Films and video resources

Bethan Davies virtual lectures

I have a few videos on YouTube and embedded in this website that may be of interest. See the examples below!

A panel of experts discuss the impact of climate change in the Arctic, Antarctic and Himalaya. Chaired by Dr Bethan Davies.

A lecture on glaciers and climate change globally, suitable for A-level students.

In the video below, Bethan Davies and Ella Gilbert discuss how climate change is affecting ice shelves in Antarctica. Suitable for 16 years plus.

In the video below, Bethan Davies discusses how we get to Antarctica, and what it’s like to live and work in Antarctica. Suitable for younger children (under 11).

What is it like to go to Antarctica? What’s it like to live and work in Antarctica? Suitable for ke stage 1/2.

Bethan Davies and Huw Griffiths (British Antarctic Survey) discuss Antarctic food web. Suitable for age 11+.

Krill and food webs in Antarctica. Suitable for Key Stage 3/4

The Antarctic Ice Sheet (targets UK Geography A Level/ post-16 education)

Geopolitics and climate change in Antarctica. Suitable for GCSE and A Level Geography.
Glacier mass balance. Targets UK GCSE and A Level Geography students (age 14 to 16 plus).

Time for Geography

This excellent website has a number of videos explaining key processes and geomorphic features of Britain. It is produced by academics at a wide range of universities, and includes “knowledge boosters” on a range of subjects, including Glaciation, Waterfalls, Coasts and much more.

There are a number of videos about glaciation, with “knowledge booster” and “grade booster” videos.

In the video below, made by Dr Bethan Davies and Dr Simon Cook (Dundee University), we discuss glacier mass balance and how glaciers are changing worldwide.

Time for Geography Glacier Mass Balance video (featuring Bethan Davies and Simon Cook).
In this Time for Geography video, Bethan Davies and colleagues discuss the different icy parts of Antarctica and how they contribute to sea level rise.

Films about Climate Change and Glaciers

There are a number of excellent climate change documentaries and films publicly available for little investment.

  • Thin Ice talks about climate change from the scientists’ perspectives. The website has many resources, including extra clips and information. The film can be rented and watched online for NZ$5 and downloaded for NZ$10.
  • Chasing Ice uses stunning repeat photography to characterise glacial recession over several years. The film is available to download from iTunes.
  • Operation Iceberg is a BBC documentary that follows the exploits of scientists in Greenland. Stunning visuals are combined with exciting feats of bravery for compelling viewing.


YouTube is an outstanding teaching resource, with thousands of videos explaining all aspects of glaciology. Here are some of my favourites:

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