Introductory level websites
All About Glaciers
This is a good site to visit if you are completely new to the topic of glaciers. It is clearly written and attractively presented, although some of the illustrations look a little small when viewed on today’s high-resolution monitors. In terms of academic level, specifically in relation to school qualifications in England, this is more appropriate to GCSE rather than A-level qualifications. This resource is part of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (see below).
National Snow and Ice Data Center. 2019. All About Glaciers. Available at: https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/glaciers. (Accessed 23 February 2019)
This provides introductory content on glaciers and glacial environments, and looks suitable for use in schools (A-level, Scottish Highers etc.). The downloadable PDFs are clearly written and well-illustrated, and also fairly concise – likely a good thing for most people. It looks as though additional resources will be uploaded in due course; for example, there is a section on glacial erosion, but not one for glacial deposition.
Anderson, E. No date. COLDWEB. Available at: http://geomorphology.org.uk/edu-resources/coldweb. (Accessed 23 February 2019).
This is a collection of beautiful photos of glacial environments from around the world. The website authors (J Alean and M Hambrey) are accomplished photographers and researchers, and have published a book together of their photos [Hambrey, M and Alean, J. 2004. Glaciers (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press]. The photos on the website look rather small on the high-resolution monitors and data projectors common today.
Alean, J and Hambrey, M. 2019. Glaciers Online. Available at: https://www.swisseduc.ch/glaciers/. (Accessed 23 February 2019).
Antarctic Glaciers – Explaining the science of Antarctic glaciology
This is a fantastic, information-rich website that is suitable for a wide audience, including those new to glaciers. Although the emphasis is on Antarctica, there is still plenty of interest for those more interested in glaciers in general. Additional content has been added in recent months, making an already excellent website even better.
Davies, B. 2019. Antarctic Glaciers – Explaining the science of Antarctic glaciology. Available at: http://www.antarcticglaciers.org/(Accessed 23 February 2019).
Swiss Glacier Monitoring Network
View and download data on glacier length variations in the Swiss Alps. The virtual field trips in Virtual Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes include links to these data.
GLAMOS. 2019. Swiss Glacier Monitoring Network. Available at: https://www.glamos.ch/en/#/C14%2F10 (Accessed 23 February 2019)
National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
This website focuses on providing data for the cryosphere in general, as well as providing introductory educational resources (including the ‘All About Glaciers’ mini-site). The datasets could provide the basis for more advanced practical activities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
National Snow and Ice Data Center. 2019. National Snow & Ice Data Center. Available at: https://nsidc.org/. (Accessed 23 February 2019)