Kasia Warburton


Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows


Kasia Warburton is a fluid dynamicist investigating the mechanisms setting the flow speed of ice sheets and glaciers. She constructs mathematical models to interrogate how limited quantities of data from Antarctica can nevertheless reveal the processes occurring beneath several kilometres of ice. Her focus is on water transport below glaciers, and the deformation of the wet sediments over which the ice slides. By better understanding these mechanisms on these small scales, we can build more reliable estimates for ice sheet evolution at the largest scale, particularly in response to unprecedented climatic change.

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics; glaciology; sediment transport; applied mathematics


  • BA, Mathematics, University of Cambridge 2017
  • MMath, Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge 2018
  • PhD, Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge 2022

Selected Publications

  • Warburton, KLP, Hewitt, D, Meyer, CR, and Neufeld, JA "A shallow approximation for ice streams sliding over strong beds," Journal of Glaciology, 10.1017/jog.2023.47
  • Hogan, KA, Warburton, KLP, Graham, AGC, Neufeld, JA, Hewitt, DR, and Larter, RD "Towards modelling of corrugation ridges at ice-sheet grounding lines," The Cryosphere, 2023 10.5194/tc-17-2645-2023
  • Warburton, KLP, Hewitt, DR and Neufeld, JA "Shear dilation of subglacial till results in time-dependent sliding laws," Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 2023 10.1098/rspa.2022.0536
  • Warburton, KLP, Hewitt, DR and Neufeld, JA "Tidal grounding-line migration modulated by subglacial hydrology," Geophysical Research Letters, 2020 e2020GL089088


  • ENGS 150: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics