Dr Tom Holt

BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth MSc (Hons) in Glaciology in 2006, UWA PhD from Aberystwyth University, 2008-2012

Dr Tom Holt

Senior Lecturer

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

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Dr. Tom Holt is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, specialising in glaciology and remote sensing. His research focuses on the use of optical, radar and microwave imagery and data to quantify changes in the cryosphere.


Module Coordinator

GS10520 Earth Surface Environment

GS22010 Physical Analysis of Natural Materials

GS32120 Sedimentary Environments

Plus contribution to tutorials, dissertation supervision and fieldwork module


Tom is a remote-sensing glaciologist with an interest in how glaciers and ice sheets have responded to environmental change. He uses data acquired by satellites, aircrafts and drones to quantify ice-mass extent, structural evolution, debris-cover changes and glacier dynamics. He has published works relating to glacial changes in Antarctica, Greenland, the High-Arctic (Russia, Svalbard, Canada), the European Alps and Patagonia. Current research projects continue his long-standing interests in Antarctic Ice Shelf disintegration, as well as long-term changes to glacier systems in the Swiss Alps, the structural controls on Himalayan glacier recession, and the reconstruction of Earth's former ice sheets from landform evidence. 


Geography Programme Coordinator 

Peer Guide Coordinator (Academic Lead)

NSS Champion

Research Groups

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 13:00-15:00
  • Thursday 13:00-15:00


Holt, T & Glasser, NF 2022, 'Changes in area, flow speed and structure of southwest Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves in the 21st century', Journal of Glaciology. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2022.7, https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2022.7
Thomas, A, Tooth, S, Lan, S, Holt, T, Saunders, I & Tarren, H 2022, 'Soil properties across a hydrological gradient in saladas from northeast Spain: What are the implications for soil carbon stocks, CO2 efflux and microbial communities in a warming world?', Wetlands Ecology and Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-022-09856-6, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-022-09856-6
Irvine-Fynn, TDL, Holt, TO, James, TD, Smith, MW, Rutter, N, Porter, PR & Hodson, AJ 2022, 'Time‐lapse photogrammetry reveals hydrological controls of fine‐scale High‐Arctic glacier surface roughness evolution', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 47, no. 6, pp. 1635-1652. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5339, https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5339
Hepburn, AJ, Ng, FSL, Holt, TO & Hubbard, B 2020, 'Late Amazonian Ice Survival in Kasei Valles, Mars', Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, vol. 125, no. 11, e2020JE006531. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JE006531
Glasser, N, Roman, M, Holt, T, Zebre, M, Patton, H & Hubbard, A 2020, 'Modification of bedrock surfaces by glacial abrasion and quarrying: Evidence from North Wales', Geomorphology, vol. 365, 107283. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107283
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