Dr Steven Palmer
Lecturer in Physical Geography


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


BSc, MSc, PhD

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 725807
AddressAmory Building
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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