Dr Suzanne Bevan
Research Officer
Telephone: (01792) 602375
Room: Research Office - 229E
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

My research interests lie in using observations acquired by satellite-borne instruments to detect and monitor global environmental change. I work primarily on cryospheric change — on the glaciers of Greenland and the ice shelves of Antarctica. In these regions I make use of optical and microwave data to measure surface flow, surface elevation, and surface melt.

My current research, as a postdoc on the NERC funded MIDAS project, focusses on the stability of the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition to using remote sensing to observe the state of the ice shelf surface I have been involved in two fieldwork seasons to carry out geophysical investigations of the subsurface of the ice. Geophysical techniques included ground-penetrating radar and impact seismics, alongside colleagues using hot-water borehole drilling.

In addition to glaciology my research experience includes the retrieval and analysis of atmospheric aerosol concentrations from optical satellite data, and investigation of biospheric response, as measured by remotely sensed vegetation indices, to drought.


  1. & Decline in Surface Melt Duration on Larsen C Ice Shelf Revealed by The Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT). Earth and Space Science
  2. et. al. Intercomparison and Validation of SAR-Based Ice Velocity Measurement Techniques within the Greenland Ice Sheet CCI Project. Remote Sensing 10(6), 929
  3. & Intense Winter Surface Melt on an Antarctic Ice Shelf. Geophysical Research Letters 45(15), 7615-7623.
  4. & Centuries of intense surface melt on Larsen C Ice Shelf. The Cryosphere 11(6), 2743-2753.
  5. & The Impact of Föhn Winds on Surface Energy Balance During the 2010-2011 Melt Season Over Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 122(22), 12,062-12,076.
  6. & Observationally constrained surface mass balance of Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctica. The Cryosphere 11(6), 2411-2426.
  7. & Extensive Retreat of Greenland Tidewater Glaciers, 2000–2010. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 47(3), 427-447.
  8. & Observationally constrained surface mass balance of Larsen C IceShelf, Antarctica. The Cryosphere Discussions, 1-24.
  9. & Ice and firn heterogeneity within Larsen C Ice Shelf from borehole optical televiewing. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface
  10. & Centuries of intense surface melt on Larsen C Ice Shelf. The Cryosphere Discussions, 1-21.
  11. & Massive subsurface ice formed by refreezing of ice-shelf melt ponds. Nature Communications 7, 11897
  12. & Calving rates at tidewater glaciers vary strongly with ocean temperature. Nature Communications 6, 8566
  13. et. al. Evaluation of seven European aerosol optical depth retrieval algorithms for climate analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment
  14. & Seasonal dynamic thinning at Helheim Glacier. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 415, 47-53.
  15. & Remote sensing of glaciers. In Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere. -156).

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  • GEG206 Dangerous Earth: Understanding and Living with Natural Hazards

    This module investigates hazardous aspects of Earth¿s natural environment and how society relates to them. Introductory principles include the definition of natural hazard, disaster, risk and loss, and approaches to reducing risk and managing disasters. Major types of natural hazard are studied in order to understand how they operate, where, and how frequently they are likely to occur. Their hazardous consequences are explored, as well as how society can respond to hazardous events. Key aspects include consideration of the factors that turn natural hazards into disasters, how the hazardous nature of natural environmental agents can be predicted, forecast and monitored, and how their harmful effects can be minimised. The major natural hazards considered are volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, slope failures and high-magnitude-low-frequency events such as meteorite impacts. Lectures consider general principles as well as case studies. A project (50% of module assessment) comprises submission of an individual poster dealing with a specific event, and presentation of a short seminar as part of a group.

  • GEG266 Approaches to Physical Geography

    This module aims to introduce students to the history and philosophical approaches of Physical Geography and the range of alternative approaches characterizing the discipline. In addition to conveying the main approaches and their evolution, their implication in terms of research practice are given particular emphasis, including recent examples of `good¿ and `poor¿ science and of how research proposals are developed. The assessment will include a literature review and a multiple choice exam.

  • GEG268 Dissertation Preparation

    The module prepares students for their independent research dissertation through dissertation fairs, lectures and a series of tutorials focusing upon the formulation and construction of a research proposal. The module also includes three lectures which explore career opportunities for Geography graduates and skills to enhance graduate employability.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2007 Present Research officer, SOTEAS Swansea University
2007 2007 Laboratory technician, SOTEAS Swansea University
2007 2007 Part-time temporary lecturer, SOTEAS Swansea University
2003 2007 NERC PhD studentship Swansea University
1996 2003 Copy editor Royal Meteorological Society
1989 1992 HSO (Stream 1), Atmospheric chemistry The Meteorological Office
1987 1989 SO, Trials of surface-based instruments The Meteorological Office
1984 1987 Study leave to read Physics and Meteorology, Uni. of Readi The Meteorological Office
1983 1984 ASO, Trials of upper-air equipment The Meteorological Office

Research Groups

  • Glaciology Group

    A research group dedicated to furthering knowledge in the quantification of the past and future contribution from glaciers and ice sheets to sea-level rise; the processes driving the present rapid and dramatic changes observed in glaciers, and the instabilities inherent in glacial systems; and the record of palaeo-ice mass instabilities and the processes that drove these changes.