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Dr Matt Westoby


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
  • Low-budget topographic surveying comes of age, Anderson, K., Westoby, M., James, M. 1 Apr 2019, In: Progress in Physical Geography
  • 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
  • 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
  • Controls on subaerial erosion rates in Antarctica, Marrero, S., Hein, A., Naylor, M., Shanks, R., Winter, K., Woodward, J., Dunning, S., Westoby, M., Sugden, D. 1 Nov 2018, In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • Cost-effective erosion monitoring of coastal cliffs, Westoby, M., Lim, M., Hogg, M., Pound, M., Dunlop, L., Woodward, J. 8 May 2018, In: Coastal Engineering
  • Three-dimensional thermal characterization of forest canopies using UAV photogrammetry, Webster, C., Westoby, M., Rutter, N., Jonas, T. May 2018, In: Remote Sensing of Environment
  • The sustainability of water resources in High Mountain Asia in the context of recent and future glacier change, Rowan, A., Quincey, D., Gibson, M., Glasser, N., Westoby, M., Irvine-Fynn, T., Porter, P., Hambrey, M. 1 Jan 2018, In: Geological Society Special Publication
  • Coastal road asset management: Dealing with uncertainty using quantitative erosion monitoring and modelling, Lim, M., Hogg, M., Westoby, M., Pound, M., Dunlop, L., Woodward, J. 5 Sep 2017, Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters
  • The million-year evolution of the glacial trimline in the southernmost Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica, Sugden, D., Hein, A., Woodward, J., Marrero, S., Rodés, Á., Dunning, S., Stuart, F., Freeman, S., Winter, K., Westoby, M. 1 Jul 2017, In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • Mid-Holocene pulse of thinning in the Weddell Sea sector of the West Antarctic ice sheet, Hein, A., Marrero, S., Woodward, J., Dunning, S., Winter, K., Westoby, M., Freeman, S., Shanks, R., Sugden, D. 22 Aug 2016, In: Nature Communications

PGR Supervision

Rebecca Stewart Start: 01/10/2018


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