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Author Archives: Henry

Moose hunting

On Håkøya, a small island close to Tromsø, moose can be found…or so we were told. Andrea suggested going over one Saturday to see what we could find. No guns, just cameras!

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One-way ticket to Norway

Life can often throw up unexpected opportunities, and last November was just one such example. I received a phone call at work, out the blue, from my former PhD supervisor asking what plans I had for when my contract finished in the new year. At the time things were looking fairly open so was keen […]

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The deepest hole in Antarctica

Glaciers are one of nature’s most powerful agents of erosion, and no better place is this evident than beneath the outlet glaciers of our current ice sheets. During a short project at the University of Sheffield examining glacial overdeepenings (essentially very deep holes in the ground), I was able to create automated scripts that could map […]

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Empirical-modelling perspectives on ice-retreat dynamics

Out today is a new publication in Earth Surface Dynamics written by myself and some colleagues that uses a fairly unique approach in the interpretation of palaeo ice-sheet dynamics. The setting for the research is Tremadog Bay in the Irish Sea Basin, a location close to the the confluence zone of the Irish Sea Ice […]

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Stanage Edge

It’s a real shame that with a National Park on my doorstep I haven’t managed to spend that much time exploring the surrounding countryside. However, this was made up for on Saturday when, after a short bus ride, four of us were dropped off at the county boundary of Derbyshire on the A57. We had […]

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To the top of Scotland

A group of us from the Geography department took the opportunity to drive up to Scotland with the aim of climbing Ben Nevis. As it turned out, we managed to pick a weekend when it wasn’t actually raining, and we rewarded with glorious clear skies! On the long drive back home we stopped off briefly […]

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One man and his dog

Today I was invited along to the sheepdog trials on the Longshaw estate. The only prior knowledge I had of this sport was from watching the film Babe, though was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be seeing any pigs running around. Aside from that disappointment, it actually looked incredibly difficult, but there certainly looked […]

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A2 Loubenegg

With Daren Cilau collapsed, it was looking like it would be a quiet few months digging-wise. We did, however, have the Fat Belly Boys’ summer retreat to Switzerland to look forward to! Last winter, Phil and Matt went out to join the Höhlenforschungsgemeinschaft Region Hohgant (HRH) caving club for a reccé of the cave ‘A2 […]

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New start in Sheffield

Since submitting my PhD last September I have been unemployed, although still managing to keep very busy! After some travelling, a PhD defence, and time utilising a grant to study Welsh/British ice sheet dynamics, I recently applied for a research post at Sheffield University exploring glacial ‘overdeepenings’ underneath Antarctica and Greenland. I was fortunate enough […]

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Drawing ice-sheet flowlines

When I wanted to draw flowlines for a modelled ice-sheet DEM I was surprised to find limited options in my usual GIS program ArcGIS 9.2. There is a tool in the 3D Analyst toolbar which gives a ‘steepest path’ on a raster, but it can’t be batch processed from multiple points for example. After hours […]

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