New virtual field trips coming soon

After something of a hiatus due to the pandemic, I’m pleased to announce that there will be two new virtual field trips added to the site soon. One is a guided virtual field trip to Cwm Idwal (Snowdonia National Park, North Wales), which has been produced in collaboration with Dr Lynda Yorke (Bangor). This will … Read more

EFL Showcase 2020 In September I gave a presentation at the 10th Annual Showcase for the Enhancing Fieldwork Learning project, expertly hosted by the University of Chester. You can watch a recording of my talk above. Perhaps more usefully, the following link takes you to a YouTube playlist where you can watch any or all of the … Read more

New Video

screenshot of VR Glaciers video This video provides a short overview of VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes. It has captions, so if you don’t like the music or my voice (or both), there is a fall-back for you.

Coming Soon: Additional Teaching Resources

I’m aware that one of the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak has been a temporary shift to online teaching. I’m mindful of this, and I am currently in the process of putting together additional teaching resources that I hope will help. These are aimed at universities in the first instance, but they could be adapted … Read more

Article in ‘Geography’ on VR Glaciers

I wrote an article about VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes that appears in the Autumn 2019 edition of ‘Geography’, published by the Geographical Association.  It includes some suggestions as to how the resource can be used in the classroom. Examples include landform and landscape interpretation exercises; studying glacier response to climate change; spatial literacy, GIS … Read more

Col du Sanetsch – another virtual field trip

Why not have a look at the newly-launched Sanetsch Pass virtual field trip? As always, there is plenty to see, including impressive alpine scenery. Those more interested in human activities also have something to look at, with settlements, tourism, and other things to contemplate. One thing you will not see, unfortunately, is the Tsanfleuron Glacier. … Read more

Using VR Headsets

We will be exploring the use of VR Headsets in the coming year, starting with the recently released Oculus Quest. We have already been able to establish that it does not work when viewing our virtual field trips in immersive mode. This is a technical issue that we will address in the coming year. In … Read more

Moiry Valley update

Moiry Valley virtual field trip

The Moiry Valley virtual field trip now has additional imagery that allows you to explore the western side of the valley. This was collected in June 2019, shortly after a very snowy week in the Alps. The amount of snow limited what we could do in the field, and our planned traverse of the upper … Read more

AROLLA VALLEY – time-travel to 2006!

I was looking through some old files, when I stumbled upon some virtual fieldwork photos from 2006. The quality reflects the equipment I was using at that time (a Canon 350D), although I was able to improve upon the original imagery by re-processing in my currently workflow. There are 14 sites, extending from Satarma all … Read more

We’re at the GA Conference in Manchester!

Alan Dixon and I have arrived at the Geographical Association Annual Conference in Manchester, where we have an exhibition stand and workshop for the VR Glaciers resource. If you’re around, please do stop by and say hello! For lovers of cold environments, Bethan Davies ( and Richard Waller are also at the conference. 🙂