Liam Taylor

Liam Taylor

Profile

Mass loss from alpine glaciers contributes to sea-level rise, water scarcity in alpine communities, and geomorphic hazards. Projections indicate that, as Earth’s climate warms during the next century, mass loss from glaciers will increase. In the tropical Andes alone, almost 4 million people rely on glaciers for water supply during drought. As a result, accurate predictions of how alpine glaciers are responding to warming are essential, yet there still remains significant uncertainty in existing projections. The launch of a new satellite, Sentinel-3, opens up the opportunity to explore the potential for high resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) altimetry in mountain glaciers. Alongisde SAR-based research, this project will also explore the potential for using unmanned aerial vehicales (UAVs) to monitor glacier dynamics, using structure-from-motion techniques as a cheap and viable remote sensing technique. 

Funding

NERC Spheres DTP

Research interests

  • Impacts of climate change on the cryosphere
  • Glacier and ice sheet monitoring
  • Remote Sensing 
  • GIS
  • Climate Change education  

Personal Blog

https://awildgeographer.wordpress.com/

Qualifications

  • BSc Geography, University of Exeter

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management
  • Ecology and Global Change