Department of Geography
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Department of Geography
Geography and Planning Building
I joined the department as an undergraduate physical geography student in 2014, and soon developed a keen interest in glaciology. I stayed in Sheffield to complete an MSc course in Polar & Alpine Change, during which I investigated the extent to which surface meltwater influence ice velocities at five outlet glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula. This project then lead directly on to my PhD work, where I am studying the occurrence and impact of surface meltwater across the entire Antarctic Ice Sheet.
My research uses remote sensing datasets to investigate surface hydrological and ice dynamic processes at an ice sheet scale. I am particularly interested in the Antarctic Ice Sheet, and how it may respond to future changes in climate. I enjoy conducting fieldwork in a variety of geographical contexts, and have conducted fieldwork in locations including west Greenland, New Zealand and California.
Investigating the impact of surface melt on the Antarctic Ice Sheet
The Antarctic Ice Sheet holds enough freshwater to raise global sea level by approximately 58 metres. Predictions of the future contribution to sea level rise from ice sheets have a large uncertainty, hindering our ability to plan for future increases in sea level.
Atmospheric warming has resulted in increased melting in parts of Antarctica, and surface meltwater is widespread around the margin of the continent. Surface meltwater has the potential to influence ice dynamic processes in several ways, yet it is unknown whether melt-induced changes will accelerate, stabilize or have a negligible effect upon future ice losses.
This project uses remote sensing techniques to investigate the temporal and spatial evolution of meltwater across Antarctica, and the influence that this has on ice motion. This will improve our understanding of meltwater-ice interactions in Antarctica to reduce uncertainty in predicting sea level rise.
2017-2018, MSc (Res) Polar & Alpine Change, The University of Sheffield
- Reply to: “Impact of marine processes on flow dynamics of northern Antarctic Peninsula outlet glaciers” by Rott et al.. Nature Communications, 11(1). View this article in WRRO
- Rapid accelerations of Antarctic Peninsula outlet glaciers driven by surface melt. Nature Communications, 10. View this article in WRRO
- Automated mapping of the seasonal evolution of surface meltwater and its links to climate on the Amery Ice Shelf, Antarctica.
- Teaching activities
MSc International Development, GIS and Adobe Illustrator workshop (2021)
GEO118 Geographical Skills, Methods and Techniques (2021)
GEO275 Geographical Data in the World (graduate teaching assistant, 2019)
- Professional activities
Grants and Awards:
University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences University Post Graduate Research Committee (UPGRC) Scholarship, 2019-2022
University of Sheffield Alumni Foundation Grant (£500), 2018 (Joint)
Winner of the Alice Garnett Prize for best BSc Geography dissertation, 2017
Nominated for the Alfred Steers Dissertation Prize for best undergraduate dissertation in a UK geography department, 2017
Tuckett, P., Ely, J., Sole, A., Livingstone, S., & Lea, J. (2021). Continent-wide bimonthly mapping of Antarctic surface meltwater using Google Earth Engine (No. EGU21-7431). Copernicus Meetings.
Tuckett, P., Ely, J., Sole, A. J., Livingstone, S. J., & Lea, J. (2020). Continent-wide bimonthly mapping of Antarctic supraglacial lakes using Google Earth Engine. In AGU Fall Meeting 2020. AGU.