Dr Tom Slater

Dr Tom Slater


I am a Research Fellow in Earth Observation of the Polar Regions at the University of Leeds. I primarily use satellites to study the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, with a focus on satellite radar altimetry, which measures changes in ice height over time. I am also interested in quantifying the ice sheet contribution to the global sea level and understanding the human impacts of sea level rise. As well as studying the ice sheets themselves, I am interested in developing techniques in altimeter processing and validating satellite measurements.

Science Communication and Engagement

I enjoy both writing and speaking about my work and areas of expertise to all ages and audiences. Some examples of my writing for public audiences are listed below:

Research interests

  • Remote sensing of the cryosphere
  • Altimetry
  • Glaciology
  • Ice sheet contribution to sea level rise
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, 'Mapping Ice Sheet Elevation and Elevation Change Using CryoSat-2 Radar Altimetry'
  • MPhys Physics (Class I)
  • BSc (Hons) Physics (Class I)