Julian A. Dowdeswell (born 18 November 1957) is a British glaciologist and is the Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and a Professor of Physical Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.
Dowdeswell graduated with a BA in geography from the University of Cambridge in 1980, and studied for a master's degree at INSTAAR in the University of Colorado and for a Ph.D. in the Scott Polar Research Institute.
He started his career as a lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He subsequently went on to work as a Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the Bristol Glaciology Centre, University of Bristol and then to the University of Cambridge in 2001. He became the director of the Scott Polar Research Institute in 2002. He is also a professorial fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge.
His research focuses on the form and flow of glaciers and ice caps and their response to climate change, and the links between former ice sheets and the marine geological record, using a variety of satellite, airborne and shipborne geophysical tools.
- Polar Medal (1994) by H.M. The Queen for 'outstanding contributions to glacier geophysics'.
- Gill Memorial Award (1998) from the Royal Geographical Society.
- Founder's Medal (2008) from Royal Geographical Society.
- Louis Agassiz Medal (2011) from the European Geosciences Union for 'outstanding contributions to the study of polar ice masses and to the understanding of the processes and patterns of sedimentation in glacier-influenced marine environments'.
- IASC Medal (2014) by the International Arctic Science Committee.
- "IASC MEDAL 2014". International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Retrieved 2 December 2014.