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This page, which is a work in progress, is for general content that is relevant to the topic of glaciers and glaciated landscapes. If you have any recommendations for a resource that you feel should be listed here, please get in touch.

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)

COLDWEB

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).

Glaciers Online

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).

Intermediate websites

TOP PICK:

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)

Advanced websites

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)

Quaternary Research Association (QRA)

“We are an organisation comprising archaeologists, botanists, civil engineers, geographers, geologists, soil scientists, zoologists and others interested in research into the problems of the Quaternary.”

QRA (no date). Quaternary Research Association. Available at: https://www.qra.org.uk/ (Accessed 23 February 2019).

British Society for Geomorphology

BSG (no date). British Society for Geomorphology. Available at: https://geomorphology.org.uk/ (Accessed 23 February 2019).

This is a work in progress, and I’m starting with the textbooks that I have and use regularly. Feel free to send me your own recommendations.
 

School level

TBC

University level

Benn, DI and Evans, DJA. 2010. Glaciers and Glaciation (2nd ed.). Routledge.

This is a comprehensive textbook, covering everything you’re ever likely to want to know about glaciers and ice sheets, and a whole lot more besides. Clearly written and extensively illustrated, this weighty textbook is a worthwhile purchase for more advanced undergraduate studies, as well as postgraduate-level and beyond.

Bennett, MM and Glasser, NF, 2009. Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.

Although not as encyclopaedic in its coverage as Benn and Evans (2010), this is still an excellent textbook. Its more concise approach works well, and the academic level is suitable for advanced undergraduate courses. Note that in-text citations are not provided, although suggested reading is provided at the end of each chapter).

General

Hambrey, M and Alean, J. 2004. Glaciers (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press

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This website allows you to explore glaciers and glaciated landscapes using virtual field trips. High quality, 360 degree interactive panoramas (panospheres) allow you to look all around and zoom in on features of interest – a bit like Google Streetview ©.

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Last updated: August 2019