Bristol Glaciology Centre

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.

Ice sheet and glacial processes 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.

Subglacial environments

...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.

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MicroLab@Bristol employs a range of laboratory, field and modeling techniques to study how life excels in extreme cryo-environments and its role in globally relevant processes. We also work closer to home on several marine and freshwater topics.


The Low Temperature Experimental Facility is a unique national research facility focused on biogeochemical processes in freshwater systems, including low temperature environments.

Black and Bloom

Unravelling how dark particles and microbial processes accelerate the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet.


Attributing global sea level rise to its component parts.

Glaciology 65 years ago

Prof John Nye looks back on his academic career and the history of Glaciology.

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