Glacier Lake Outburst Floods in Chilean Patagonia – detection, prediction and impacts
About the project or challenge area
Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) occur when meltwater drains catastrophically from lakes damned by moraine or by a glacier margin. In Chilean Patagonia, GLOFS are becoming increasingly hazardous as ice-dammed lake volumes increase with glacier retreat. This project will investigate GLOFs at Steffen Glacier which drains the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. Here, >2 GLOFs are reported every summer and are becoming a risk to human life. Using 3 year records of river water stage (via sensors), time lapse photography and 30 years of satellite data (e.g. Sentinel), the project aims to determine the characteristics, frequency and causes of the GLOFS. It will go onto propose solutions for early warning systems, in collaboration with project partners in Chile.
Why choose this opportunity?
You may have the opportunity to join a field expedition to Steffen Glacier, Chile later in 2019 (experience permitting), though this is not required for the project.
Some background in hydrological processes, high level of fitness, expedition experience or remote camping and hiking (if interested in fieldwork).
How to apply
All students can apply using the button below, following the Masters by Research Admissions Statement (PDF, 187kB). Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).
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