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Dr Edward Gasson

Dr Edward Gasson

Royal Society University Research Fellow

 Peter Lanyon A073

 

Peter Lanyon Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

I am a glaciologist and palaeoclimatologist interested in what past climates can tell us about future climate change and sea level rise. I'm a modeler and work with computer codes representing the ice sheets and climate system. I mostly focus on the Antarctic Ice Sheet as it’s by far the biggest unknown in future sea level projections.  ​​

I moved to Cornwall and the University of Exeter in 2021 from the University of Bristol, where I also completed my PhD. After a couple of postdoctoral positions, including one in Massachusetts, I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. ​

I'm PI on the NERC-NSF project PLIOAMP ('Pliocene sea level amplitudes') and Co-I on NERC projects GEOICE ('Benchmark geological records for the response of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to near future temperature') and TONIC ('Solving the Oligocene icehouse conundrum').  

Research

Research grants

  • 2018 Royal Society
    University Research Fellowship

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Burls NJ, Bradshaw C, De Boer AM, Herold N, Huber M, Pound M, Donnadieu Y, Farnsworth A, Frigola Boix A, Gasson EGW, et al (In Press). Simulating Miocene warmth: insights from an opportunistic Multi-Model ensemble (MioMIP1).
Duncan B, McKay R, Levy R, Naish T, Prebble JG, Sangiorgi F, Krishnan S, Hoem F, Clowes C, Jones TD, et al (2022). Climatic and tectonic drivers of late Oligocene Antarctic ice volume. NATURE GEOSCIENCE, 15(10), 819-+. Author URL.
Clark CD, Ely JC, Hindmarsh RCA, Bradley S, Igneczi A, Fabel D, Cofaigh CO, Chiverrell RC, Scourse J, Benetti S, et al (2022). Growth and retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet, 31 000 to 15 000 years ago: the BRITICE-CHRONO reconstruction. BOREAS, 51(4), 699-758. Author URL.
Stap LB, Berends CJ, Scherrenberg MDW, van de Wal RSW, Gasson EGW (2022). Net effect of ice-sheet-atmosphere interactions reduces simulated transient Miocene Antarctic ice-sheet variability. CRYOSPHERE, 16(4), 1315-1332. Author URL.
Stoll HM, Cacho I, Gasson E, Sliwinski J, Kost O, Moreno A, Iglesias M, Torner J, Perez-Mejias C, Haghipour N, et al (2022). Rapid northern hemisphere ice sheet melting during the penultimate deglaciation. Nat Commun, 13(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Patterson MO, Levy RH, Kulhanek DK, van de Flierdt T, Horgan H, Dunbar GB, Naish TR, Ash J, Pyne A, Mandeno D, et al (2022). Sensitivity of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to +2 ∘C (SWAIS 2C). Scientific Drilling, 30, 101-112.
Marschalek JW, Zurli L, Talarico F, van de Flierdt T, Vermeesch P, Carter A, Beny F, Bout-Roumazeilles V, Sangiorgi F, Hemming SR, et al (2021). A large West Antarctic Ice Sheet explains early Neogene sea-level amplitude. Nature, 600(7889), 450-455. Abstract.  Author URL.
Halberstadt ARW, Chorley H, Levy RH, Naish T, DeConto RM, Gasson E, Kowalewski DE (2021). CO2 and tectonic controls on Antarctic climate and ice-sheet evolution in the mid-Miocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 564, 116908-116908.
Ashley KE, McKay R, Etourneau J, Jimenez-Espejo FJ, Condron A, Albot A, Crosta X, Riesselman C, Seki O, Massé G, et al (2021). Mid-Holocene Antarctic sea-ice increase driven by marine ice sheet retreat. Climate of the Past, 17(1), 1-19. Abstract.
Burls NJ, Bradshaw CD, De Boer AM, Herold N, Huber M, Pound M, Donnadieu Y, Farnsworth A, Frigola A, Gasson E, et al (2021). Simulating Miocene Warmth: Insights from an Opportunistic Multi-Model Ensemble (MioMIP1). Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 36(5). Abstract.
Steinthorsdottir M, Coxall HK, de Boer AM, Huber M, Barbolini N, Bradshaw CD, Burls NJ, Feakins SJ, Gasson E, Henderiks J, et al (2021). The Miocene: the Future of the Past. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 36(4).
DeConto RM, Pollard D, Alley RB, Velicogna I, Gasson E, Gomez N, Sadai S, Condron A, Gilford DM, Ashe EL, et al (2021). The Paris Climate Agreement and future sea-level rise from Antarctica. Nature, 593(7857), 83-89.
Colleoni F, De Santis L, Montoli E, Olivo E, Sorlien CC, Bart PJ, Gasson EGW, Bergamasco A, Sauli C, Wardell N, et al (2020). Author Correction: Past continental shelf evolution increased Antarctic ice sheet sensitivity to climatic conditions. Scientific Reports, 10(1).
