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Andrew Shepherd

Professor Andrew Shepherd

Research Fellow


University of Leeds

Research summary

I am Professor of Earth Observation in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. I am also Director of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, Principal Scientific Advisor to the European Space Agency CryoSat-2 satellite mission, and a member of NERC Science Board. I was a contributing author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and I founded and lead the ESA-NASA Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise – the first community assessment of ice loss from Antarctica and Greenland and the consequent sea level contribution. I was educated at the University of Leicester, where I gained B.Sc. in Astrophysics and Ph.D. in Physics. I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at University College London in 1998, a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge in 2002, a Reader at the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and I have been a Professor at the University of Leeds since 2009 and at University College London since 2013. My field of expertise is satellite remote sensing of the cryosphere, with a particular emphasis on the quantitative techniques of radar interferometry and radar altimetry. I have also worked on studies of land degradation using satellite infrared radiometry and models of atmospheric radiative transfer, and I have led satellite validation campaigns in Europe, Africa, and Antarctica.. Since 2002 I have been an investigator on over 30 separate research grants from a wide range of sponsors, with a total value in excess of £20 million. I am currently involved in 11 active research grants, including the NERC Ice Sheet Stability Research consortium and the ESA Ice Sheets Climate Change Initiative which I lead.. In 2008 I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for research excellence in the field of climate change, and in 2014 I was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for my work to establish the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Improved assessment of the polar ice sheet contribution to global sea level rise

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: May 2014 - Apr 2019

Value: £50,000

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