Ross Slater

Ross Slater


Twitter: @rossawslater 

I am a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of Earth and Environment, part of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science. I am funded by the Natural Environment Research Council through the SENSE Earth Observation CDT

My research focuses on ice sheet – ocean interactions in Antarctica, examining the effect of ocean forcing on ice discharge. I primarily use satellite based synthetic aperture radar imagery to examine changes in ice velocity, which is complemented by the use of sea temperature measurements and ice shelf models. By working in conjunction with the School of Computing I aim to combine this work with machine learning and other data science techniques to better understand the processes occurring at the ice – ocean interface, helping improve our estimates of future ice discharge and sea level rise.

I graduated with an Integrated Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Edinburgh in 2020, where I researched future extreme temperature climatology. Prior to beginning my PhD, I spent a year in the Earth observation sector working as a data scientist.

Research interests

  • Earth Observation
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • The Cryosphere
  • Glaciology
  • Antarctica
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Science


  • MPhys (Hons) Physics, University of Edinburgh

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science