Dr Steven Palmer
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography


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.


  • 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)



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