Prof Edward Hanna to Receive Excellence Award from Royal Meteorological Society

We’re delighted to announce that our School’s Professor in Climate Science and Meteorology and Royal Meteorological Society Fellow, Edward Hanna, will be receiving the International Journal of Climatology Editor’s Award from the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).

The awards ceremony, which celebrates the Awards and Prize Winners for 2017, will take place on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in London.

Prof Hanna on a previous trip to Greenland in 2012

Highly revered across the international community, the Society’s annual awards are a celebration of Fellows’ work and commitment to the Society.

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Prof Macklin continues New Zealand flood history research

Our Head of School, Professor Mark Macklin, has been undertaking field research as part of an ongoing project and appointment with Massey University, New Zealand.

Prof Macklin is working with a multi-national team to reconstruct flood histories from the current geological epoch known as the Holocene, which began 11,700 years ago, marking the end of the glacial phase of the most recent ice age.

The fieldwork is being undertaken in the Grebe Valley in Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand- chosen because it was blocked by a large landslide around 13,000 years ago and as a consequence, the lower part of the river valley has filled up with sediment.

Prof Macklin and his team cored this area down to a depth of c. 7m, with flood events showing sandy units in the cores. Overall, the group collected a total of 70m cores from more than a dozen sites. As these samples are cased in plastic, further work to determine the samples’ detailed stratigraphy will take place in specialist laboratories.

Below is footage of the group’s first flight into the Rover Glebe, Fiordland, carrying the team and their coring equipment. 

The findings of the study will be used to improve understanding of climate change impacts associated especially with the El Niño Southern Oscillation on extreme hydrological events in the South Pacific, including New Zealand.

Footage below showing the stunning view of the flight back to Manapouri, where the group stayed.

This is part of a wider project with Massey and Lincoln studying the controls of large floods with research already completed in the Manawatu, Whanganui (last year’s video) and Lower Hutt (subject of a BBC 2 Wales Week in Week Out programme on flooding shown in February 2016? You should be able to find this on their website) Rivers, North Island, New Zealand. This information is being used by the flood risk agencies in both the Wellington, Palmerston North and Whanganui regions.

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Recent Advances in Remote Sensing of Volcanoes

On Monday 22nd January 2018, the School of Geography welcomed Guest Lecturer, Dr Andrew McGonigle of the University of Sheffield, to deliver a seminar to students. 

Would you ever think your selfie device could be the next breakthrough in volcanic research? Dr McGonigle, Reader in Volcano Remote Sensing at the University of Sheffield, has developed the detection of UV light though the use of remote sensing using a smart phone device.

Dr Andrew McGonigle, University of Sheffield

Although this doesn’t sound like the most high-tech solution, it functions just as well as equipment valued at thousands of pounds, and could make for some interesting selfies!

In general, these technologies can be used to monitor the activity of all types of volcanoes across the world using ultraviolet cameras. This data have been used to unravel, for the first time from the perspective of gas flux data, the short-term dynamics of gas transport through magma and passive discharge to the atmosphere in a basaltic volcanic system.

Dr McGonigle’s technology will allows scientists to reach precarious locations, keeping them safe

These devices are now more widely used as they are easy to transport to remote areas and they are more disposable due to their low cost. When connected to drones they can fly below the volcanic plumes and detect wavelengths, so they do the precarious work, allowing scientists to stand at a safe distance.

The technology usage is now stretching beyond volcanoes and is being used in the research of the effects of the albedo effect on glaciers in places like Greenland.

You can find out more online.

Blog written by School of Geography students: Alisha Baskcomb, April Bentley, Owen Davies, Matt Godfrey, Alexandra Lilley, Michaela Loria and Jonathan Phillips