA, Shepherd A, Palmer S, Sundal A, Fettweis X (2012). Simulating the growth of supraglacial lakes at the western margin of the Greenland ice sheet. Cryosphere, 6(5), 1077-1086. Abstract.
Sundal AV, Shepherd A, Nienow P, Hanna E, Palmer SJ, Huybrechts P (2011). Melt-induced speed-up of Greenland ice sheet offset by efficient subglacial drainage. NATURE, 469(7331), 521-524.
Rinne EJ, Shepherd A, Palmer S, Van Den Broeke MR, Muir A, Ettema J, Wingham D (2011). On the recent elevation changes at the Flade Isblink Ice Cap, northern Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 116(3). Abstract.  Full text.
Palmer S, Shepherd A, Nienow P, Joughin I (2011). Seasonal speedup of the Greenland Ice Sheet linked to routing of surface water. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 302(3-4), 423-428. Abstract.
Bartholomew ID, Nienow P, Sole A, Mair D, Cowton T, King MA, Palmer S (2011). Seasonal variations in Greenland Ice Sheet motion: Inland extent and behaviour at higher elevations. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 307(3-4), 271-278. Abstract.
Bartholomew I, Nienow P, Sole A, Mair D, Cowton T, Palmer S, Wadham J (2011). Supraglacial forcing of subglacial drainage in the ablation zone of the Greenland ice sheet. Geophysical Research Letters, 38(8). Abstract.
Palmer SJ, Shepherd A, Sundal A, Rinnem E, Nienow P (2010). InSAR observations of ice elevation and velocity fluctuations at the Flade Isblink ice cap, eastern North Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 115(4). Abstract.
Sundal AV, Shepherd A, Nienow P, Hanna E, Palmer S, Huybrechts P (2009). Evolution of supra-glacial lakes across the Greenland Ice Sheet. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, 2164-2171.
Palmer S, Shepherd A, Bjornsson H, Palsson F (2009). Ice velocity measurements of Langjokull, Iceland, from interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR). Journal of Glaciology, 55, 834-838.
Palmer SJ, Rycroft MJ, Cermack M (2006). Solar and geomagnetic activity, extremely low frequency magnetic and electric fields and human health at the Earth's surface. SURVEYS IN GEOPHYSICS, 27(5), 557-595. Author URL.

Conferences

Palmer S (2004). Earthshine: Alternative mission designs for the UK'S first deep-space spacecraft.  Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Palmer SJ, McMillan M, Morlighem M (In Press). Subglacial lake drainage detected beneath the Greenland ice sheet. Nature Communications, 6(8408). Full text.

2019

Albugami S, Palmer S, Cinnamon J, Meersmans J (2019). Spatial and temporal variations in the incidence of dust storms in Saudi Arabia revealed from in situ observations. Geosciences (Switzerland), 9(4). Abstract.  Full text.
Mansell DT, Palmer S, Le Brocq A (2019). Subglacial controls on dynamic thinning at Trinity-Wykeham Glacier, Prince of Wales Ice Field, Canadian Arctic. International Journal of Remote Sensing

2018

Albugami S, Palmer S, Meersmans J, Waine T (2018). Evaluating MODIS dust-detection indices over the Arabian Peninsula. Remote Sensing, 10(12). Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Morlighem M, Williams CN, Rignot E, an L, Arndt JE, Bamber JL, Catania G, Chauché N, Dowdeswell JA, Dorschel B, et al (2017). BedMachine v3: Complete Bed Topography and Ocean Bathymetry Mapping of Greenland from Multibeam Echo Sounding Combined with Mass Conservation. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(21), 11,051-11,061. Full text.
Carrivick JL, Tweed FS, Ng F, Quincey DJ, Mallalieu J, Ingeman-Nielsen T, Mikkelsen AB, Palmer SJ, Yde JC, Homer R, et al (2017). Ice-dammed lake drainage evolution at russell glacier, west greenland. Frontiers in Earth Science, 5 Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Chu W, Schroeder DM, Seroussi H, Creyts TT, Palmer SJ, Bell RE (2016). Extensive winter subglacial water storage beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(24), 12-492. Abstract.  Full text.
Meersmans J, Van Weverberg K, De Baets S, De Ridder F, Palmer SJ, van Wesemael B, Quine TA (2016). Mapping mean total annual precipitation in Belgium, by investigating the scale of topographic control at the regional scale. Journal of Hydrology, 540, 96-105. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Carr JR, Vieli A, Stokes CR, Jamieson SSR, Palmer SJ, Christoffersen P, Dowdeswell JA, Nick FM, Blankenship DD, Young DA, et al (2015). Basal topographic controls on rapid retreat of Humboldt Glacier, northern Greenland. JOURNAL OF GLACIOLOGY, 61(225), 137-150. Author URL.  Full text.
Clason CC, Mair DWF, Nienow PW, Bartholomew ID, Sole A, Palmer S, Schwanghart W (2015). Modelling the transfer of supraglacial meltwater to the bed of Leverett Glacier, Southwest Greenland. Cryosphere, 9(1), 123-138. Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Clason CC, Mair DWF, Nienow PW, Bartholomew ID, Sole A, Palmer S, Schwanghart W (2014). Modelling the transfer of supraglacial meltwater to the bed of Leverett Glacier, southwest Greenland. The Cryosphere Discussions, 8(4), 4243-4280. Abstract.

