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. Bevan, S., Luckman, A., Hubbard, B., Kulessa, B., Ashmore, D., Munneke, P., O'Leary, M., Booth, A., Sevestre, H., McGrath, D. Centuries of intense surface melt on Larsen C Ice Shelf The Cryosphere 11 6 2743 2753
  2. Murray, T., Scharrer, K., Selmes, N., Booth, A., James, T., Bevan, S., Bradley, J., Cook, S., Llana, L., Drocourt, Y., Dyke, L., Goldsack, A., Hughes, A., Luckman, A., McGovern, J., Luckman, A., Murray, T., Bevan, S. Extensive Retreat of Greenland Tidewater Glaciers, 2000–2010 Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 47 3 427 447
  3. Kuipers Munneke, P., McGrath, D., Medley, B., Luckman, A., Bevan, S., Kulessa, B., Jansen, D., Booth, A., Smeets, P., Hubbard, B., Ashmore, D., Van den Broeke, M., Sevestre, H., Steffen, K., Shepherd, A., Gourmelen, N. Observationally constrained surface mass balance of Larsen C IceShelf, Antarctica The Cryosphere Discussions 1 24
  4. Bevan, S., Luckman, A., Hubbard, B., Kulessa, B., Ashmore, D., Munneke, P., O'Leary, M., Booth, A., Sevestre, H., McGrath, D. Centuries of intense surface melt on Larsen C Ice Shelf The Cryosphere Discussions 1 21
  5. de Leeuw, G., Holzer-Popp, T., Bevan, S., Davies, W., Descloitres, J., Grainger, R., Griesfeller, J., Heckel, A., Kinne, S., Klüser, L., Kolmonen, P., Litvinov, P., Martynenko, D., North, P., Ovigneur, B., Pascal, N., Poulsen, C., Ramon, D., Schulz, M., Siddans, R., Sogacheva, L., Tanré, D., Thomas, G., Virtanen, T., von Hoyningen Huene, W., Vountas, M., Pinnock, S. Evaluation of seven European aerosol optical depth retrieval algorithms for climate analysis Remote Sensing of Environment
  6. Bevan, S., Luckman, A., Khan, S., Murray, T. Seasonal dynamic thinning at Helheim Glacier Earth and Planetary Science Letters 415 47 53
  7. Raup, B., Andreassen, L., Bolch, T., Bevan, S. Remote sensing of glaciers (Ed.), Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere 156
  8. Paul, F., Bolch, T., Kääb, A., Nagler, T., Nuth, C., Scharrer, K., Shepherd, A., Strozzi, T., Ticconi, F., Bhambri, R., Berthier, E., Bevan, S., Gourmelen, N., Heid, T., Jeong, S., Kunz, M., Lauknes, T., Luckman, A., Merryman Boncori, J., Moholdt, G., Muir, A., Neelmeijer, J., Rankl, M., VanLooy, J., Van Niel, T. The glaciers climate change initiative: Methods for creating glacier area, elevation change and velocity products Remote Sensing of Environment 162 408 426
  9. Bevan, S., Los, S., North, P., North, P., Los, S., Bevan, S. Response of vegetation to the 2003 European drought was mitigated by height Biogeosciences 11 11 2897 2908
  10. Inall, M., Murray, T., Cottier, F., Scharrer, K., Boyd, T., Heywood, K., Bevan, S. Oceanic heat delivery via Kangerdlugssuaq Fjord to the south-east Greenland ice sheet Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 119 2 631 645
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  12. Carboni, E., Thomas, G., Sayer, A., Siddans, R., Poulsen, C., Grainger, R., Ahn, C., Antoine, D., Bevan, S., Braak, R., Brindley, H., DeSouza-Machado, S., Deuzé, J., Diner, D., Ducos, F., Grey, W., Hsu, C., Kalashnikova, O., Kahn, R., North, P., Salustro, C., Smith, A., Tanré, D., Torres, O., Veihelmann, B., North, P., Bevan, S. Intercomparison of desert dust optical depth from satellite measurements Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 5 8 1973 2002
  13. Bevan, S., Luckman, A., Murray, T., Bevan, S. Glacier dynamics over the last quarter of a century at Helheim, Kangerdlugssuaq and 14 other major Greenland outlet glaciers The Cryosphere Discussions 6 3 1672
  14. Bevan, S. Why the Amazon should quit smoking. Planet Earth Winter 17
  15. Bevan, S., North, P., Grey, W., Los, S., Plummer, S. Impact of atmospheric aerosol from biomass burning on Amazon dry-season drought Journal of Geophysical Research 114 D9 n/a

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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.