Paxman GJG, Gasson EGW, Jamieson SSR, Bentley MJ, Ferraccioli F (2020). Long‐Term Increase in Antarctic Ice Sheet Vulnerability Driven by Bed Topography Evolution. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(20).
Gasson E, Keisling B (2020). The Antarctic Ice Sheet: a Paleoclimate Modeling Perspective. Oceanography, 33(2).
Levy RH, Meyers SR, Naish TR, Golledge NR, McKay RM, Crampton JS, DeConto RM, De Santis L, Florindo F, Gasson EGW, et al (2019). Antarctic ice-sheet sensitivity to obliquity forcing enhanced through ocean connections. Nature Geoscience, 12(2), 132-137.
Ely JC, Clark CD, Hindmarsh RCA, Hughes ALC, Greenwood SL, Bradley SL, Gasson E, Gregoire L, Gandy N, Stokes CR, et al (2019). Recent progress on combining geomorphological and geochronological data with ice sheet modelling, demonstrated using the last British–Irish Ice Sheet. Journal of Quaternary Science, 36(5), 946-960.
Paxman GJG, Jamieson SSR, Ferraccioli F, Bentley MJ, Ross N, Armadillo E, Gasson EGW, Leitchenkov G, DeConto RM (2018). Bedrock Erosion Surfaces Record Former East Antarctic Ice Sheet Extent. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(9), 4114-4123.
Gasson EGW, DeConto RM, Pollard D, Clark CD (2018). Numerical simulations of a kilometre-thick Arctic ice shelf consistent with ice grounding observations. Nature Communications, 9(1).
Colleoni F, De Santis L, Montoli E, Olivo E, Sorlien CC, Bart PJ, Gasson EGW, Bergamasco A, Sauli C, Wardell N, et al (2018). Past continental shelf evolution increased Antarctic ice sheet sensitivity to climatic conditions. Scientific Reports, 8(1).
Golledge NR, Thomas ZA, Levy RH, Gasson EGW, Naish TR, McKay RM, Kowalewski DE, Fogwill CJ (2017). Antarctic climate and ice-sheet configuration during the early Pliocene interglacial at 4.23 Ma. Climate of the Past, 13(7), 959-975. Abstract.
Lunt DJ, Huber M, Anagnostou E, Baatsen MLJ, Caballero R, DeConto R, Dijkstra HA, Donnadieu Y, Evans D, Feng R, et al (2017). The DeepMIP contribution to PMIP4: Experimental design for model simulations of the EECO, PETM, and pre-PETM (version 1.0). Geoscientific Model Development, 10(2), 889-901. Abstract.
Levy R, Harwood D, Florindo F, Sangiorgi F, Tripati R, von Eynatten H, Gasson E, Kuhn G, Tripati A, DeConto R, et al (2016). Antarctic ice sheet sensitivity to atmospheric CO. <sub>2</sub>. variations in the early to mid-Miocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(13), 3453-3458. Abstract.
Gasson E, DeConto RM, Pollard D, Levy RH (2016). Dynamic Antarctic ice sheet during the early to mid-Miocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(13), 3459-3464. Abstract.
Gasson E, DeConto RM, Pollard D (2016). Modeling the oxygen isotope composition of the Antarctic ice sheet and its significance to Pliocene sea level. Geology, 44(10), 827-830.
Gasson E, DeConto R, Pollard D (2015). Antarctic bedrock topography uncertainty and ice sheet stability. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(13), 5372-5377.
de Boer B, Dolan AM, Bernales J, Gasson E, Goelzer H, Golledge NR, Sutter J, Huybrechts P, Lohmann G, Rogozhina I, et al (2015). Simulating the Antarctic ice sheet in the late-Pliocene warm period: PLISMIP-ANT, an ice-sheet model intercomparison project. The Cryosphere, 9(3), 881-903. Abstract.
Golledge NR, Kowalewski DE, Naish TR, Levy RH, Fogwill CJ, Gasson EGW (2015). The multi-millennial Antarctic commitment to future sea-level rise. Nature, 526(7573), 421-425.
Stocchi P, Galeotti S, Ladant JB, Gasson E, DeConto RM, Pollard D, Rugenstein M, Vermeersen BLA, Brinkhuis H (2014). Implacement and fluctuations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet across the Eocene-Oligocene transition. Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana, 31, 211-212.
Gasson E, Lunt DJ, DeConto R, Goldner A, Heinemann M, Huber M, LeGrande AN, Pollard D, Sagoo N, Siddall M, et al (2014). Uncertainties in the modelled CO2 threshold for Antarctic glaciation. Climate of the Past, 10(2), 451-466. Abstract.
Little SH, Vance D, Siddall M, Gasson E (2013). A modeling assessment of the role of reversible scavenging in controlling oceanic dissolved Cu and Zn distributions. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 27(3), 780-791.
Gasson E, Siddall M, Lunt DJ, Rackham OJL, Lear CH, Pollard D (2012). Exploring uncertainties in the relationship between temperature, ice volume, and sea level over the past 50 million years. Reviews of Geophysics, 50(1).

