Bethan Davies

I am a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Univeristy, specialising in glaciology and glacial geology. I wrote and developed the website as part of an ongoing commitment to outreach, education and research impact. Read more about me at

Menstruation in the field 

Bethan Davies and Becky McCerery This article is aimed at both people who menstruate, and also fieldwork leaders who wish to better support their team. Menstruation is still sometimes seen as a taboo topic but it is something a menstruating person will have to consider when planning or undergoing fieldwork in remote environments. We need … Read more

Moving on again: Newcastle University

Friends, some personal news – really pleased to say that I have moved from Royal Holloway University of London to Newcastle University. I’m excited to move to a new institution and the new collaborations and opportunities that this provides. I’ll be in the Department of Geography at Newcastle. New email: bethan [dot] davies [at] newcastle … Read more

SCAR medal for outreach and education

Hello folks, I’m delighted to say that I’ve been honoured with the 2022 medal for Antarctic Education and Communication by the international body for organising Antarctic research and collaboration, the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research. I’m absolutely thrilled and very indebted to my nominator Huw Griffiths. The medal is awarded for my work in Antarctic … Read more

Infographic on ice cores

The DEEPICE project has released an infographic and a series of resources that explain ice-core science in an accesible manner. These graphics are available for communication and educational purposes! This includes a cool Factsheet about coring for 1.5 million year old ice, and infographics about ice core science. The DEEPICE and Beyond EPICA scientific community … Read more

Ida Pfeiffer Professor

Friends, I’m really excited to say that I will be joining the University of Vienna for 5 months from September 2022 to January 2023 as the Ida Pfeiffer Professor, a visiting professor position in the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy. I’ll be taking research leave from my university to allow me to take … Read more

Upcoming fieldwork to Juneau Icefield, Alaska

I’m really happy to say that I’ll be joining the Juneau Icefield Research Project (JIRP) this summer (2022), traversing the icefield with a whole group of amazing people. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to visit the icefield, and spend some time conducting research and teaching and training early career scientists over the icefield. … Read more

Antarctica StoryMap Series wins the GA Silver Publishers’ Award

We are delighted to announce that our Antarctica StoryMap Series has been awarded a Silver Publishers’ Award by the Geographical Association! The award ceremony was on 11th April 2022 and StoryMap authors Laura Boyall and Chloe Trimmer were able to attend in person to receive the award, with Bethan Davies and Jen Thornton joining in … Read more

New paper: Millan et al. 2022: a new estimate of global glacier ice volume and ice velocity

An interesting new paper has just been published in Nature Geoscience by Romain Millan, Jeremie Mouginot, Antoine Rabatel and Mathieu Morligheim on the velocity and thickness of the world’s glaciers. They make a revised estimate of global glacier ice volume. They aren’t looking at ice in the Greenland or Antarctic ice sheets, just glaciers worldwide. … Read more

Make a Landsat Gif

Interested in how glaciers are changing in your favourite region of the world? Want to see if they’re receding in the Alps or Andes? Landsat have made a cool tool in Earth Engine Apps that will make you your own animated GIF of landsat images through time. Here is their example:

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