Additional information can be found on the University of Glasgow School of Geographical & Earth Sciences research website. If that doesn’t satisfy your curiosity, feel free to contact me.

Research Topics and Hypotheses

Earth’s terrestrial surface is a venue for the interactions between climate and the cryosphere, biosphere, geomorphological and geodynamic processes. The dynamics of this environment shape the boundary conditions for the life of many species, including humans. In my research, I focus on the interactions between climate and the other Earth system components. The core topics of this research can be organised into three well-connected categories: A) Palaeoclimates of the Cenozoic, B) Earth surface dynamics, and C) contemporary climate change impact assessments and predictions (Fig. R1).

Fig. R1: Primary research topics comprise A) palaeoclimatology, B) Earth surface dynamics, and C) climate change impact assessment. A is needed to answer questions of research topic B, and both A and B contribute to C. These connections are based on the broad underlying hypotheses H1-H4.

These research topics are linked by several important, broad hypotheses, which can be summarised as follows:

  • Hypothesis 1: Climate change exerts significant and measurable control on Earth surface processes.
  • Hypothesis 2: Synoptic-scale climate variability can explain much of the variation in terrestrial hydrology and regional near-surface climate.
  • Hypothesis 3: Changes in surface topography result in significant and measurable impacts on regional and global climate.

The societal importance of studying the past climates and Earth surface changes is epitomised by the concept “The past is the key to the future”. This can be expressed more elegantly as a 4th hypothesis that underlines the socioeconomic relevance and motivations for conducting research in categories A and B:

  • Hypothesis 4: Earth has already experienced climates similar to potential future climates caused by anthropogenic factors.

Research Projects

Q-TiP – Investigating tipping points of lake systems in the arid zone of Central Asia
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pyESD – An open-source python package for empirical statistical downscaling
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REAL and APE use an interdisciplinary, novel approach to palaeoaltimetry
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EarthShape – Investigating how the Earth surface is shaped by biota
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EXTREME – Extreme tectonics and rapid erosion in mountain environments

TiP – Tibetan Plateau: Formation, Climate, Ecosystems

DYNAMO-KG – Dynamic statistical modelling of glacier mass balance changes in Norway