Dr Philip Porter

Dr Philip Porter is a glacier scientist and, for several decades, he has led and participated in numerous scientific expeditions to some of the last true wilderness areas on our planet - locations raging from the frozen wastes of the High-Arctic to the high peaks of the Himalaya.

Phil‘s scientific work focuses on the response of glaciers to a warming world and, in particular, the impacts of warming on meltwater production and delivery. With a significant proportion of the world’s population directly or indirectly dependent on snow and ice melt for their water resource, never has this subject been of greater significance.

As one of the UK’s most experienced Arctic field scientists, Phil has cumulatively spent several years working in the High-Artic, engaging in research projects that have included activities such as abseiling deep inside glaciers to map their interiors, drilling through ice almost 400m thick and scaring away the occasional inquisitive polar bear. Phil has also worked extensively in the Himalaya, Iceland and European Alps.

Together with his scientific work, Phil is currently Associate Dean Education in the School of Life and Medical Sciences, teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Geography and Environment, and supervises a number of glaciology research students.

You can read more about Dr Philip Porter's expertise on his research profile.

Phil Porter

Current job roleReader in Geoscience and Geoscience Education, Associate Dean Education
DepartmentSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
Research areas
  • climate change in Arctic, Alpine and Himalayan environments
  • glaciology and glacier hydrology
  • glacier motion
  • field methods in the geosciences (hot water ice drilling, laser scanning, field instrumentation)
  • landscape change in deglaciating environments.

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