Centre for Polar Observation & Modelling (CPOM)

Founding Year: 1998

Staff: 9


Professor Andy Shepherd (Director)

“Studies the land ice, sea ice, and ice sheets using satellite observations and numerical models of the polar regions”. CPOM was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and works in close partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and European Space Agency (ESA). It works closely with the UK and international space agencies by providing scientific and technical leadership for satellite missions relevant to the polar region.

Research Areas:

  • Ice Sheets and Sea Levels
  • Arctic Climate System
  • National Capability


HIGHLIGHT: Rapid discharge connects Antarctic subglacial lakes (2006, 4p) – This study found new, clear evidence of the movement of water beneath East Antarctic Sheets contradictory to previous expectations that subglacial lakes have long residence times and slow circulations.


Centre for Polar Observation & Modelling (CPOM) contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  Organization Type

  Geographic Foci


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