I am a Senior Researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark (although based in the UK), having previously been a senior academic in Computer Science and postdoctoral scientist on a range of projects funded by the UK Environmental Research Council. I hold independent grants from Microsoft, Rolex and National Geographic. In 2016 I was awarded a Rolex Award for Enterprise and in 2017 I was World Frontiers Forum Global Pioneer for Climate. In 2018 I was on the San Miguel Alternative Rich list and then in 2019 I became a National Geographic Explorer and Microsoft AI for Earth grantee.

My core scientific interests are in “computing the cold” – applying modern computational tools to understand the cold environments on Earth. This includes numerical modelling, simulations, earth observation and geospatial data analysis, and more recently blockchain-based environmental projects. I have conducted more than 20 Arctic and Antarctic expeditions for science and exploration in all seasons as well as significant rock climbing and mountaineering achievements (including sport climbing 8c/5.14d and many “big wall” traditional ascents).

I am also very interested in applying my skills to the private and public sectors, having delivered a range of scientific and expeditionary services, training, professional development, film/TV/radio and public speaking projects for a broad range of clients.

More information at the links below…

joe smile


ORCID: 0000-0002-9270-363X

Twitter: @tothepoles

Instagram: @tothepoles

Rolex Award Profile

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