Dr Tom Slater

Dr Tom Slater


I am a Research Fellow in land ice altimetry at the University of Leeds, working in the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling. I primarily use satellites to study the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, with a focus on satellite radar altimetry, which maps changes in ice height over time. I am also interested in measuring the ice sheet contribution to the mean 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)

Professional memberships

  • European Geophysical Union (EGU)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)