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PhD Project Supervisors: We have over 100 potential principal supervisors from across the University of Leeds, University of Edinburgh, National Oceanography Centre, and British Antarctic Survey. Proposed PhD projects and supervisory teams are listed on the Projects page.

Get in touch with a supervisor in your area of interest at any of these institutions now, to discuss project ideas and to get advice on how to apply for a PhD.


Students who started in October 2020:

We have 17 students starting in October 2020, who are based at University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, BAS and NOC. All projects have a strong Earth Observation focus, and are on a range of topics.

Topics of PhD studentships starting in 2020:

Samuel Bancroft

University of Leeds

Developing a new methodology for assessing future food production based on machine learning, remote sensing and crop models



Principal supervisor:
Andy Challinor

Co-supervisors:
Netta Cohen,
Anthony Cohn

CASE partner:
Unilever

Jacob Connolly

University of Leeds

Hazard monitoring from Space: Next generation InSAR time series analysis



Princial Supervisor:
Andy Hooper

Co-supervisors:
David Bekaert,
Stuart King,
Tim Wright

CASE partner:
SatSense

Benjamin Cox

University of Edinburgh

Sequential Bayesian inference for spatio-temporal probabilistic models of changes in global vegetation and ocean properties using Earth Observation data


Principal Supervisor:
Víctor Elvira

Co-supervisors:
Christine Gommenginger,
Francisco Mir Calafat,
Lorna Street

Emily Dowd

University of Leeds

Detection and quantification of local methane sources using novel high-resolution satellite data


Principal Supervisor:
Chris Wilson

Co-supervisors:
Emmanuel Gloor,
Martyn Chipperfield, Ruth Doherty

CASE partner:
MetOffice

Sophie Durston

National Oceanography Centre/University of Leeds

Causes and solutions for the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt


Principal Supervisor:
Judith Wolf

Co-supervisors:
Christine Gommenginger,
Daniel Grosvenor,
Ken Carslaw

CASE partner:
Pixalytics

Morag Fotheringham

University of Edinburgh

Ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions in the Arctic


Principal Supervisor:
Noel Gourmelen

Co-supervisors:
Eleanor Frajka-Williams,
Michel Tsamados


CASE partner:
Earthwave

Bryony Freer

British Antarctic Survey/University of Leeds

Antarctic Grounding Line Migration from ICESat-2 Altimetry



Principal Supervisor:
Oliver Marsh

Co-supervisors:
Anna Hogg,
Helen Fricker

CASE partner:
isardSAT

Calum Hoad

University of Edinburgh

Arctic Greening Across Scales



Principal Supervisor:
Isla Myers-Smith

Co-supervisor:
Jeffrey Kerby

Nick Homer

University of Edinburgh

Image processing and machine learning applied to Earth Observation of the cryosphere


Principal Supervisor:
Rob Bingham

Co-supervisors:
Hamish Pritchard,
Noel Gourmelen

Phoebe Hudson

National Oceanography Centre/University of Edinburgh

Changing Arctic: Estimation of freshwater changes over the full Arctic basin including land and ocean from satellite observations


Principal Supervisor:
Adrien Martin

Co-supervisors:
Simon Josey,
Athanasios Angeloudis,
Alice Marzocchi

CASE partner:
Spire

Rebecca Kelly

University of Leeds

Improved understanding of Arctic atmospheric composition and climate through exploitation of satellite observations


Principal Supervisor:
Steve Arnold

Co-supervisors:
Anna Jones,
Richard Pope

CASE partner:
MetOffice

Eszter Kovacs

University of Leeds

Using satellite data to understand the influence of marine biogenic activity on high latitude clouds and climate



Principal Supervisor:
Dan Grosvenor

Co-supervisors:
Jane Mulcahy,
Ken Carslaw,
Tom Lachlan-Cope

CASE partner:
MetOffice

Maximillian Lowe

British Antarctic Survey/University of Edinburgh

Unveiling the 4D variability in the lithospheric cradle of the Antarctic ice sheet


Principal Supervisor:
Fausto Ferraccioli

Co-supervisors:
Dan Goldberg,
Robert Larter,
Chris Green,
Jörg Ebbing

Amber Turton

University of Edinburgh

Using satellite data to improve mapping of stem density and forest carbon for sustainable forest management


Principal Supervisor:
Nicole Augustin

Co-supervisor:
Ed Mitchard

Megan Udy

University of Leeds

Satellite detection of volcanic eruption impacts on forests



Principal Supervisor:
Susanna Ebmeier

Co-supervisors:
Iain Woodhouse,
Sebastian Watt

Lucy Wells

University of Edinburgh

The response of savannas and dry forests to global change: disentangling the effects of climate change, land use and changing CO2 using radar remote sensing and fieldwork


