The Bristol Glaciology Centre uses a combination of fieldwork, remote sensing, numerical modelling, experimental and theoretical approaches to investigate the following two principal research themes.
...deals with the measurement and modelling of large ice sheets, such as in Antarctica and Greenland, and assesses how they interact and change with global climate, both now, in the past, and to enable predictions of the future.
...investigates microbial and chemical processes in surface and subglacial environments, upscalling these processes to assess their impacts on local, regional and global biogeochemical cycles.
Members of the Bristol Glaciology Centre study cold and ice-covered regions across the globe, from the Arctic to Antarctic, applying methods ranging from field research and laboratory studies to remote sensing and numerical modelling. The BGC is home to roughly a dozen associated faculty and many post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates. Research at the Centre also includes the related disciplines of climatology, oceanography, and biology.
The Low Temperature Experimental Facility (LOWTEX) is a unique national research facility focussed upon biogeochemical processes in freshwater systems, including low temperature environments.
In a talk given at the International Glaciological Society meeting in Bristol in September 2014, Prof John Nye looks back on his academic career and tells us about the history of Glaciology.