2013

Bamber JL, Griggs JA, Hurkmans RTWL, Dowdeswell JA, Gogineni SP, Howat I, Mouginot J, Paden J, Palmer S, Rignot E, et al (2013). A new bed elevation dataset for Greenland. Cryosphere, 7(2), 499-510. Abstract.
Palmer SJ, Dowdeswell JA, Christoffersen P, Young DA, Blankenship DD, Greenbaum JS, Benham T, Bamber J, Siegert MJ (2013). Greenland subglacial lakes detected by radar. Geophysical Research Letters, n/a-n/a. Full text.

2012

Leeson AA, Shepherd A, Palmer S, Sundal A, Fettweis X (2012). Simulating the growth of supraglacial lakes at the western margin of the Greenland ice sheet. Cryosphere, 6(5), 1077-1086. Abstract.

2011

Sundal AV, Shepherd A, Nienow P, Hanna E, Palmer SJ, Huybrechts P (2011). Melt-induced speed-up of Greenland ice sheet offset by efficient subglacial drainage. NATURE, 469(7331), 521-524.
Rinne EJ, Shepherd A, Palmer S, Van Den Broeke MR, Muir A, Ettema J, Wingham D (2011). On the recent elevation changes at the Flade Isblink Ice Cap, northern Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 116(3). Abstract.  Full text.
Palmer S, Shepherd A, Nienow P, Joughin I (2011). Seasonal speedup of the Greenland Ice Sheet linked to routing of surface water. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 302(3-4), 423-428. Abstract.
Bartholomew ID, Nienow P, Sole A, Mair D, Cowton T, King MA, Palmer S (2011). Seasonal variations in Greenland Ice Sheet motion: Inland extent and behaviour at higher elevations. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 307(3-4), 271-278. Abstract.
Bartholomew I, Nienow P, Sole A, Mair D, Cowton T, Palmer S, Wadham J (2011). Supraglacial forcing of subglacial drainage in the ablation zone of the Greenland ice sheet. Geophysical Research Letters, 38(8). Abstract.

2010

Palmer SJ, Shepherd A, Sundal A, Rinnem E, Nienow P (2010). InSAR observations of ice elevation and velocity fluctuations at the Flade Isblink ice cap, eastern North Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 115(4). Abstract.

2009

Sundal AV, Shepherd A, Nienow P, Hanna E, Palmer S, Huybrechts P (2009). Evolution of supra-glacial lakes across the Greenland Ice Sheet. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, 2164-2171.
Palmer S, Shepherd A, Bjornsson H, Palsson F (2009). Ice velocity measurements of Langjokull, Iceland, from interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR). Journal of Glaciology, 55, 834-838.

2006

Palmer SJ, Rycroft MJ, Cermack M (2006). Solar and geomagnetic activity, extremely low frequency magnetic and electric fields and human health at the Earth's surface. SURVEYS IN GEOPHYSICS, 27(5), 557-595. Author URL.

2004

Palmer S (2004). Earthshine: Alternative mission designs for the UK'S first deep-space spacecraft.  Abstract.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

Member of the English Riveria Educaion Strategy Board

Member of the Royal Geographical SW region committee


External positions

Visiting researcher at University of Sussex (2017)

Teaching

Steven is an Exeter Education Incubatror Fellow and leads the InVEnTA project: Interactive Virtual Environements for Teaching and Assessment

Office hours (Term 1 of 2019/20): Monday 10:30-11:30 & Thursday 11:30-12:30 

Please note: Steven will be on parternity leave during weeks 7 to 12.

Modules

2019/20


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Sarah Albaqami jointly supervised by Dr Jeroen Meersmans
  • Oliver Bartlett

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