Ashley Morris is the new Remote Sensing Officer at the SIOS Knowledge Centre. He started on 1st November by attending the Svalbard Science Conference, getting up to date with the latest Svalbard research after 2 years living south of the Arctic Circle!
Ashley has a PhD in Glaciology and Remote Sensing from Swansea University, and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø and the University of Washington in Seattle.
He introduces himself:
I fell in love with Svalbard and the polar regions when I took courses in upper atmospheric physics at the University Centre in Svalbard in 2009; so much so that I returned the following year to take courses on cryospheric science! I’ve been lucky enough to return numerous times since for courses and fieldwork as part of my PhD studies and postdoctoral research.
Through my career I’ve used various remote sensing techniques and data from numerous satellite platforms to study glaciers in Svalbard, the wider Arctic, and Antarctica. I’m looking forward to applying this experience to my new role as the point of contact for researchers using remote sensing to answer questions about the Svalbard cryosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere and biosphere.