Clemens Schannwell

Clemens Schannwell

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Computing the volume response of the Antarctic Peninsula ice sheet to climate change over the next 200 years.

Supervisors: Dr Nick Barrand, Dr Stephen Marcus Jones, Dr Richard Hindmarsh (BAS)

Clemens is a glaciologist, specializing in ice-sheet modeling and the application of geophysical methods in glaciology. His PhD research aims to improve future projections to sea-level rise from the Antarctic Peninsula ice sheet. For this, he uses a numerical ice-sheet model, forced by different climate scenarios over the next 200 years.


2013 MSc by Research, Glaciology, Swansea University
2012 BSc, Geography, University of Bonn


Clemens received his BSc in Geography from the University of Bonn. During his undergraduate program, he studied one year at the University of Fairbanks (UAF), Alaska. In 2013, Clemens graduated with a M.Sc. by Research in Glaciology from Swansea University. In the framework of his master’s thesis, he investigated how the thermal regime of polythermal Arctic glaciers is changing in a warming climate. In the summer of 2013, he worked as a field assistant of a geophysical field campaign on Storglaciären, Sweden, carrying out seismic and radar surveys. Clemens joined the Geosystems Research Group in November 2013.


Research interests

Numerical ice-sheet modeling, application of geophysical methods in glaciology

Other activities

Member of the International Glaciological Society (IGS)


Schannwell, C., Murray, T., Kulessa, B., Gusmeroli, A., Saintenoy, A., and  Jansson, P. (2014) 'An automatic approach to delineate the cold-temperate transition surface with ground-penetrating radar on polythermal glaciers.' Annals of Glaciology 55 (67), 89-96, doi: 10.3189/2014AoG67A102.