Dr Laura Edwards

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

I am a remote sensing specialist trained in the use of UAVs who focuses on the application of remote sensing and geographical information science (GIS) to the study of glaciers and ice sheets, sea ice, ocean and interactions between these systems. My research to date has included processing satellite altimetry data of internal oceanic Kelvin waves to study links between these and atmospheric phenomena; producing satellite synthetic aperture radar estimates of ice flow velocity of the Antarctic ice sheet and applying these data to calculations of ice thickness and shear stress and strain rate studies; ocean acidification studies as part of the Catlin Arctic Survey in 2010 on sea ice in the Canadian Arctic; a glacier dynamics and hydrology study in Iceland using sub-glacial probes, GPS, GPR, satellite data and seismic equipment; study of the influence of the North Water Polynya on glacier surface mass balance in the Arctic through satellite and model data; and Structure from Motion, satellite and cosmogenic dating data for studying glacier retreat and glacial lake outburst floods in the Bolivian Andes.

Although my work has a large remote sensing component I have also taken part in fieldwork in Greenland, Iceland, the Canadian high Arctic sea ice and the Bolivian Andes.


2009, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, PhD in Physical Geography (Antarctic Glaciology)
2003, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, MSc in Ocean Remote Sensing
2002, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) in Oceanography with Physics

Academic appointments

Senior lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017 - present
Lecturer, University of Manchester, 2012 - 2016
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Southampton, 2011 - 2012
Postdoctoral Researcher, Bangor University, 2009 - 2010

Journal article

Sun P, Wronski T, Apio A, Edwards L. 2020. A holistic model to assess risk factors of fasciolosis in Ankole cattle Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports, 22 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kougkoulos I, Cook S, Edwards LA, Clarke L, Symeonakis E, Dortch J, Nesbitt K. 2018. Modelling glacial lake outburst flood impacts in the Bolivian Andes Natural Hazards, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kougkoulos I, Cook SJ, Jomelli V, Clarke L, Symeonakis E, Dortch JM, Edwards LA, Merad M. 2018. Use of multi-criteria decision analysis to identify potentially dangerous glacial lakes Science of the Total Environment, 621 :1453-1466 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cook SJ, Kougkoulos I, Edwards LA, Dortch J, Hoffmann D. 2016. Glacier change and glacial lake outburst flood risk in the Bolivian Andes The Cryosphere, 10 :2399-2413 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Findlay HS, Edwards LA, Lewis CN, Cooper GA, Clement R, Hardman-Mountford N, Vagle S, Miller LA. 2015. Late Winter Biogeochemical Conditions Under Sea Ice in the Canadian High Arctic Polar Research, 34 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Lewis CN, Brown KA, Edwards LA, Cooper G, Findlay HS. 2013. Sensitivity to ocean acidification parallels natural pCO2 gradients experienced by Arctic copepods under winter sea ice Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Pritchard HD, Arthern RJ, Vaughan DG, Edwards LA. 2009. Extensive dynamic thinning on the margins of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets Nature, 461 :971-975 DOI

Edwards LA, Houseago-Stokes RE, Cipollini P. 2006. Altimeter observations of the MJO/ENSO connection through Kelvin waves International Journal of Remote Sensing, 27 :1193-1203 DOI

Conference publication

Abdeldayem Z, Markiewicz J, Kansara K, Edwards L. 2020. Extracting Terrain Points from Airborne Laser Scanning Data in Densely Forested Areas International Journal of Geological and Environmental Engineering, 14 :140-144 Publisher Url Public Url


Edwards L, Mitchelson-Jacob EG. 2009. A review of carbon flux in the polar oceans: sea-ice and polynya regions Technical Report for the Centre of Applied Marine Sciences, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University


Edwards L. PhD Thesis title 'Satellite Interferometry and Tracking data: Antarctic Velocity Map Generation, Validation and Application' (2009) Bamber J, Vaughan D.

Research Grants Awarded:

The Leverhulme Trust, Leverhulme Research Fellowship on 'Drone and satellite investigations of glacial meltwater plumes', Grant value (£): £31,740. 2020

LJMU Strategic Support of ECR in Faculty of Science: PhD Studentships 2017/18, 'Cyclones and their influence on Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance and dynamics through satellite remote sensing and modelling', Tom Matthews, Loughborough University, Grant value (£): Approximately £50,000 with stipend and research costs, Duration of research project: 2017-2021. 2017

University of Manchester Humanities Strategic Investment Fund, ‘Cryosphere Research At Manchester (CRAM) Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks bid’, University of Manchester colleagues: Jason Dortch and Phil Hughes, Grant value (£): £14,783. 2016

University of Manchester Research Institute, ‘CRAM group development and interdisciplinary research bid initiative’, University of Manchester colleagues: Neil Mitchell, Jason Dortch, Bart van Dongen, Mads Huuse, Richard Bardgett, Grant value (£): £26,033. 2015

University of Manchester School of Education, Environment and Development Research and Impact Stimulation Fund, ‘Past, present and future changes in Bolivian Andes glaciers and glacial lake outburst flood hazards’, Jason Dortch (University of Manchester), Grant value (£): £4,960. 2015

Manchester Geographical Society research fund, ‘Attendance and presenting a poster at the International Glaciological Society International Symposium on Contribution of Glaciers and Ice Sheets to Sea Level Change in Chamonix, May 2014’, Grant value (£): £403. 2014

University of Manchester School of Education, Environment and Development Research and Impact Stimulation Fund, ‘Arctic polynyas and glacier mass loss’, Grant value (£): £4600. 2013

World Wide Fund for Nature, ‘Catlin Arctic Survey 2010 ocean acidification fieldwork and post-processing’, Grant value (£): £10,000. 2010

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Manchester Metropolitan University, PhD, Glacial lake outburst flood risk in the Bolivian Andes. 2019

Other invited event:

1823 Podcast - Episode 4: Earthrise – the most important photograph ever taken?, LJMU, 1823 Podcast is a place where you can hear interesting conversations about a wide range of issues, debated by some of the interesting people at, or connected to, Liverpool John Moores University. The photograph of ‘Earthrise’, taken from Apollo 8, is one of the most iconic images of the last century. It has been credited with changing our perception of our own planet and our attitude towards the environment. Exactly 50 years since it was taken, we explore the significance of the photograph, its impact on the environmental movement and discuss other influential photographs.. 2018

Teaching qualification:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 2016