Dr Chris Williams

GeoSpatial Analysis Lead

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3202

E-mail Dr Chris Williams


  • 2017 – ongoing : Geospatial Analysis Lead, British Geological Survey
  • 2014 –2017 : Postdoctoral Researcher, Glaciology, University of Bristol
  • 2013 –2014 : Postdoctoral Researcher, Glaciology, Swansea University
  • 2009 –2013 : PhD, Glaciology, University of Leeds
  • 2006 –2009 : BSc (Hons), 1st Class, Geography, Newcastle University


  • GeoCode (My personal geo-related blog)

Current projects and collaboration

  • REScUe - Repurposing for Emergency ServiCe UsagE
  • DANGER - Data Analytics to enhaNce Geohazard information and increasE Resilience
  • CVI - Coastal Vulnerability Index
  • ASPUD - Agricultural Suitability Potential Usability Demonstrator


  • Field data acquisition including: levelling, dGPS, GPR, river flow, sediment log analysis, snowpack analysis
  • R
  • Python
  • QGIS
  • ArcGIS

Research interests

  • Terrain analysis
  • Geomorphology
  • Quaternary Environments and Processes
  • Hydrological processes
  • Glaciology (including hazards)
  • Image processing


Key papers

  • M. Morlighem, C. N. Williams, E. Rignot, L. An, J. E. Arndt, J. L. Bamber, G. Catania, N. Chauché, J. A. Dowdeswell, B. Dorschel, I. Fenty, K. Hogan, I. Howat, A. Hubbard, M. Jakobsson, T. M. Jordan, K. K. Kjeldsen, R. Millan, L. Mayer, J. Mouginot, B. P. Y. Noël, C. Ó Cofaigh, S. Palmer, S. Rysgaard, H. Seroussi, M. J. Siegert, P. Slabon, F. Straneo , M. R. van den Broeke, W. Weinrebe, M. Wood and K. B. Zinglersen. 2017. BedMachine v3: Complete bed topography and ocean bathymetry mapping of Greenland from multi-beam echo sounding combined with mass conservation. Geophysical Research Letters. DOI:10.1002/2017GL074954
  • Jordan, T. M., Cooper, M. A., Schroeder, D. M., Williams, C. N., Paden, J. D., Siegert, M. J., and Bamber, J. L. 2017. Self-affine subglacial roughness: consequences for radar scattering and basal thaw discrimination in northern Greenland. The Cryosphere. DOI:10.5194/tc-11-1247-2017
  • Williams, C. N., Cornford, S. L., Jordan, T. M., Dowdeswell, J. A., Siegert, M. J., Clark, C. D., Swift, D. A., Sole, A., Fenty, I., and Bamber, J. L. 2017. Generating synthetic fjord bathymetry for coastal Greenland. The Cryosphere. DOI:10.5194/tc-11-363-2017
  • Jordan, T.M., Bamber, J.L., Williams, C.N., Paden, J.D., Siegert, M.J., Huybrechts, P., Gagliardini, O. and Gillet-Chaulet, F. 2016. An ice-sheet wide framework for englacial attenuation from ice penetrating radar data. The Cryosphere. 10, 1547-1570. DOI:10.5194/tc-2016-8
  • Williams, C., Carrivick, J.L., Evans, A.J. and Rippin, D.M. 2016. Quantifying uncertainty in using multiple datasets to determine spatiotemporal ice mass loss over 101 years at Kårsaglaciären, sub-arctic Sweden. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography. 98(1), 61–79. DOI:10.1111/geoa.12123
  • Carrivick, J.L., Berry, K., Geilhausen, M., James, M.H.M., Williams, C., Brown, L.E., Rippin, D.M. and Carver, S.J., 2015. Decadal-scale changes of the Odenwinkelkees, central Austria, suggest increasing control of topography and evolution towards steady state. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography. 97(3), 543–562. DOI:10.1111/geoa.12100
  • Swindles, G., Reczuga, M., Lamentowicz, M., Raby, C., Turner, T., Charman, D., Gallego-Sala, A.,Valderrama, E., Williams, C., Draper, F., Coronado, E., Roucoux, K., Baker, T. & Mullan, D., 2014. Ecology of Testate Amoebae in an Amazonian Peatland and Development of a Transfer Function for Palaeohydrological Reconstruction. Microbial Ecology, DOI:10.1007/s00248-014-0378-5
  • Rippin, D.M., Carrivick, J.L., Williams, C., (2011). Evidence towards a thermal lag in the response of small Arctic glaciers to climate change. Journal of Glaciology 57(205), 895-903.