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Testing low-cost sensors at Campi Flegrei in Italy.

A UCL team of Dr Christopher Kilburn (UCL Earth Sciences), Prof Steve Hailes (UCL Computer Science) and Lara Smale (PhD UCL Earth Sciences), in partnership with the Vesuvius Observatory - National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), conducted successful tests of prototype, low-cost sensors for monitoring gas emissions at active volcanoes. More...

Published: Apr 12, 2017 10:26:00 AM

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World’s Oldest Fossils Unearthed.

“Our discovery supports the idea that life emerged from hot, seafloor vents shortly after planet Earth formed. This speedy appearance of life on Earth fits with other evidence of recently discovered 3,700 million year old sedimentary mounds that were shaped by microorganisms. These discoveries demonstrate life developed on Earth at a time when Mars and Earth had liquid water at their surfaces, posing exciting questions for extra-terrestrial life. Therefore, we expect to find evidence for past life on Mars 4,000 million years ago, or if not, Earth may have been a special exception.” explained first author, PhD student Matthew Dodd (UCL Earth Sciences and the London Centre for Nanotechnology).  More...

Published: Mar 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM

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Forests and frost? Antarctica in a 400ppm CO2 world: evidence from the rock record

The MAPS Faculty Colloquium series is proud to present the talk by Prof Dame Jane Francis: More...

Published: Mar 1, 2017 6:00:00 PM

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Study of the Glacial Erosion in the Antarctic Peninsula.

The topographic evolution in Antarctica is vital to accurately reconstruct past glaciers, their sensitivity to climate change, and their contribution to sea level. I will be travelling to the Antarctic Peninsula to collect samples that I can use to measure the long-term pattern and physical processes of glacial erosion.
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Published: Feb 9, 2017 10:26:00 AM

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The Changing Arctic.

Prof. Julienne Stroeve participated in two international Arctic events during January, ArcticBaseCamp, a side meeting held in Davos, Switzerland during the World Economic Forum (WEF), and the Annual Arctic Frontiers meeting in Tromso, Norway. Both meetings brought together scientists, policy makers and industry to discuss the changing Arctic. At ArcticBaseCamp in Davos, a team of Arctic scientists presented state-of-the-art Arctic research to the world’s most powerful leaders. Prof. Julienne Stroeve from UCL delivered a keynote on the fate of Arctic sea ice. This talk was followed by presentations from former US vice president Al Gore and Christiana Figueres, the former Executive Secretary the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event was well attended by media and foreign leaders and plans are being made to include the event at next years WEF. More...

Published: Feb 9, 2017 10:26:00 AM

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Microdynamics of Ice.

Prof Peter Sammonds and Colleagues compiled and edited the theme issue of “Microdynamics of ice” published by the Philosophical transaction of the Royal Society A. This theme issue highlights some of the recent advances in the observations, analyses, theories, modelling and interpretation of ice microstructures and micro-deformation mechanisms. Among the contributors are @ES_UCL past and present researchers: Daniel L. Feltham, Peter M. Grindrod, Daniel C. Hatton, Ben Lishman, Ceri A. Middleton, Alexandra Seymour-Pierce. More...

Published: Jan 12, 2017 10:20:00 AM

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Prof David Dobson will be the first UCL Scientist in Residence at the Slade School of Art.

Congratulations to David Dobson, Professor of Earth Materials on his new appointment as the first  Scientist in Residence at the UCL Slade School of Art. Professor Dobson will be based in the Slade School of Fine Art for one year from January 2017. More...

Published: Jan 10, 2017 10:20:00 AM

PG Open Day

UCL Graduate Study Open Day.

Come and visit us at the UCL Graduate Study Open Day:
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Published: Nov 9, 2016 10:20:00 AM

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Dynamic Hazard Map of the Campi Flegrei Caldera.

Congratulations to Danielle Charlton, our PhD student (UCL Hazard Centre), who has won first prize for her dynamic hazard map of the Campi Flegrei caldera at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS).
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Published: Oct 25, 2016 10:20:00 AM

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Oxygen Levels were Key to Early Animal Evolution.

A recently graduated doctoral student from our department has just published strong evidence that oxygen levels were key to early animal evolution. Dr Rosalie Tostevin (now at Oxford University) was supervised by Professor Graham Shields-Zhou in a project studying some of the world’s oldest animal-based reef ecosystems in Namibia. Over the course of her PhD, she looked at various chemical tracers of oxygen, before settling on a unique combination of iron speciation, rare earth elements and sulphur isotopes. The study has been widely reported as the first one that is able to distinguish between bodies of water with low and high levels of oxygen (not simply distinguishing oxic from anoxic waters).  Rosalie shows in her work, published in Nature Communications, that poorly oxygenated waters did not support the complex life that evolved immediately prior to the Cambrian Period, suggesting the presence of oxygen was a key factor in their appearance. More...

Published: Sep 13, 2016 10:20:00 AM