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Guilt Trip movie at St Anton Film festival

The 23rd St Anton Film Festival celebrates mountains, people, and adventures between the two. This year kicks off by featuring the activities of some pretty hardcore female adventurers, which is of course of special interest to our own all-female crew … Continue reading

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Surging and supraglacial debris

Model studies suggest that sudden formation of supraglacial debris cover might cause glaciers to advance, by inhibiting ice melt in the lower reaches and altering the driving stresses if the debris deposit is massive enough (basically the weight of the … Continue reading

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Studies on Hochjochferner – glaciological mass balance

In our, now completed, hiSNOW project the aim of the research was to compare methods of determining glacier and catchment scale runoff at a range of scales. While scientists and students in the Hydro_Climatology group of the Geography department have worked … Continue reading

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Glacier fieldwork guidelines

Summer time is time for glaciologists to get busy on glaciers … in my case its fixing weather stations,  drilling ablation stakes, trying my first dye tracing experiments to see how long it takes meltwater to pass through the glacier … Continue reading

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The extent of Suldenferner glacier

The Bottom Temperature of Snow cover (BTS) is defined as the temperature measured at the snow/ground interface (Haeberli 1973). This is different to Ground Surface Temperature (GST), which is measured in the ground (soil or rock) slightly below the surface. … Continue reading

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Modelling the future of glaciers in Tirol

My former colleague Ben Marzeion (now at Bremen University) developed a simple way to calculate the changes in glaciers using only air temperature and precipitation as inputs. What is critical to a glacier is how much snowfall it gets per … Continue reading

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A correction to our published paper

Recently, well, ok now that I get round to posting this, not so recently, as this happened at the end of last year …. we found a mistake in one of papers: Collier, E., Nicholson, L. I., Brock, B. W., … Continue reading

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Debris covered glaciers as analogues for ice on Mars

Since the launch of Mariner 9 in 1071 we have been getting better and better images and information about Mars, from improved satellite imagery, radar and ground sampling from the amazing Mars rovers. We now know that both water and … Continue reading

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World Glacier Monitoring Service video

In 2016, the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) celebrated its 30 year existence, although some of the data series held by the WGMS extends much further back in time. In 1986, two former ICSI (now IACS: International Association of Cryospheric … Continue reading

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Calving rates and impact on sea level (CRIOS project)

The research project ‘Calving rates and impact on sea level’ (CRIOS) has kept a number of my colleagues in Svalbard and elsewhere busy over recent years. Penny How, a PhD student at Edinburgh University is a bit of a pro-star at … Continue reading

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