I am a Senior Lecturer in Quaternary Science at Royal Holloway University of London, specialising in glaciology and glacial geology. I wrote and developed the AntarcticGlaciers.org website as part of an ongoing commitment to outreach, education and research impact. Read more about me at www.antarcticglaciers.org/bethan-davies.
These funds will be used for website development and to support the production of more introductory resources. These educational resources will target students aged ~14 years, and will focus on Antarctica.
Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica, is of particular concern to scientists. Here, warm water is pushed up onto the continental shelf, where it flows along the bottom until it reaches the floating ice shelf in front of Thwaites Glacier.
Thwaites Glacier today is rapidly losing mass in response to changing atmospheric and oceanic conditions.
On 14th July 2020 I gave a public webinar, kindly hosted by SedsOnline. The talk covered glaciers and climate change, before outlining how this website aligns with post-16 curriculum and highlighting some other excellent resources for teaching glacial environments.
AntarcticGlaciers.org: a tool for teaching Glaciers and Glaciation to high school and college students”.
Dr Bethan Davies – Royal Holloway University of London
4 PM LONDON, Tuesday 14th July 2020
Information here: https://sedsonline.com/events/ . You must register (for free) with Seds Online to watch the webinar. The link will be available on the website 10 minutes before the start of the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and can be viewed later by registered users of Seds Online.
This talk targets teachers and college lecturers who will be
delivering Glaciers and Glaciation as part of Geography or Geology at
High School or College (post ~16 years). This could be as part of the UK
A-Level syllabus, for example.
The full implications of Covid-19 are still unknown, but it seems that it will be with us for a long while yet. Therefore, many university lecturers will be moving to online learning, some for the first time. I thought that it might be useful to compile some resources and best-practice suggestions to help us. Here are some of my thoughts on online delivery of courses.
If you’re preparing for an interview at a university for a
lectureship, good luck to you! The UK system tends to involve a presentation,
often to the whole department, and then a panel interview with a few senior
members of staff. This can be very daunting, but it does get easier with
I’ve attended quite a few job talks, from both sides of the
table. Here are some thoughts on how you should prepare for the talk and
interview, and some typical questions you might be asked.
Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is currently the focus of a major scientific campaign. Why is Thwaites Glacier of so much interest, however? How much ice is there, and how much would sea levels rise if it all melted?
Glacier is roughly the size of UK (176 x103 km2). The glacier
terminus is nearly 120 km wide, and the bed of the glacier reaches to >1000
m below sea level. Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites Glacier together account
for 3% of grounded ice-sheet area, but they receive 7% of Antarctica’s snowfall1.
The year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional heat, and is on track to be the second or third warmest year on record. While the global average temperature teeters on 1.1°C above the pre-industrial record, the world’s glaciers are in stark retreat.
In high mountain areas, the steady trickle of melting snow in spring has nourished people for generations. Today, 1.9 billion people – or 22% of the world’s population – live downstream of snowpacks and glaciers and depend on them as their main source of drinking water. These icy and snowbound mountain regions could be considered water towers, which provide a regular supply of water for drinking, irrigation and power generation, and provide a life-saving buffer during droughts.
We are delighted to announce that AntarcticGlaciers.org has been awarded a grant from the Curry Fund of the Geologists’ Association. This will support further website development, and help bring the website further into line with the new UK A-Level curriculum.