Dr Rachel Tilling

Dr Rachel Tilling


Rachel is an Academic Research Fellow based at the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM), specialising in satellite observations of the Polar regions. Her  research focuses on using radar altimetry to monitor changes in the global sea ice cover.

Rachel’s research has taken her on expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic with the European Space Agency (ESA) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS), where she investigates ground-based radar measurements over sea ice for satellite validation. Her publications have earned her the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) and Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Early Career awards, and Women in Aeropsace Europe (WIA-E) Young Professional award, for her work on quantifying global sea ice volume changes.

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  • 2012-2016: PhD Polar Remote Sensing, University College London
  • 2011-2012: MSc Physical Oceanography, University of Southampton
  • 2008-2011: BSc Physics, University of Bristol

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science