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Postgraduate Taught Prize Winner 2014
Publication date: 19 February 2015
Lara Smale was awarded MAPS Faculty prize for impressive work in her MSc in Geophysical Hazards.
In her response to being awarded the MAPS Faculty prize, Lara stated: “I am both thrilled and stunned to receive this prize. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the UCL Hazard Centre and would like to express my gratitude to the staff and fellow students for making it such a great experience. My MSc research project was centred on risk communication during a volcanic emergency and how interdisciplinary methods can be applied to increase the likelihood of successful translation of physical science into an effective emergency response. This is a critical area of applied volcanology as misunderstandings between scientists, emergency managers and the media can transform an emergency into disaster. I would especially like to thank my supervisors for all of their time, guidance and support. I’m excited to be collaborating with them on a paper in the future.”
Prof Tom Barnard
Publication date: 9 February 2015
NERC: The Long-term Co-Evolution of Life and the Planet
Publication date: 2 February 2015
2011-2015 Programme summary at the 2014 Conference: Future perspectives in Earth System Science
ERC grant: Dr Anjali Goswami for research in evolution and vertebrate diversity
Publication date: 29 January 2015
2015 Careers Fair - 29th January
Publication date: 27 January 2015
Geophysics Price Medal awarded to Prof Brodholt
Publication date: 27 January 2015
On Friday 9 January the Royal Astronomical Society announced the Society’s medals and awards for 2015. The prizes honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to astronomy and geophysics. The recipients will be invited to receive their awards at the 2015 National Astronomy Meeting, which will be held in Llandudno during July.
World's Biggest Landslide Floated Like a Hovercraft
Publication date: 21 January 2015
The Heart Mountain landslide of northwest Wyoming is the largest known
sub-aerial landslide on Earth. During its emplacement more than 2000 km3 of Paleozoic sedimentary and Eocene volcanic rocks slid >45 km
on a basal detachment surface dipping 2°, leading to 100 yr of debate
regarding the emplacement mechanisms. "Even I have a hard time visualizing a mountain moving 50 kilometers, but you can move it if the friction is low enough," said lead
study author Tom Mitchell.
Arctic sea ice level recovery in 2014
Publication date: 19 December 2014
Despite a well-documented ~40% decline in summer Arctic sea ice extent
since the late 1970’s, it has been difficult to estimate trends in sea
ice volume because thickness observations have been spatially incomplete
and temporally sporadic. While numerical models suggest that the
decline in extent has been accompanied by a reduction in volume, there
is considerable disagreement over the rate at which this has occurred.
NERC funded PhD Opportunities
Publication date: 12 December 2014
MSci students join international research project in Chile.
Publication date: 8 December 2014
As part of their independent research project two MSci
students, Joe Potten and Rebecca Pearce are taking part in a larger 4-year Chilean-funded project involving Tom Mitchell
(UCL), Jose Cembrano and Gonzalo Yanez ,both from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. This project aims to
focus on the nature and tectono-magmatic significance of transverse crustal
structures in the Andes, with some selected case studies from the Southern