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Tom Chudley

Tom Chudley

PhD Candidate (NERC-funded)

Tom's research uses UAV technology to explore interactions between surface melt and subglacial processes on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Biography

Qualifications

  • 2016 - Present: PhD in Polar Studies. Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (Downing College), UK. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
  • 2015 - 2016: MPhil (Distinction) in Polar Studies. Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (Downing College), UK. Thesis: Glacier surging in the West Kunlun Shan. Funded by the Newton Trust and Downing College.
  • 2012 - 2015: BA (Hons.) (First Class) in Geography. University of Cambridge (Downing College), UK. Thesis: A multitemporal analysis of glaciers in the Ladakh Range, India.

Selected awards and grants

  • PhD Studentship (2016), Cambridge Earth System Science Doctoral Training Partnership, National Environmental Research Council, ~£86,000.
  • Honorary Vice Chancellor's Award (2016), Cambridge Trust.
  • Newton College Master's Studentship (2015), Cambridge Trust, ~£12,000.
  • John Whitworth Master's Studentship (2015), Downing College, Cambridge, ~£4,000.
  • Foundation Scholar (2015), Downing College, Cambridge.
  • Phillip Lake Award (2015), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • Andrew Hall Prize (2013), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

Research

My current research, funded by a studentship from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to assess the impact of surface meltwater inputs to the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet on short (daily-weekly) timescales. My field site is Store Glacier, a marine-terminating outlet glacier in Western Greenland, where UAVs - in combination with Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry and supported by satellite observations - allow changes in glacier dynamics to be observed at high spatial and temporal resolutions. This project is part of the larger ERC-funded RESPONDER project.

UAV launching on the Greenland Ice Sheet (photo: Poul Christoffersen)

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Chudley, T. R., and Willis, I. C. (in press). Glacier surges in the north-west West Kunlun Shan inferred from 1972–2017 Landsat imagery. Journal of Glaciology.
  • Chudley, T. R., Miles, E. S., and Willis, I. C. (2017). Glacier characteristics and retreat between 1991 and 2014 in the Ladakh Range, Jammu and Kashmir. Remote Sensing Letters, 8(6), 518-527. 10.1080/2150704X.2017.1295480

Conference contributions

  • Chudley, T. R., Christoffersen, P., Abellan, A., Doyle, S. H., Snooke, N. (2018). Reducing GCP dependency in UAV Structure from Motion photogrammetry using differential carrier-phase GPS: applications for studying Greenland Ice Sheet dynamics [poster]. Geophysical Research Abstracts (European Geosciences Union General Assembly), 20, abstract no. EGU2018-638.​
  • Abellan, A., Christoffersen, P., Chudley, T. R., Doyle, S. H., Riquelme, A., and Tomas, R. (2018). Investigating glacier dynamics using 3D point clouds [oral]. Geophysical Research Abstracts (European Geosciences Union General Assembly), 20, abstract no. EGU2018-18575-2.​
  • Chudley, T. R., Abellan, A., Doyle, S. H., Snooke, N., Christoffersen, P. (2017). Short-term dynamics of the inland Greenland Ice Sheet assessed using UAV-SfM [poster]. International Glaciological Society British Branch Meeting, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.
  • Chudley, T. R., and Willis, I. C. (2017). Synchronous glacier surge events observed in the West Kunlun Shan, Xinjiang, China [poster]. Geophysical Research Abstracts (European Geosciences Union General Assembly), 19, abstract no. EGU2017-908.
  • Chudley, T. R., Miles, E. S., and Willis, I. C. (2016). Monsoon-influenced glacier retreat in the Ladakh Range, Jammu and Kashmir [poster]. Geophysical Research Abstracts (European Geosciences Union General Assembly), 18, abstract no. EGU2016-166.

Teaching

  • Supervisor (2018 - Present), Geographical Tripos Part IA Physical Geography: Environmental Change during the Quaternary
  • Supervisor (2017 - Present), Geographical Tripos Part IA Physical Geography: The Cryosphere
  • Supervisor (2017 - Present), Geographical Tripos Part IB Glacial Processes: Surging Glaciers
  • Demonstrator (2017 - Present), Geographical Tripos Part IA Geographical Skills and Methods: Cartography and GIS

External activities

  • Session Leader (2016 - Present) - Postgraduate Outreach Scheme, Cambridge Admissions Office
  • Various outreach activities (2015 - Present) - The Polar Museum
  • Vice-President (2016 - 2017) - Downing College MCR Committee