Julian A. Dowdeswell
Julian A. Dowdeswell
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Known for||work on the form and flow of glaciers and ice caps and their response to climate change, and the links between former ice sheets and the marine geological record, using a variety of satellite, airborne and shipborne geophysical tools.|
|Institutions||Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge|
Julian A. Dowdeswell (born 18 November 1957) is a British glaciologist and is the Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and a Professor of Physical Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.
Dowdeswell graduated with a BA in geography from the University of Cambridge in 1980, and studied for a master's degree at INSTAAR in the University of Colorado and for a Ph.D. in the Scott Polar Research Institute.
He started his career as a lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He subsequently went on to work as a Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the Bristol Glaciology Centre, University of Bristol and then to the University of Cambridge in 2001. He became the director of the Scott Polar Research Institute in 2002. He is also a professorial fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge.
His research focuses on the form and flow of glaciers and ice caps and their response to climate change, and the links between former ice sheets and the marine geological record, using a variety of satellite, airborne and shipborne geophysical tools.
In 2019 Professor Dowdeswell is Chief Scientist on the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019, which aims to:
- investigate the ice shelves around the Weddell Sea and, in particular, the Larsen C Ice Shelf from which a giant iceberg broke off in July 2017
- document the rich and little-studied marine life of the western Weddell Sea ecosystem
- attempt to locate and survey the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’, which was trapped and crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.
- Polar Medal (1994) by H.M. The Queen for 'outstanding contributions to glacier geophysics'.
- Gill Memorial Award (1998) from the Royal Geographical Society.
- Founder's Medal (2008) from the Royal Geographical Society.
- Louis Agassiz Medal (2011) from the European Geosciences Union for 'outstanding contributions to the study of polar ice masses and to the understanding of the processes and patterns of sedimentation in glacier-influenced marine environments'.
- IASC Medal (2014) by the International Arctic Science Committee.
- Lyell Medal (2018) from the Geological Society of London
- DOWDESWELL, Prof. Julian Andrew, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
- "Professor Julian A. Dowdeswell". Scott Polar Research Institute. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- "Professor Julian Dowdeswell". Geographical Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- "The Expedition - Weddell Sea Expedition". Weddell Sea Expedition. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
- "Unprecedented international scientific expedition to Weddell Sea announced". Toucan Moon. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
- "IASC MEDAL 2014". International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Retrieved 2 December 2014.
- "Awards and Funds winners". The Geological Society of London.
| Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute