• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 882 Citations
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Personal profile


2020 - Full Professor

2017 to present - Research Director for Geography and Environmental Sciences

2012 – Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing and GIS 

2004 – 2012 Lecturer in Remote Sensing and GIS 


Research Interests

Paul Dunlop is a glaciologist and physical geographer who specialises in reconstructing Quaternary glacial environments in terrestrial and marine settings. Understanding how ice sheets operate over long-time scales provides critical information on the global climate system and the processes of climate change.  This research area requires a multidisciplinary approach and Paul uses a variety of cutting-edge techniques to investigate glacial landscapes and environments that includes satellite remote sensing, GIS, marine geophysics, cosmogenic and radiocarbon dating to work out what was happening during the last glacial cycle to help us better understand the role that ice sheets and glaciers play in the global climate system. 

Current and Recent Grants

2018-19: Adaptation and Resilience tools for monitoring ClimaTe change Impacts in NPA Communities (ARCTIC) PI: P Dunlop. Co-Is: S McDowell, S Benetti, S Coleman, D Kerr. Funding: EU Interreg Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme.

2018-19: The glacial lakes of northern Quebec–Labrador and their contribution to the meltwater discharges of the late deglaciation and early Holocene climate interval. UK Canada Arctic Research Partnership.  PI: P Dunlop. Funding: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). https://www.arctic.ac.uk/research/international-engagement/uk-canada-arctic-bursaries-20172018/

2016-17: Research for Emergency Aftershock Response (REAR) Co-Is: P Dunlop, S McDowell - Global Challenges Research Fund. Funding: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

2015-16: The completion and testing of an Aftershock Forecasting Tool for Emergency Response (AFTER), PI: J McCloskey. Co-Is: P Dunlop, M Hope.  Funding: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

2013-17: GLAciated North Atlantic Margins (GLANAM) PI: P Dunlop. Co-I: S Benetti. Funding: EU Marie-Curie ITN. http://www.glanam.org/

2012-16: Will Climate change in the Arctic increase the landslide-tsunami risk to the UK? – PI: J McCloskey. Co-Is: P Dunlop, S Nalbant.  Funding: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). http://projects.noc.ac.uk/landslide-tsunami/project-information

2013-14: An NGO administered near real time aftershock forecasting tool for humanitarian risk assessment and emergency. PI: M Hope. Co-Is: P Dunlop, J McCloskey, S Steacy. Funding: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

2012-15: Defining critical source areas of nutrient transfer in agricultural catchments. PI: P Jordan. Co-I: P Dunlop. Funding: TEAGASC Walsh Fellowships.

Teaching Interests

Paul teaches satellite remote sensing and physical geography on a range of undergraduate modules for the BSc Hons Geography and Environmental Science degrees and supervises final year undergraduate dissertation projects. At postgraduate level he teaches satellite remote sensing for the PgDip/MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and supervises final year MSc research projects in GIS.  Modules taught at both levels include:

EGM105 The Lithosphere

EGM116 Environmental Systems

EGM310 GIS and Remote Sensing

EGM713 Remote Sensing 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sheffield

1 Sep 199920 Jul 2004

Award Date: 7 Jun 2004

Bachelor, Queens University Belfast

1 Sep 19961 Jun 1999

Award Date: 1 Jun 1999

External positions

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland Science Advisory Committee, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland

19 Sep 2019 → …

External Examiner , Manchester Metropolitan University

1 Sep 20166 Jun 2019

External Examiner, NUIG National University of Ireland Galway

1 Sep 201430 Jun 2016


  • GB Physical geography
  • Glaciation
  • Ice Sheets
  • Quaternary
  • Remote Sensing
  • GIS
  • Geomorphology
  • GC Oceanography
  • Continental Shelf

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Research Output

Persistent millennial-scale glacier fluctuations in Ireland between 24 ka and 10 ka

Barth, A. M., Clark, P. U., Clark, J., Roe, G. H., Marcott, S. A., McCabe, AM., Caffee, M. W., Cuzzone, J. K. & Dunlop, P., 28 Feb 2018, In : Geology. 46, 2, p. 151-154 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    Early deglaciation of the British-Irish Ice Sheet on the Atlantic shelf northwest of Ireland driven by glacioisostatic depression and high relative sea level

    ó Cofaigh, C., Weilbach, K., Lloyd, J., Benetti, S., Callard, L., Purcell, C., Chiverell, R., Dunlop, P., Saher, M., Livingstone, S., Van Landeghem, K., Moreton, S., Clark, C. & Fabel, D., 15 Mar 2019, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 208, p. 76-96 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    30 Downloads (Pure)

    Sedimentology and chronology of the advance and retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet on the continental shelf west of Ireland

    Peters, J. L., Benetti, S., Dunlop, P., OCofaigh, C., Moreton, S. G., Wheeler, A. J. & Clark, C. D., 15 May 2016, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 140, p. 101-124

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)

    Maximum extent and dynamic behaviour of the last British Irish Ice Sheet west of Ireland

    Peters, J. L., Benetti, S., Dunlop, P. & O' Cofaigh, C., 15 Nov 2015, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 128, p. 48-68 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 29 Citations (Scopus)

    Do subglacial bedforms comprise a size and shape continuum?

    Ely, J., Clark, C. D., Spagnolo, M., Stokes, C. R., Greenwood, S. L., Hughs, A. L. C., Dunlop, P. & Hess, D., 15 Mar 2016, In : Geomorphology. 257, p. 108-119 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 46 Citations (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)


    Outstanding Student Paper Award - Cryosphere

    Kevin Schiele (Recipient), Dunlop, Paul (Recipient) & Benetti, Sara (Recipient), 12 Dec 2016


  • Guy Lortie Award

    Maureen McHenry (Recipient) & Paul Dunlop (Recipient), 19 Aug 2015



    Journal of Maps (Journal)

    Paul Dunlop (Member of editorial board)

    1 Jan 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Climate Change Research, School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Ulster University

    Paul Dunlop (Speaker)

    22 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Martin Roy

    Paul Dunlop (Host)

    22 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

    Mountaineering Ireland (External organisation)

    Paul Dunlop (Member)

    29 Oct 2019 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of network

    Press / Media

    Coast Season 5, Episode 5: Galway to Arranmore Island

    Paul Dunlop


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Secrets of the Irish Landscape

    Paul Dunlop


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    The Investigators

    Paul Dunlop & S. Benetti


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    The science behind the weather forecast?

    Paul Dunlop


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Twenty Twenty Vision: A Peoples Manifesto for Inishowen

    Paul Dunlop


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment