Benjamin Wallis

Benjamin Wallis


Twitter @benjjwallis

I am a PhD student in the School of Earth and Environment and the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science funded by the NERC Panorama DTP

I graduated in 2017 with MPhys Physics from the University of Oxford, where I specialised in Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Physics. Prior to commencing my PhD I worked for three years in the  S&T sector, primarily working on maritime science and remote sensing.  

In my research I work collaboratively between the School of Computing and the School of Earth and Environment to develop applications of AI and machine learning techniques to Earth observation glaciology. By applying these methods to synthetic aperture radar and other satellite datasets I aim to improve measurements of ice velocity and mass balance, informing predictions of sea-level rises and the climate impact of a changing cryosphere. 

Recently my work has been focused on studying glaciological evolution of the Antarctic Peninsula in the last decade. I am particularly interested in studying ice dynamics in this region with the finest spatial and temporal resolution that modern remote sensing techniques provide.


Research interests

  • Earth Observation
  • AI, Machine Learning and Data Science
  • The Cryosphere
  • Glaciology
  • Mass Balance and Ice Velocity
  • Syntheic Aperture Radar


  • MPhys, Physics, University of Oxford

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science