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Dr Matt Westoby

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

matt westoby staffMy research interests include glacial hazard analysis, sedimentological and geomorphological analysis of glacial (debris-covered glaciers) and ice-marginal zones (outburst flood deposits, blue-ice moraines), debris-supply in glacierised Alpine catchments, and glacial hazard reconstruction and modelling (GLOFs). Much of this research utilises low-cost ‘Structure-from-Motion’ methods, often driven by data acquired from UAV, or drone platforms. I have undertaken fieldwork in the Nepal Himalaya, European Alps (Italy, Switzerland), and Norway.

I joined the Department of Geography at Northumbria University as a PDRA on the NERC-funded project ‘A new approach to West Antarctic Ice Sheet evolution using blue-ice moraines on nunataks’ in 2014. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Physical Geography (Fixed Term) in October 2016.

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Cold and Palaeo-Environment Research Group (CAPE)

Campus Address

Room A217a
Ellison Building
City Campus


  • PhD June 30 2013
  • Full Member British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) 2014
  • Member American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2014
  • Member International Glaciological Society (IGS) 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Decoding Complex Erosion Responses for the Mitigation of Coastal Rockfall Hazards Using Repeat Terrestrial LiDAR, Westoby, M., Lim, M., Hogg, M., Dunlop, L., Pound, M., Strzelecki, M., Woodward, J. 13 Aug 2020, In: Remote Sensing
  • Geomorphological evolution of a debris‐covered glacier surface, Westoby, M., Rounce, D., Shaw, T., Fyffe, C., Moore, P., Stewart, R., Brock, B. 1 Nov 2020, In: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Processes at the margins of supraglacial debris cover: quantifying dirty ice ablation and debris redistribution, Fyffe, C., Woodget, A., Kirkbride, M., Deline, P., Westoby, M., Brock, B. 1 Aug 2020, In: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Reconstructing the Chongbaxia Tsho glacial lake outburst flood in the Eastern Himalaya, Nie, Y., Liu, W., Liu, Q., Hu, X., Westoby, M. 1 Dec 2020, In: Geomorphology
  • Seasonal Dynamics of a Temperate Tibetan Glacier Revealed by High-Resolution UAV Photogrammetry and In Situ Measurements, Yang, W., Zhao, C., Westoby, M., Yao, T., Wang, Y., Pellicciotti, F., Zhou, J., He, Z., Miles, E. 24 Jul 2020, In: Remote Sensing
  • Using climate reanalysis data in conjunction with multi-temporal satellite thermal imagery to derive supraglacial debris thickness changes from energy balance modelling, Stewart, R., Westoby, M., Pellicciotti, F., Rowan, A., Swift, D., Brock, B., Woodward, J. 30 Nov 2020, In: Jourrnal of Glaciology
  • Assessing climate change associated sea‐level rise impacts on sea turtle nesting beaches using drones, photogrammetry and a novel GPS system, Varela, M., Patrício, A., Anderson, K., Broderick, A., Debell, L., Hawkes, L., Tilley, D., Snape, R., Westoby, M., Godley, B. Feb 2019, In: Global Change Biology
  • Low-budget topographic surveying comes of age, Anderson, K., Westoby, M., James, M. 1 Apr 2019, In: Progress in Physical Geography
  • Radar-detected englacial debris in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Winter, K., Woodward, J., Ross, N., Dunning, S., Hein, A., Westoby, M., Culberg, R., Marrero, S., Schroeder, D., Sugden, D., Siegert, M. 10 Sep 2019, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Resolving fine-scale surface features on polar sea ice, Li, T., Zhang, B., Cheng, X., Westoby, M., Li, Z., Ma, C., Hui, F., Shokr, M., Liu, Y., Chen, Z., Zhai, M., Li, X. 1 Apr 2019, In: Remote Sensing

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  • James Linighan Start: 12/11/2019
  • Rebecca Stewart Start: 01/10/2018

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