Thomas Shaw

PhD in Geography

My research is focussed on the spatial and temporal variance in near-surface air temperature across glaciers (debris-covered and debris-free) in the western Italian Alps.

The project tests the suitability of constant lapse rates in estimating air temperature from dense networks of meteorological stations and demonstrates the importance to energy balance and temperature index models.  As a crucial supply of freshwater and hydropower production, predicting meltwater from glaciers is important and recent work has emphasised the significant role of air temperature. 

As well as conducting research in the Alps for my PhD, I am also very interested in glaciers and their processes on Svalbard (Norwegian Arctic), spending plenty of time studying above or within the ice at high latitudes. 

Research Supervisors

Dr Benjamin Brock, Dr Nick Rutter, Dr Francesca Pellicciotti


  • MSc Polar and Alpine Change- University of Sheffield
  • BSc Geography (hons)- University of Derby

Research Themes & Scholarly Interests

  • Energy-balance modelling
  • Glacier micro-meteorology
  • Debris-covered glaciers
  • Glacier remote sensing

Sponsors & Collaborators

Fondazione Montagna Sicura di Courmayeur, Italy. 

Current/recent projects



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