Me (with Covid-19 hair!)

Professor Adrian Luckman

Chair, Geography

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295524

Email address

Research Links

Academic Office - 231
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Professor Adrian Luckman is a member of the Geography Department at Swansea University. 

D.Phil., Electronic Engineering, University of York, 1991;  BSc. (Hons) Electronic Engineering, University of York, 1987

Areas Of Expertise

  • Satellite Earth Observation
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Glaciology
  • Iceberg calving
  • Glacier dynamics
  • Glacier surges
  • Ice shelf stability

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Earth Observation
The Cryosphere


Ice in nature is beautiful, abundant, intriguing, ever changing, and fragile. It flows, fractures and behaves in a way which reflects both its crystalline structure, and its great volume. I satisfy my fascination for glaciers and ice sheets by monitoring them from space, using satellite imaging systems to study how they behave and how they are responding to climate change.

I specialize in the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) which uses microwave energy to acquire images regardless of cloud cover and polar night – a capability that is particularly valuable in the Arctic and Antarctic. My expertise is in using regularly acquired images to derive surface flow rates and dynamic change.

My work has encompassed the Himalayas, Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica, and I have been lucky enough to do fieldwork in all these regions.

My recent work has concentrated on the stability of ice shelves – the floating extensions of glaciers that fringe most of Antarctica, and iceberg calving – the process by which ice is lost to the ocean. Calving events range from small chunks falling from glaciers to huge episodes, such as the formation in 2017 of Iceberg A-68, one quarter the size of Wales.

For some examples of my work, please see my Wordpress page: