Paul Dunlop


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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2020 - Professor of Glaciology

2017 - 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 using satellite remote sensing, GIS, geology, 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).

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.

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).

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 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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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