Updates from Cambridge: PhD, new OA paper, new project
Evan Miles passes PhD viva
Research team member Evan Miles, based at the University of Cambridge, has recently passed his PhD viva and will now be Dr Miles! His thesis, titled ‘Spatio-temporal variability and energy-balance implications of surface ponds on Himalayan debris-covered glaciers’ has combined remote sensing, field surveys, and numerical modelling to understand the role of supraglacial ponds.
New OA paper studying spatio-temporal variability of supraglacial ponds
Evan and several other team members have just had an Open Access paper published in the Journal of Glaciology based on one aspect of Evan’s doctoral work, Spatial, seasonal and interannual variability of supraglacial ponds in the Langtang Valley of Nepal, 1999–2013. The study uses 15 years of Landsat data (172 scenes) to analyse the variability of supraglacial ponds on a set of five debris-covered glaciers. This is a major advance in several ways, as prior studies have used only a few scenes to assess ponded area for debris-covered glaciers. The use of such an extensive dataset allowed the authors to also assess the spatial patterns of ponding and interannual changes in pond cover in a more robust way than has been done previously.
One of the most important results is the seasonal variability of ponds, which controls the role they can play in a glacier’s mass balance. Expect more news on that topic soon!
Evan Miles to start Post-Doc in Leeds
Finally, Evan has accepted a two-year research position at the University of Leeds to work with Dr Duncan Quincey, Dr Bryn Hubbard (Aberystwyth University), and Dr Ann Rowan (Sheffield University) as part of the NERC-funded EverDrill project. This is an exciting and ambitious effort to drill to the bed of Khumbu Glacier and install a sensor suite to understand englacial and subglacial processes, a first for the Himalaya, and a critical need identified by other MountainHydrology team members. More project info can be found here. Evan will continue to be peripherally involved in many MountainHydrology projects.