Sanola Sandiford


I am a PGR based in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds who is investigating future climate effects on trails and potential adaptation strategies for trail users in Arctic communities. I previously completed an MPhil in Environmental Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados) where I worked on creating a volcanic ash and gas forecasting system for the Caribbean region. Outside of research, I enjoy spending time at the gym and being active as well as travelling and exploring new places.



2023: MPhil in Environmental Studies from University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

2016: BSc in Chemistry from Howard University, USA.


Research Interests

Climate change adaptation, environmental and disaster management, early warning systems

Project Title

Modelling climate futures, impacts, response and adaptation options for Arctic communities



Dr James Ford, Professor Jason Lowe

Project outline

The Arctic is rapidly warming, which has started to limit access to the trail networks used by Inuit communities. These trails are informal pathways which connect remote towns and villages and are regularly used for activities that are pivotal to these communitiesÔÇÖ way of life. Most Arctic climate research focuses on past and present changes, but this research will examine future climate change, particularly the potential changes that may affect trail use and the resulting social and economic impacts on trail users.

In this research, which will be focused on communities in western Greenland, climate model data and trail access models will be used to determine under what weather conditions trails become unusable. This information will be combined with traditional Inuit knowledge to determine optimal adaptation responses.