AGP Chamonix Field Trip, 2019

The 2019 Alpine Glacier Project Chamonix field trip is underway. 11 students from the University of Salford are participating in a week long field study of the glaciated basins of the Chamonix valley, measuring water quality and quantity at Le Tour, Glacier d’Argentiere and the Mer de Glace.

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MSc by Research in Environmental Sciences in Partnership with the AGP

As part of the University of Salford industry collaboration strategy the School of Environment and Life Sciences has created a new commercial unit; AquaUoS (http://aquauos.salford.ac.uk), an initiative to bring enterprise activity and a greater understanding of industry into the curriculum for students. The aim is to develop a wide portfolio of water / river related projects, together with new external partnerships in the field of environmental monitoring and management.

In partnership with the Alpine Glacier Project, AquaUoS is delighted to announce its intention to award a £5,000 scholarship in the form of a full-time UK/EU MSc bursary to the successful applicant for an MSc (by research) into the Understanding the impact of glacial sediments on river channel form in the UK.

Applications are welcomed from students with an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography. Applicants with good undergraduate performance in fluvial geomorphology / glaciology modules are particularly encouraged to apply. To be considered for this scholarship you must apply by 24th March 2019.

To apply please send a copy of your academic transcripts for all previous degrees, a CV, the contact details of two referees and a short statement of purpose linked to the project below to aquauos@salford.ac.uk

Understanding the impact of glacial sediments on river channel form in the UK

Much of Britain was covered by ice during several “Ice Ages” over the last 500,000 years. The most recent one ended only 10,000 years ago and fluvial systems have been adjusting during an ameliorating climate during the Holocene. Human intervention has significantly modified natural fluvial form and flow and sediment process have suffered major disruption giving a false impression of fluvial functioning in the UK. Recent reductions in channel management have seen many watercourses alter their character locally as they react to a less constrained environment with active single-thread, wandering and anastomosing channels developing.

This MSc will analyze the distribution of these new channel types exploring the possibility that legacy glacial and fluvio-glacial sediments are exerting a significant control on functional channel form influencing the active bedload sediment regime and subsequent erosion and deposition.

Applicants should have a 1st class undergraduate degree, or a 2:1 degree may be considered if combined with strong experience geomorphological / glaciological expertise.

Closing date: 24th March 2019

Interviews: Friday 29 March 2019

Studentships: will start no later than: 1st May 2019

The supervisory team of Dr George Heritage and Dr. Neil Entwistle can be contacted for further information via email: aquauos@salford.ac.uk

Zermatt in January 2019

Stunning photos of Zermatt this winter, thanks to Martin Mountain Bike. Night time temperatures have been as low as -15 Celsius Degrees. Avid students of Hydrology will thus note the likely groundwater source of the Findelenbach 🙂

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The Matterhorn from Findelen Village
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Groundwater in the Findelenbach
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Looking towards base camp at Findelen – just visible is the Grande Dixence hut

AGP Publication – Science of The Total Environment

Our most recent paper has just been published in Science of The Total Environment. Key highlights include:

  • Glacier cover not determiner of temperature in rivers draining glaciated basins.
  • Stream surface area best determines water temperature in Swiss glacier-fed rivers.
  • Glacier-fed rivers have a unique seasonal temperature regime.
  • Glacier cover is a surrogate for stream surface area in glacier-fed river systems.
  • Despite increasing flow, some glacier-fed rivers will warm due to climate change.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969718350782

100000 Years of Changing Alpine Glaciation

Using the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM), Seguinot et al (2018) model the entire last glacial cycle (120–0 ka) in the Alps. This paper shows interesting results using climate forcing by two sources: present-day climate data from WorldClim and the ERA-Interim reanalysis; time-dependent temperature offsets from multiple palaeo-climate proxies. 

Seguinot, J., Ivy-Ochs, S., Jouvet, G., Huss, M., Funk, M., and Preusser, F.: Modelling last glacial cycle ice dynamics in the Alps, The Cryosphere, 12, 3265-3285, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3265-2018, 2018.