Trystan Surawy-Stepney

Trystan Surawy-Stepney


I am a PhD student based in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.


I study the Antarctic Ice Sheet, with a focus on understanding the role of brittle fracture processes in its evolution. To do so, I use remote sensing data (particularly SAR) in combination with deep learning and numerical modelling.

I studied undergraduate physics at the University of Oxford before moving to the University of Nottingham, from which I graduated with an MSc in mathematics and theoretical physics.

Research interests

  • Earth Observation
  • Antarctica & Greenland
  • The Cryosphere
  • Glaciology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science
  • SAR Data
  • Ice Speed
  • Mass Balance 
  • Sentinel-1


  • BA, Physics, University of Oxford
  • MSc, Mathematical Physics, University of Nottingham

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science