Amy Swiggs

Amy Swiggs


I am a postgraduate researcher at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) within the Institute of Climate and Atmospheric Science, at the School of Earth and Environment. 

My research utilises altimetry measurements from CryoSat-2 and Sentinel-3A and -3B to investigate trends in Arctic sea ice thickness, exploring this alongside in-situ measurements, to understand the drivers of sea ice mass loss in the Arctic. I will focus on regional variations in ice thickness to investigate how these changes will impact climate, ecosystems and the economy, with the aim of improving future projections of sea ice loss and its implications. 

I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2021, where I studied MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change (2020-2021) and BSc Geography (2017-2020). My masters dissertation investigated the role of increasing volumes of glacial meltwater and sediment concentration and reductions in sea ice extent on the biogeochemical properties of coastal waters around the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Twitter: @amy_swiggs

Research interests

  • Satellite Earth Observation of the Cryosphere
  • Arctic sea ice thickness and extent
  • Altimetry
  • Glaciology
  • Arctic climate change


  • MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change (Distinction), University of Sheffield
  • BSc (Hons) Geography (First Class), University of Sheffield

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science