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Professor of Physical Geography, University of Bristol

Jonathan Bamber is a professor of glaciology and Earth Observation. He graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Physics and went on to complete a Ph.D at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, in glaciology and remote sensing. He then spent eight years in the Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London before returning to Bristol in 1996 where he has been since. Currently he also has a joint position at the Technical University Munich in the Futures Lab

His main areas of interest are in applications of satellite remote sensing data in the polar regions. More specifically, he has been working on the use of remote sensing data to study the behaviour of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, glaciers and ice caps in the Arctic, Patagonia and to use these observations to test and/or improve climate and Earth System models. He is also using satellite and ground based data to investigate past and present variations in sea level, land surface topography and ocean processes. He has undertaken fieldwork in the Arctic and Antarctic and has a glacier named after him in Antarctica. Outside of work he is a sports fanatic and keen ultramarathon runner, cyclist and mountaineer. In 1992 he experienced a near fatal injury in the Indian Himalaya while attempting an unclimbed peak in the Kishtwar region of northern India. A film was made about his experience and that of a Swiss climbing team that eventually reached the summit that can be seen here


  • –present
    Professor of Physical Geography, University of Bristol


    Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge , Ph.D Glaciology and remote sensing


  • 2013
    ‘Paleofluvial Mega-Canyon Beneath the Central Greenland Ice Sheet’, Science


Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Past President European Geosciences Union, Bamber Glacier named in Antarctica in 2020.