Principal Supervisor:
Casey Ryan

Co-supervisor:
Kyle Dexter

Solomon White

University of Edinburgh

High-resolution multispectral estimation of sea surface salinity and temperature in coastal areas



Principal Supervisor:
Encarni Medina-Lopez

Co-supervisors:
Adrien Martin,
Tiago Silva,
Laurent Amoudry

CASE partner:
CEFAS


Students starting in October 2021:

Ashar Aslam

University of Leeds

Severe weather over Southeast Asia



Principal supervisor:
Juliane Schwendike

Co-supervisors:
Cathryn Birch, Massimo Bollasina, Paul Barrett,
Simon Peatman

CASE partner:
MetOffice

Philipp Barthelme

University of Edinburgh

Impact of humanitarian mine clearances on tropical forest carbon storage


Principal supervisors:
Gary Watmough

Co-supervisors:
Dominick Spracklen,
Doug Weir,
Eoghan Darbyshire,
Iain Woodhouse

CASE partner:
CEOBS


Reza Bordbari

University of Leeds

Measuring Antarctic uplift due to ice loss, from space


Princial Supervisor:
Andy Hooper

Co-supervisors:
Alex Brisbourne,
Grace Nield,
Pippa Whitehouse

Penny Clarke

British Antarctic Survey/University of Edinburgh

Using remote sensing tools to study ocean health and whale strandings


Principal Supervisor:
Jennifer Jackson

Co-supervisors:
Carlos Olavarría,
Dr Encarni Medina-Lopez ,
Gwawr Jones,
Karen Stockin,
Peter Fretwell

Jennifer Cocks

National Oceanography Centre/University of Leeds




Principal Supervisor:
Alice Marzocchi

Co-supervisors:
Alberto Naveira Garabato,
Andrew Meijers,
Anna Hogg,
Onno Bokhove,
Rachel Tilling,
Steven Tobias

CASE partner:
Pixalytics

Tara Cunningham

University of Edinburgh

Using high resolution satellite data, AI, and Bayesian methods to quantify changes in penguin populations


Principal Supervisor:
Stuart King

Co-supervisors:
Norman Ratcliffe , Ruth King , Peter Fretwell, Murray Collins

Samuel Fielding

University of Edinburgh

Real-time Space Weather forecasting using satellite data and machine learning


Princial Supervisor:
Kathy Whaler

Co-supervisors:
Ciaran Beggan,
Gemma Richardson,
Phil Livermore,
Sohan Seth

Edward Holt

University of Edinburgh

Investigating the potential for catastrophic collapse of Greenland’s ‘land’-terminating glacier margins


Primary Supervisor: Encarni Medina Lopez / Peter Nienow

Co-supervisors:
Andrew Sole,
Anna Hogg,
Daniel Goldberg,
Malcolm McMillan,
Ruth Mottram

Jamie Izzard

University of Leeds

Seasonal flow variability as an indicator of mountain glacier basal conditions


Primary Supervisor:
Duncan Quincey

Co-supervisors:
Noel Gourmelen,
Francesca Pellicciotti,
John Elliott

Jessica Payne

University of Leeds

Falling Basins: revealing hidden faults from patterns of land subsidence from water extraction using Earth Observation data


Primary Supervisor:
John Elliott

Co-supervisors:
Kate Crowley,
Mark Thomas

Emma Sands

University of Edinburgh

How does land use impact on global air quality and climate: a combined satellite and model study


Primary Supervisor:
Ruth Doherty

Co-supervisors:
Chris Wilson,
Fiona O’Connor,
Richard Pope

CASE partner:
MetOffice

Daniel Sefton

University of Leeds

Detecting and modelling transient crustal deformation using Sentinel-1 InSAR and Machine Learning


Primary Supervisor:
Tim Wright

Co-supervisors:
Gordon Ross,
Laura Gregory, Susanna Ebmeier

Ross Slater

University of Leeds

Ice Sheet – ocean interactions: Using satellite data to understand ice dynamic change


Primary supervisor:
Anna Hogg

Co-supervisors:
Adrian Jenkins,
He Wang,
Pierre Dutrieux

Joseph Smith

University of Leeds

Development of Novel Convection Nowcasting Techniques for Southeast Asia


Primary Supervisor:
Cathryn Birch

Co-supervisors:
Jennifer Fletcher,
John Marsham,
Massimo Bollasina

CASE partner:
(potential) MetOffice

Charlotte Walshaw

University of Edinburgh

Faster, greener, and more competitive? How will vegetation alter in a changing Antarctic?


Primary Supervisor:
Claudia Colesie

Co-supervisors:
Andrew Gray,
Kevin Newsham, Peter Convey