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Dr Leanne Wake

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

EE Leannemay Staffprofile 255I joined the Cold and Palaeo Environments research group at Northumbria in 2013 after two years spent as a postdoctoral researcher in Calgary, Alberta. My interest in earth system science was stimulated upon completion of my undergraduate MSci thesis in 2004, which investigated the spatio-temporal characteristics of the causes of 20th century sea-level change on the eastern seaboard of the United States.  Subsequently, my interests have developed along the lines of quantifying and modelling the contributing factors to sea-level change over decadal to millennial timescales, focussing specifically on the Greenland Ice Sheet. I have also been lucky enough to visit Greenland on three occasions during my time as a Ph. D. student at Durham University. My time spent in Greenland continually serves as a reminder of the motivation behind my research.


  • Geography PhD September 01 2005
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Information not provided American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2013
  • Information not provided International Glaciological Society (IGS) 2013

Key Publications

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  • A Theory of Change for improving children's perceptions, aspirations and uptake of STEM careers, Davenport, C., Dele-Ajayi, O., Emembolu, I., Morton, R., Padwick, A., Portas, A., Sanderson, J., Shimwell, J., Stonehouse, J., Strachan, R., Wake, L., Wells, G., Woodward, J. 8 Jan 2020, In: Research in Science Education
  • Effect of snow microstructure variability on Ku-band radar snow water equivalent retrievals, Rutter, N., Sandells, M., Derksen, C., King, J., Toose, P., Wake, L., Watts, T., Essery, R., Roy, A., Royer, A., Marsh, P., Larsen, C., Sturm, M. 19 Nov 2019, In: The Cryosphere
  • Simulated single-layer forest canopies delay Northern Hemisphere snowmelt, Todt, M., Rutter, N., Fletcher, C., Wake, L. 25 Nov 2019, In: The Cryosphere
  • Greenland Blocking Index daily series 1851-2015, Hanna, E., Hall, R., Cropper, T., Ballinger, T., Wake, L., Mote, T., Cappelen, J. Jul 2018, In: International Journal of Climatology
  • Simulation of longwave enhancement in boreal and montane forests, Todt, M., Rutter, N., Fletcher, C., Wake, L., Bartlett, P., Jonas, T., Kropp, H., Loranty, M., Webster, C. Dec 2018, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
  • Microstructure representation of snow in coupled snowpack and microwave emission models, Sandells, M., Essery, R., Rutter, N., Wake, L., Leppänen, L., Lemmetyinen, J. 27 Jan 2017, In: The Cryosphere
  • Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) in Greenland: A Review, Wake, L., Lecavalier, B., Bevis, M. Sep 2016, In: Current Climate Change Reports
  • Assessment of current methods of positive degree-day calculation using in situ observations from glaciated regions, Wake, L., Marshall, S. Mar 2015, In: Journal of Glaciology
  • Near-field sea-level variability in northwest Europe and ice sheet stability during the last interglacial, Long, A., Barlow, N., Busschers, F., Cohen, K., Gehrels, W., Wake, L. 15 Oct 2015, In: Quaternary Science Reviews
  • A model of Greenland ice sheet deglaciation constrained by observations of relative sea level and ice extent, Lecavalier, B., Milne, G., Simpson, M., Wake, L., Huybrechts, P., Tarasov, L., Kjeldsen, K., Funder, S., Long, A., Woodroffe, S., Dyke, A., Larsen, N. 15 Oct 2014, In: Quaternary Science Reviews

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Michael Cullum Drivers of Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance during the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age Start: 01/10/2015

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