Chapters

Galeotti S, Bijl P, Brinkuis H, DeConto RM, Escutia C, Florindo F, Gasson EGW, Francis J, Hutchinson D, Kennedy-Asser A, et al (2022). Chapter 7 the Eocene-Oligocene boundary climate transition: an Antarctic perspective. In  (Ed) Antarctic Climate Evolution, 297-361.
Naish TR, Duncan B, Levy R, McKay RM, Escutia C, De Santis L, Colleoni F, Gasson EGW, DeConto RM, Wilson G, et al (2022). Chapter 8 Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics during the Late Oligocene and Early Miocene: climatic conundrums revisited. In  (Ed) Antarctic Climate Evolution, 363-387.
Levy RH, Dolan AM, Escutia C, Gasson EGW, McKay RM, Naish T, Patterson MO, Pérez LF, Shevenell AE, van de Flierdt T, et al (2022). Chapter 9 Antarctic environmental change and ice sheet evolution through the Miocene to Pliocene – a perspective from the Ross Sea and George V to Wilkes Land Coasts. In  (Ed) Antarctic Climate Evolution, 389-521.

Publications by year


In Press

Burls NJ, Bradshaw C, De Boer AM, Herold N, Huber M, Pound M, Donnadieu Y, Farnsworth A, Frigola Boix A, Gasson EGW, et al (In Press). Simulating Miocene warmth: insights from an opportunistic Multi-Model ensemble (MioMIP1).

2022

Galeotti S, Bijl P, Brinkuis H, DeConto RM, Escutia C, Florindo F, Gasson EGW, Francis J, Hutchinson D, Kennedy-Asser A, et al (2022). Chapter 7 the Eocene-Oligocene boundary climate transition: an Antarctic perspective. In  (Ed) Antarctic Climate Evolution, 297-361.
Naish TR, Duncan B, Levy R, McKay RM, Escutia C, De Santis L, Colleoni F, Gasson EGW, DeConto RM, Wilson G, et al (2022). Chapter 8 Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics during the Late Oligocene and Early Miocene: climatic conundrums revisited. In  (Ed) Antarctic Climate Evolution, 363-387.
Levy RH, Dolan AM, Escutia C, Gasson EGW, McKay RM, Naish T, Patterson MO, Pérez LF, Shevenell AE, van de Flierdt T, et al (2022). Chapter 9 Antarctic environmental change and ice sheet evolution through the Miocene to Pliocene – a perspective from the Ross Sea and George V to Wilkes Land Coasts. In  (Ed) Antarctic Climate Evolution, 389-521.
Duncan B, McKay R, Levy R, Naish T, Prebble JG, Sangiorgi F, Krishnan S, Hoem F, Clowes C, Jones TD, et al (2022). Climatic and tectonic drivers of late Oligocene Antarctic ice volume. NATURE GEOSCIENCE, 15(10), 819-+. Author URL.
Clark CD, Ely JC, Hindmarsh RCA, Bradley S, Igneczi A, Fabel D, Cofaigh CO, Chiverrell RC, Scourse J, Benetti S, et al (2022). Growth and retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet, 31 000 to 15 000 years ago: the BRITICE-CHRONO reconstruction. BOREAS, 51(4), 699-758. Author URL.
Stap LB, Berends CJ, Scherrenberg MDW, van de Wal RSW, Gasson EGW (2022). Net effect of ice-sheet-atmosphere interactions reduces simulated transient Miocene Antarctic ice-sheet variability. CRYOSPHERE, 16(4), 1315-1332. Author URL.
Stoll HM, Cacho I, Gasson E, Sliwinski J, Kost O, Moreno A, Iglesias M, Torner J, Perez-Mejias C, Haghipour N, et al (2022). Rapid northern hemisphere ice sheet melting during the penultimate deglaciation. Nat Commun, 13(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Patterson MO, Levy RH, Kulhanek DK, van de Flierdt T, Horgan H, Dunbar GB, Naish TR, Ash J, Pyne A, Mandeno D, et al (2022). Sensitivity of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to +2 ∘C (SWAIS 2C). Scientific Drilling, 30, 101-112.

