Sally Wilson

Sally Wilson


Twitter: @sallyy_wilson

I am a PhD student based at the University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment, within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science. My PhD research uses SAR images from satellites such as Sentinel-1, together with machine learning techniques, to study ice velocity in Antarctica. With this work I aim to contribute to a better understanding of ice sheet contributions to global sea level rise, and to aid low-lying communities by improving future sea level projections. I am funded by the NERC Panorama DTP, I am also lucky to be supported with additional training via the SENSE Earth Observation CDT. From October 2022 I will be working with the Alan Turing Institute on the PhD Enrichment Scheme.

I graduated from University College London in 2019 with an MSci in Geophysics, where my masters project used CryoSat-2 satellite radar altimetry for studying dynamic ocean topography in the Southern Ocean. After graduating I followed my interest in environmental remote sensing research through an industry route, using optical images from ESA’s Sentinel-3 satellite mission to develop the use of satellite data for near real-time air pollution monitoring. I am passionate about monitoring and predicting environmental change to facilitate a more sustainable future on Earth, and communicating science with the public in innovative, accessible ways.

Conference Presentations

  • ESA Living Planet Symposium 2022 (poster): Observations of Ice Velocity on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet with Sentinel-1


  • I helped to organise and run a stall at the University of Leeds Be Curious 2022 open event, communicating Satellite Ice Dynamics research to young families and engaging with the public at all ages.

Student Education

  • Exploration Geophysics

Research interests

  • Earth Observation Remote Sensing
  • The Cryosphere
  • Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Climate Change
  • Geophysical Field Techniques


  • MSci Geophysics, University College London

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science