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Frazer Christie MA Ph.D.

Frazer Christie MA Ph.D.

Research Associate in Glacier Geophysics

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Glacier Geophysics at the Scott Polar Research Institute. Expertise in remote-sensing of ice sheets, with interests in ice-sheet dynamics, mass balance and ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions.



  • August 2018-present: Research Associate in Glacier Geophysics, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
  • February 2017-March 2018: Visiting Scholar, Department of Earth & Space Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle
  • September 2014-August 2018: Ph.D. Candidate, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh


  • 2014-2018: Ph.D. in Glaciology/Earth Observation of the Cryosphere, University of Edinburgh. Dissertation: Constraining ice, ocean and atmosphere interactions along the Central Pacific-facing margin of West Antarctica
  • 2010-2014: MA (Hons.) (First Class) in Geography, University of Aberdeen

Awards and scholarships

  • Professional Development Scholarship (2018), Edinburgh Earth & Environment Doctoral Training Partnership (E3 DTP), National Environmental Research Council ~£4,500
  • Overseas Research Award (2017), E3 Doctoral Training Partnership, £1,000
  • Trans-Antarctic Association Small Grant (2017), Trans-Antarctic Association, £1,500
  • Postdoctoral & Early Career Research Exchange Research Grant (2017), Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES), £3,668
  • Professional Development Scholarship (2014), Edinburgh Earth & Environment Doctoral Training Partnership (E3 DTP), National Environmental Research Council, ~£4,500
  • Ph.D. Studentship (2014), The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, ~£63,288
  • Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarship (2014), University of Edinburgh/Scottish Funding Council, £10,500
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society's (RSGS) Silver Medal (2014). Awarded to the highest achieving Honours Geography student in each of the Scottish universities.
  • O'Dell Memorial Prize (2014), School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen.


Using a suite of in-situ geophysical, satellite remote-sensing and climate and ocean modelling techniques, my interests lie in unravelling the complex ice, ocean and atmosphere interactions responsible for controlling the progressive drawdown of the Antarctic Ice Sheet over the satellite era (~ 1970–present). With specific focus on the glaciers and ice-streams draining the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and Antarctic Peninsula regions, my research aims to shed light on the vulnerability of these sectors to climate change, and their ultimate contribution to global sea level.

Currently, my ongoing research aims to elucidate the hitherto little-surveyed sub-ice shelf bathymetry of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, which, covering approximately 78,500 km2, constitutes the largest floating ice mass located in the Antarctic Peninsula. This work forms part of the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019, which will travel to and survey the Larsen C Ice Shelf and its environs during the upcoming 2018/2019 field season.

Antarctica/Larsen C


  • Christie, F.D.W., Bingham, R.G., Gourmelen, N., Steig, E.J., Bisset, R.R., Pritchard, H., Snow, K., and Tett. S.F.B.: Glacier change along West Antarctica's Marie Byrd Land Sector and links to inter-decadal atmosphere–ocean variability, The Cryosphere, 12, 2461-2479, doi:10.5194/tc-12-2461-2018, 2018.
  • Christie, Frazer D.W., Bingham, Robert G., and Bisset, Rosie R. (2018): Grounding line, ice frontal position and coastal ice masks for the Marie Byrd Land Sector of West Antarctica, 2003-2015. PANGAEA, doi:
  • Christie, F.D.W., R.G. Bingham, N. Gourmelen, S.F.B. Tett, and A. Muto, (2016), Four-decade record of pervasive grounding line retreat along the Bellingshausen margin of West Antarctica, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 5741–5749, doi:10.1002/2016GL068972.

External activities

  • Member, International Glaciological Society (IGS)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member, European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Member, Association for Geographic Information (AGI)
  • Member, Geological Society's Remote Sensing Group (GRSG)