The members of the University of Portsmouth’s Glaciology Research Group (UoPG) have managed to secure a number of research and travel grants for the 2017 fieldwork season. Harold Lovell and Clare Boston, both senior lecturers in the department, have been awarded £937 from the Quaternary Research Association (QRA) for their planned fieldwork in Cumbria, UK. The project will employ the department’s ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to investigate the subsurface architecture of the Brampton kame belt. This is one of the largest glaciofluvial systems in the UK and holds valuable information about the deglaciation of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet.
The group’s PhD students Lauren Knight and Paul Weber have been equally successful in obtaining funding. Both have received grants from the University’s Science Faculty to support research placements overseas. Lauren will be working with the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) in Dublin on a project closely related to her PhD research in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland. Paul, whose PhD research focuses on plateau icefields in Norway, will collaborate with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) in Oslo.
In addition, Paul has been successful with two major fieldwork grants. He has been awarded the QRA’s New Research Workers’ Award (£900) and the Royal Geographical Society’s RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award (£2,000) to support his upcoming field campaign at the Øksfjordjøkelen icefield, northern Norway. His project will document the recessional landforms and retreat patterns of the icefield since the Little Ice Age (LIA) and examine how icefield recession dynamics are influenced by local topographic and hypsometric factors. The findings of this project will be useful to help predict the effect of future climate change on the retreat dynamics of small Arctic ice masses.
Altogether, a series of funding successes for UoPG.