2021

Marschalek JW, Zurli L, Talarico F, van de Flierdt T, Vermeesch P, Carter A, Beny F, Bout-Roumazeilles V, Sangiorgi F, Hemming SR, et al (2021). A large West Antarctic Ice Sheet explains early Neogene sea-level amplitude. Nature, 600(7889), 450-455. Abstract.  Author URL.
Halberstadt ARW, Chorley H, Levy RH, Naish T, DeConto RM, Gasson E, Kowalewski DE (2021). CO2 and tectonic controls on Antarctic climate and ice-sheet evolution in the mid-Miocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 564, 116908-116908.
Stap LB, Berends CJ, Scherrenberg MDW, van de Wal RSW, Gasson EGW (2021). Competing influences of the ocean, atmosphere and solid earth on transient Miocene Antarctic ice sheet variability. , 2021, 1-32.
Ashley KE, McKay R, Etourneau J, Jimenez-Espejo FJ, Condron A, Albot A, Crosta X, Riesselman C, Seki O, Massé G, et al (2021). Mid-Holocene Antarctic sea-ice increase driven by marine ice sheet retreat. Climate of the Past, 17(1), 1-19. Abstract.
Burls NJ, Bradshaw CD, De Boer AM, Herold N, Huber M, Pound M, Donnadieu Y, Farnsworth A, Frigola A, Gasson E, et al (2021). Simulating Miocene Warmth: Insights from an Opportunistic Multi-Model Ensemble (MioMIP1). Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 36(5). Abstract.
Steinthorsdottir M, Coxall HK, de Boer AM, Huber M, Barbolini N, Bradshaw CD, Burls NJ, Feakins SJ, Gasson E, Henderiks J, et al (2021). The Miocene: the Future of the Past. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 36(4).
DeConto RM, Pollard D, Alley RB, Velicogna I, Gasson E, Gomez N, Sadai S, Condron A, Gilford DM, Ashe EL, et al (2021). The Paris Climate Agreement and future sea-level rise from Antarctica. Nature, 593(7857), 83-89.

2020

Colleoni F, De Santis L, Montoli E, Olivo E, Sorlien CC, Bart PJ, Gasson EGW, Bergamasco A, Sauli C, Wardell N, et al (2020). Author Correction: Past continental shelf evolution increased Antarctic ice sheet sensitivity to climatic conditions. Scientific Reports, 10(1).
Paxman GJG, Gasson EGW, Jamieson SSR, Bentley MJ, Ferraccioli F (2020). Long‐Term Increase in Antarctic Ice Sheet Vulnerability Driven by Bed Topography Evolution. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(20).
Ashley KE, Bendle JA, McKay R, Etourneau J, Jimenez-Espejo FJ, Condron A, Albot A, Crosta X, Riesselman C, Seki O, et al (2020). Mid-Holocene Antarctic sea-ice increase driven by marine ice sheet retreat. , 2020, 1-36.
Gasson E, Keisling B (2020). The Antarctic Ice Sheet: a Paleoclimate Modeling Perspective. Oceanography, 33(2).

2019

Levy RH, Meyers SR, Naish TR, Golledge NR, McKay RM, Crampton JS, DeConto RM, De Santis L, Florindo F, Gasson EGW, et al (2019). Antarctic ice-sheet sensitivity to obliquity forcing enhanced through ocean connections. Nature Geoscience, 12(2), 132-137.
Ely JC, Clark CD, Hindmarsh RCA, Hughes ALC, Greenwood SL, Bradley SL, Gasson E, Gregoire L, Gandy N, Stokes CR, et al (2019). Recent progress on combining geomorphological and geochronological data with ice sheet modelling, demonstrated using the last British–Irish Ice Sheet. Journal of Quaternary Science, 36(5), 946-960.

