Glacier hydrology, Russell Glacier, Greenland

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Location: Russell Glacier, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Map:  67.10 N, 50.15 W

Leader: Abbigale Bennett     Members: 5 other undergraduate students

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

Objectives: Evaluate the impact of surface roughness on melt of the Russell Glacier. Repeatedly survey areas with different debris characteristics in order to assess its impact on melt. Investigate the impact of debris on water and sediment flux in supraglacial streams. Investigate the characteristics of the hydrological system.Quantify ice loss into a proglacial lake. Assess the influence of glacier outburst floods on proglacial lake geomorphology.

Dates: 3 August to 7 September 2015

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14 July: Ablation sensor under construction

28 July: First member leaves for Copenhagen

17 August: "The most beautiful place I have ever been"

6 September: "After five weeks of camping we are finally back in civilisation"


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Supported by: Newcastle University,  Royal Geographical Society, Gino Watkins Memorial Fund

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