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Dr Sarah Shannon

Dr Sarah Shannon

Dr Sarah Shannon
BSc, MSc(Galway), PhD(Bristol)

Senior Research Associate

Area of research

Glacier melting and water security in Central Asia

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I am researching the impact of glacier melting on water security in Central Asia, with a specific focus on the Syr Darya and Amu Darya transboundary rivers. The aim of the project is to make future river flow predictions using the DYNAMIC-TOPMODEL rainfall-runoff model and to test a range of adaption strategies to changing runoff, such as adopting efficient irrigation systems and changing crop patterns. More information about this project can be found here

Previously, I worked on developing a glacier mass balance scheme for the JULES land surface model as part of the EU HELIX (High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes) project. I used the model to generate end of the century global glacier volume projections for climate change scenarios that exceed 2-degrees global average warming. I am also interested in the impacts of climate change on the occurrence of glacier lake outburst floods in Chile.  


  • climate change
  • water security
  • glacier melting
  • sea level rise
  • glacier hazards



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