2018

Paxman GJG, Jamieson SSR, Ferraccioli F, Bentley MJ, Ross N, Armadillo E, Gasson EGW, Leitchenkov G, DeConto RM (2018). Bedrock Erosion Surfaces Record Former East Antarctic Ice Sheet Extent. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(9), 4114-4123.
Gasson EGW, DeConto RM, Pollard D, Clark CD (2018). Numerical simulations of a kilometre-thick Arctic ice shelf consistent with ice grounding observations. Nature Communications, 9(1).
Colleoni F, De Santis L, Montoli E, Olivo E, Sorlien CC, Bart PJ, Gasson EGW, Bergamasco A, Sauli C, Wardell N, et al (2018). Past continental shelf evolution increased Antarctic ice sheet sensitivity to climatic conditions. Scientific Reports, 8(1).

2017

Golledge NR, Thomas ZA, Levy RH, Gasson EGW, Naish TR, McKay RM, Kowalewski DE, Fogwill CJ (2017). Antarctic climate and ice-sheet configuration during the early Pliocene interglacial at 4.23 Ma. Climate of the Past, 13(7), 959-975. Abstract.
Lunt DJ, Huber M, Anagnostou E, Baatsen MLJ, Caballero R, DeConto R, Dijkstra HA, Donnadieu Y, Evans D, Feng R, et al (2017). The DeepMIP contribution to PMIP4: Experimental design for model simulations of the EECO, PETM, and pre-PETM (version 1.0). Geoscientific Model Development, 10(2), 889-901. Abstract.

2016

Golledge NR, Thomas ZA, Levy RH, Gasson EGW, Naish TR, McKay RM, Kowalewski DE, Fogwill CJ (2016). Antarctic climate and ice sheet configuration during a peak-warmth Early Pliocene interglacial. , 1-27.
Levy R, Harwood D, Florindo F, Sangiorgi F, Tripati R, von Eynatten H, Gasson E, Kuhn G, Tripati A, DeConto R, et al (2016). Antarctic ice sheet sensitivity to atmospheric CO. <sub>2</sub>. variations in the early to mid-Miocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(13), 3453-3458. Abstract.
Gasson E, DeConto RM, Pollard D, Levy RH (2016). Dynamic Antarctic ice sheet during the early to mid-Miocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(13), 3459-3464. Abstract.
Gasson E, DeConto RM, Pollard D (2016). Modeling the oxygen isotope composition of the Antarctic ice sheet and its significance to Pliocene sea level. Geology, 44(10), 827-830.

2015

Gasson E, DeConto R, Pollard D (2015). Antarctic bedrock topography uncertainty and ice sheet stability. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(13), 5372-5377.
de Boer B, Dolan AM, Bernales J, Gasson E, Goelzer H, Golledge NR, Sutter J, Huybrechts P, Lohmann G, Rogozhina I, et al (2015). Simulating the Antarctic ice sheet in the late-Pliocene warm period: PLISMIP-ANT, an ice-sheet model intercomparison project. The Cryosphere, 9(3), 881-903. Abstract.
Golledge NR, Kowalewski DE, Naish TR, Levy RH, Fogwill CJ, Gasson EGW (2015). The multi-millennial Antarctic commitment to future sea-level rise. Nature, 526(7573), 421-425.

2014

Stocchi P, Galeotti S, Ladant JB, Gasson E, DeConto RM, Pollard D, Rugenstein M, Vermeersen BLA, Brinkhuis H (2014). Implacement and fluctuations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet across the Eocene-Oligocene transition. Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana, 31, 211-212.
de Boer B, Dolan AM, Bernales J, Gasson E, Goelzer H, Golledge NR, Sutter J, Huybrechts P, Lohmann G, Rogozhina I, et al (2014). Simulating the Antarctic ice sheet in the Late-Pliocene warm period: PLISMIP-ANT, an ice-sheet model intercomparison project. , 8(6), 5539-5588.
Gasson E, Lunt DJ, DeConto R, Goldner A, Heinemann M, Huber M, LeGrande AN, Pollard D, Sagoo N, Siddall M, et al (2014). Uncertainties in the modelled CO2 threshold for Antarctic glaciation. Climate of the Past, 10(2), 451-466. Abstract.

2013

Little SH, Vance D, Siddall M, Gasson E (2013). A modeling assessment of the role of reversible scavenging in controlling oceanic dissolved Cu and Zn distributions. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 27(3), 780-791.
Gasson E, Lunt DJ, DeConto R, Goldner A, Heinemann M, Huber M, LeGrande AN, Pollard D, Sagoo N, Siddall M, et al (2013). Uncertainties in the modelled CO2 threshold for Antarctic glaciation. , 9(5), 5701-5745.

2012

Gasson E, Siddall M, Lunt DJ, Rackham OJL, Lear CH, Pollard D (2012). Exploring uncertainties in the relationship between temperature, ice volume, and sea level over the past 50 million years. Reviews of Geophysics, 50(1).

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