Tom Holt

Dr, BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth MSc (Hons) in Glaciology in 2006, UWA PhD from Aberystwyth University, 2008-2012

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Dr. Tom Holt is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, specialising in glaciology and remote sensing. His research focuses on the use of optical, radar and microwave imagery and data to quantify changes in the cryosphere.


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Geography Programme Coordinator 

Peer Guide Coordinator (Academic Lead)

NSS Champion


Level 1: Earth Surface Environments

Level 2: Physical Analysis of Natural Materials, Research Design and Fieldwork Skillls

Level 3: Sedimentary Environments

Plus contribution to tutorials and dissertation supervision.

Research interests

Tom is a remote-sensing glaciologist with an interest in how glaciers and ice sheets have responded to environmental change. He uses data acquired by satellites, aircrafts and drones to quantify ice-mass extent, structural evolution, debris-cover changes and glacier dynamics. He has published works relating to glacial changes in Antarctica, Greenland, the High-Arctic (Russia, Svalbard, Canada), the European Alps and Patagonia. Current research projects continue his long-standing interests in Antarctic Ice Shelf disintegration, as well as long-term changes to glacier systems in the Swiss Alps, the structural controls on Himalayan glacier recession, and the reconstruction of Earth's former ice sheets from landform evidence. 

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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