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Dr Donald Slater

Research interests:

My research centres on understanding the effect of the ocean on the Greenland Ice Sheet, with a view to improving projections of ice sheet mass loss and sea level contribution.

Career history:

I was a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews with Prof. Doug Benn, and a Postdoctoral Scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with Prof. Fiamma Straneo. I completed my PhD – titled ‘Modeling submarine melt rates at tidewater glaciers in Greenland’ – with Professor Pete Nienow at the University of Edinburgh in August 2017.

Active research projects:

NERC Independent Research Fellowship – "Next generation predictions of sea level contribution and freshwater export from the Greenland Ice Sheet"

Recent publications:

J. Williams, N. Gourmelen, P. Nienow, C. Bunce & D. Slater
Helheim Glacier poised for dramatic retreat
Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL094546, doi:10.1029/2021GL094546

L. Smedsrud & 16 others (including D. Slater)
Nordic seas heat loss, Atlantic inflow and Arctic sea ice cover over the last century
Reviews of Geophysics, 59, e2020RG000725, doi:10.1029/2020RG000725

D. Slater, D. Benn, T. Cowton, J. Bassis & J. Todd
Calving multiplier effect controlled by melt undercut geometry
Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 126, e2021JF006191, doi:10.1029/2021JF006191

A. Payne & 63 others (including D. Slater)
Future sea level change under CMIP5 and CMIP6 scenarios from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL091741, doi:10.1029/2020GL091741

T. Edwards & 83 others (including D. Slater)
Projected land ice contributions to twenty-first-century sea level rise
Nature, 593, 74-82, doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03302-y

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