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Dr Sarah Woodroffe

Associate Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41932
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: S201
Associate Professor, Sea Level, Ice and Climate

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I am an Associate Professor in the Geography Department. My research is focused upon reconstructing Holocene and recent sea-level changes using microfossil-based reconstruction methods, in order to answer questions of ice sheet history, crustal response to surface loading and predictions of future sea-level change in vulnerable coastal areas. I’m currently involved in research looking at sea-level changes over the last millennia in Greenland and what they can tell us about the changing mass-balance history of the Greenland Ice Sheet over the recent past and over longer timescales. I am also working on sea-level records from key locations far from the centres of former glaciation which provide information on the long-term melting histories of the large ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. My particular area of expertise is the development and application of sediment and microfossil-based methodologies (including transfer functions) in reconstructing sea-level change. These are designed to enhance accuracy and precision and to allow development of sea-level records from historically poorly studied locations such as low and high latitudes.

Research Groups

Department of Geography

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Constraining Greenland Ice Sheet Mass Balance Using Salt Marsh Sediment Sequences
  • Reconstructing Ice Sheet History Using Relative Sea-Level (RSL) Observations and Modelling

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Woodroffe, S.A. & Long, A.J. (2012). Late Quaternary Sea-level Changes in Greenland. In Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, 2nd edition. Editor in Chief Elias & S.A. Elsevier. Accepted.

Journal Article

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Selected Grants

  • 2011: Dating mid-holocene sea level changes in the Seychelles (£4190.00 from )
  • 2009: SEA-LEVEL CHANGES OVER THE PAST 10,000 YEARS (£3781.00 from British Council Manchester)
  • 2007: XVII INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR QUATERNARY (£900.00 from The Royal Society)