School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


Emma Dodd

About Me

I am a first year PhD student working on how the Arctic should be represented in global surface temperature time-series of recent climate change.

Research Groups

The Contemporary Climate Research Group

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing of the cryosphere, particularly the Arctic sea-ice regions
  • Global and regional surface temperature and temperature anomaly datasets


  • MSc in GIS, University of Edinburgh, 2010-2011
  • BSc (hons) Human and Physical Geography, University of Reading, 2007-2010

PhD project


Dr. Chris Merchant, Edinburgh University

Prof. Simon Tett, Edinburgh University

Nick Rayner, Met Office Hadley Centre

Project details

Global and regional mean surface temperature anomalies are metrics of climate change which generate a lot of public interest and controversy.

However, there is no consensus method for calculating the appropriate contribution to global and regional-average temperature anomalies of the sea-ice regions of the Arctic Ocean. I therefore aim to:

  • Explore how seasonal sea ice areas should be treated in global and regional averages of surface temperature
  • Quantify the uncertainties in extrapolation and interpolation of information over the Arctic
  • Determine the most appropriate variables to use to monitor Arctic surface temperature change

Contact Details

School of GeoSciences
The University of Edinburgh
Crew Building
The King's Buildings
West Mains Road