Rebecca Dell

Rebecca Dell
Scott Polar Research Institute /Department of Geography

I am a glaciologist researching ice shelf (in)stability through a range of remote sensing based techniques. My current work is focussed on surface and subsurface melt on the Nivlisen Ice Shelf, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica.
My research uses remote sensing methodologies to better understand the spatio-temporal variation of factors that affect ice shelf (in)stability. I am focussing on three factors: (i) ice shelf surface and sub-surface hydrology, (ii) ice shelf velocities and strain rates, and (iii) ice shelf structural evolution. I am using a combination of optical remote sensing and radar remote sensing techniques, which are particularly useful for the identification of subsurface melt.


Dell, R., Arnold, N., Willis, I., Banwell, A., Williamson, A., Pritchard, H., and Orr, A. (2020). Lateral meltwater transfer across an Antarctic ice shelf. The Cryosphere, 14, 2313–2330,

Dell, R., Carr, R., Phillips, E., & Russell, A. J. (2019). Response of glacier flow and structure to proglacial lake development and climate at Fjallsjökull, south-east Iceland. Journal of Glaciology, 1-16.