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Profile: Henry Patton

Henry on Ushkovsky, Kamchatka, Russia.

Henry’s first forays into cryospheric research began at the University of Reading and UNIS, where, after graduating with a BSc. (Hons) in Physical Geography, he went on to gain an MSc. in Glaciology (Distinction) at Aberystwyth University. In September 2008, Henry returned to the Centre for Glaciology at Aberystwyth  to undertake a Ph.D numerically modelling the dynamic instabilities of the Welsh Ice Cap and Icelandic Ice Sheet, jointly funded by the department and the British Geological Survey. Following a brief research post at the University of Sheffield exploring controls on the location and evolution of subglacial overdeepening by ice sheets, Henry is now employed as a PDRA within the CAGE research group at the University of Tromsø, modelling the dynamic evolution of the marine-based Barents Sea ice sheet.

Email: henry.patton(at)uit.no

Twitter: @rhewlif

Research Interests

My principal areas of research include:

  • exploring drivers of ice-sheet dynamics and instabilities through empirically constrained numerical modelling
  • palaeo ice-sheet reconstruction
  • glacial landscape evolution
  • development of GIS and spatial analysis techniques

  • Auriac, A., Whitehouse, P.L., Bentley, M.J., Patton, H., Lloyd, J.M., Hubbard, A. Glacial isostatic adjustment associated with the Barents Sea ice sheet: A modelling inter-comparison. Quaternary Science Reviews, In Press, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.02.011. Abstract
  • Patton, H., Swift, D.A., Clark, C.D., Livingstone, S.J., Cook, S.J., 2016. Distribution and characteristics of overdeepenings beneath the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets: Implications for overdeepening origin and evolution. Quaternary Science Reviews 148, 128-145, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.07.012. Abstract
  • Winsborrow, M.C.M., Andreassen, K., Hubbard, A., Plaza-Faverola, A., Gudlaugsson, E., Patton, H., 2016. Regulation of ice stream flow through subglacial formation of gas hydrates. Nature Geoscience 9, 370-374, doi:10.1038/ngeo2696. Abstract
  • Patton, H., Andreassen, K., Bjarnadóttir, L.R., Dowdeswell, J.A., Winsborrow, M.C.M., Noormets, R., Polyak, L., Auriac, A., Hubbard A., 2015. Geophysical constraints on the dynamics and retreat of the Barents Sea ice sheet as a paleobenchmark for models of marine ice sheet deglaciation. Reviews of Geophysics 53(4), 1051-1098, doi:10.1002/2015RG000495. Abstract
  • Doyle, S., Hubbard, A., Van De Wal, R.S.W., van As, D., Scharrer, K., Meierbachtol, T.W., Smeets, P.C.J.P., Harper, J.T., Johansson, E., Mottram, R.H., Mikkelsen, A.B., Wilhelms, F., Patton, H., Christoffersen, P., Hubbard, B., 2015. Amplified melt and flow of the Greenland ice sheet driven by late-summer cyclonic rainfall. Nature Geoscience 8, 647-653, doi:10.1038/ngeo2482. Abstract
  • Patton, H., Swift, D. A., Clark, C. D., Livingstone, S. J., Cook, S. J., Hubbard, A., 2015. Automated mapping of glacial overdeepenings beneath contemporary ice sheets: Approaches and potential applications. Geomorphology 232, 209-223, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.01.003Abstract
  • Chauché, N., Hubbard, A., Gascard, J-C., Box, J. E., Bates, R., Koppes, M., Sole, A., Christoffersen, P., Patton, H., 2014. Ice–ocean interaction and calving front morphology at two west Greenland tidewater outlet glaciers. The Cryosphere 8(4), 1457-1468, doi:10.5194/tc-8-1457-2014Abstract
  • Patton, H., Hubbard, A., Bradwell, T., Glasser, N. F., Hambrey, M. J., and Clark, C. D., 2013. Rapid marine deglaciation: asynchronous retreat dynamics between the Irish Sea Ice Stream and terrestrial outlet glaciers. Earth Surface Dynamics 1, 53-65, doi:10.5194/esurf-1-53-2013Abstract
  • Patton, H., Hubbard, A., Glasser, N.F., Bradwell, T., Golledge, N.R., 2013. The last Welsh Ice Cap: Part 2 – Dynamics of a topographically controlled ice cap. Boreas 42(3), 491-510, doi:10.1111/j.1502-3885.2012.00301.x. Abstract
  • Patton, H., Hubbard, A., Glasser, N.F., Bradwell, T., Golledge, N.R., 2013. The last Welsh Ice Cap: Part 1 – Modelling its evolution, sensitivity and associated climate. Boreas 42(3) 471-490, doi:10.1111/j.1502-3885.2012.00300.x. Abstract
  • Kuchar, J., Milne, G., Hubbard, A., Patton, H., Bradley, S., Shennan, I., Edwards, R., 2012. Evaluation of a numerical model of the British-Irish Ice Sheet using relative sea-level data: implications for the interpretation of trimline observations. Journal of Quaternary Science 27(6), 597-605, doi:10.1002/jqs.2552Abstract
  • Patton, H. and Hambrey, M., 2009. Ice-marginal sedimentation associated with the Late Devensian Welsh Ice Cap and the Irish Sea Ice Stream: Tonfanau, West Wales. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 120(4), 256-274, doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2009.10.004Abstract
  • Hubbard A., Bradwell, T., Golledge, N., Hall, A., Patton, H., Sugden, D., Cooper, R., Stoker, M., 2009. Dynamic cycles, ice streams and their impact on the extent, chronology and deglaciation of the British-Irish ice sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews 28, 758-776, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.12.026Abstract