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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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. …

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What does COP26 mean for global glacier and ice sheet change?

Earth’s glaciers are shrinking at an alarming rate. Each year they are losing more mass than is being replenished in each accumulation season.28 trillion tonnes of ice was lost from 1994 to 2017, and rates have risen by 57% since the 1990s. At present, global ice volume is shrinking at a rate of 267±16 Gt/year, …

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Polar Pride 2021

RHUL’s Geography department hosted their first polar pride event yesterday (18/11/21) hosted by Bethan Davies. The event brought together staff and students to celebrate TLGBQAI+ polar scientists, where we enjoyed cake and discussed the importance of polar pride through a Q&A with PhD students Dan Parkes and Laura Boyall. The first polar pride took place …

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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:

Creating digital resources for outreach and science communication

Science communication is increasingly important for environmental scientists, and the digital realm offers great opportunity. How can we maximise it? Recently, I joined a seminar hosted by the British Society for Geomorphology where I discussed how we can provide effective outreach and public engagement resources in the digital format. I gave a keynote talk, where …

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A Practical Guide to Glacial Sediments, 2nd edition

The first edition of “A Practical Guide to the study of Glacial Sediments” (Edited by David Evans and Doug Benn) was an essential handbook to all students of glacial geology. It has helped countless undergraduate and MSc dissertation students, and my well-thumbed copy has come with me every time I go into the field. It …

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