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Deplete and Retreat: future of the Andes Water Towers

We are delighted to announce a major new project. Our team has been awarded a major £2.5 million NERC highlight topic, to study the impacts of climate change upon water resources in the Andes. The Andes act as a natural water tower, storing water that around 90 million people rely upon. As our world warms, …

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Science in Extreme Environments: Juneau Icefield, Alaska

By Anna Fatta Each summer, students from universities across the world join the Juneau Icefield Research Program to undertake research on Juneau Icefield, Alaska. This fieldwork means living on the Icefield for several months at a time, working with scientists to undertake a program of glaciological, geological and climatological measurements. Here, Anna Fatta describes what …

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Menstruation in the field 

Bethan Davies and Becky McCerery 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 to stop shying away from these conversations and in fact incorporate briefings outlining facilities and disposal of waste menstrual products …

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Safety on Glaciers and Icefields: Juneau Icefield, Alaska

In 2022, Bethan Davies participated as faculty in the Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska. Here, Sofia Guest, a student on the program, reflects on her experience and how she learned about safety in hazardous mountainous environments. My name is Sofia, and I am a recent Environmental Sciences graduate from the University of Alberta. A …

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Film making on Juneau Icefield

Recently, Bethan Davies participated as faculty in an expedition across Juneau Icefield with the Juneau Icefield Research Program. In this blog post, Caroline Wexler, a student on the program, reflects on her experiences on the icefield and how it has helped her towards her goal of a professional science communicator using the medium of film …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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