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.

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Students can book a 15 minute appointment here: Book time with Tom Holt [toh08] (Staff): Student appointment - 15 minutes 


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Level 1: Earth Surface Environments

Level 2: Physical Analysis of Natural Materials, Research Design and Fieldwork Skillls

Level 3: Sedimentary Environments

Plus contribution to tutorials and dissertation supervision.


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. 


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Peer Guide Coordinator (Academic Lead)

NSS Champion

Research Groups


Peacey, MW, Reynolds, JM, Holt, TO & Glasser, NF 2023, 'Glacier structure influence on Himalayan ice-front morphology', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 48, no. 9, pp. 1679-1700. 10.1002/esp.5576
Kamintzis, JE, Irvine-Fynn, T, Holt, T, Jones, JPP, Porter, PR, Jennings, SJA, Naegeli, K & Hubbard, B 2023, 'Morphology, flow dynamics and evolution of englacial conduits in cold ice', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 415-432. 10.1002/esp.5494
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, vol. 68, no. 271, pp. 927-945. 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, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 715-735. 10.1007/s11273-022-09856-6
Stevens, IT, Irvine-Fynn, TDL, Edwards, A, Mitchell, AC, Cook, JM, Porter, PR, Holt, TO, Huss, M, Fettweis, X, Moorman, BJ, Sattler, B & Hodson, AJ 2022, 'Spatially consistent microbial biomass and future cellular carbon release from melting Northern Hemisphere glacier surfaces', Communications Earth & Environment, vol. 3, no. 1, 275. 10.1038/s43247-022-00609-0
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