Liam Taylor

Liam Taylor


I am a lecturer in Extended Reality and Digital Pedagogies, with a specialised interest in glaciology and remote sensing.

My work involves using, and developing, new and emerging technologies to enhance student education across the Geography Higher Education curriculum.

I have led virtual reality projects in schools across the UK to highlight the impact of climate change and inspire climate action in the classroom.

In glaciology, I use pioneering remote sensing techniques to monitor small glaciers in the tropical Andes and to develop new early warning systems to glacier-related hazards.

Research interests

My disciplinary research is focussed on identifying novel methods for monitoring mountain glaciers of the tropical Andes.

I am interested in how new satellites or processing techniques can acquire surface elevation change over very small glaciers in steep terrain which are most difficult to observe, in order to quantify their rate of thinning and recession.

I have also developed low-cost sensors, based around the Raspberry Pi computer, to monitor glacial calving and as a hazard warning system.

My pedagogical research is focussed on how extended reality technologies can enhance the Geographical teaching in Higher Education. I’m particularly interested in how digital approaches can be used to complement and enhance physical fieldtrips.

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  • MSc by Research Geography, University of Leeds
  • BSc Geography, University of Exeter

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

I teach across the Physical and Human Geography curriculums under the themes of climate change, environmental hazards, climate policy, digital skills, glaciology, and remote sensing.

I work closely with the curriculum redefined project to develop new approaches to teaching in Geography, particularly with extended reality technologies.

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management