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Anna Hughes

Associate Professor, Quaternary Earth Systems
  • E-mailAnna.Hughes@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 81 09
  • Visitor Address
    University of Manchester
    School of Environment, Education & Development
    1.039, Arthur Lewis Building
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

I am interested in ice sheets and glaciers, and their interaction with climate. I use traces left by the action of ice movement preserved in the landscape to reconstruct the past size, movement and dynamics of former ice masses.

My research to date has included: geomorphological mapping of glacial landforms across Britain, primarily using digital elevation models but also in the field; identification of glacial trimlines in south-east Greenland using multi-spectral satellite imagery; and 10Be exposure dating of glacially streamlined surfaces and erratic boulders in Greenland and Norway to determine ice-retreat rates.

ORCID: 0000-0001-8584-5202

Scopus Author ID: 20436383200

ResearcherID: J-5628-2015


GEOV223 Quaternary sea-level changes (2012-2018)

GEOV228 Quaternary geochronology (2012-2018)

GEOV229 Geomorphology (Spring 2013)

Publications in Google scholar

Ng, F.S.L., Hughes, A.L.C. 2018: Reconstructing ice‐flow fields from streamlined subglacial bedforms: a kriging approach. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi:10.1002/esp.4538

Dyke, L. M., HughesA.L.C.,  Andresen, C. S., Murray, T., Hiemstra, J. F., Bjørk, A. A.Rodés, Á. 2018: The deglaciation of coastal areas of southeast Greenland. The Holocene doi: 10.1177/0959683618777067

Petrini, M., Colleoni, F., Kirchner, N., Hughes, A. L. C., Camerlenghi, A., Rebesco, M., Lucchi, R. G., Forte, E., Colucci, R. R,. Noormets, R. 2018: Interplay of grounding-line dynamics and sub-shelf melting during retreat of the Bjørnøyrenna Ice Stream. Scientific Reports 8: 7196. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-25664-6

Rainsley, E.; Menviel, L.; Fogwill, C.J.; Turney, C.S.M.; Hughes, A.L.C.; Rood, D.H. 2018. Greenland ice mass loss during the Younger Dryas driven by Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation feedbacks. Scientific Reports 8: 11307. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-29226-8

Clark, C.D., Ely, J.C., Greenwood, S.L., Hughes, A.L.C., Meehan, R., Barr, I.D., Bateman, M.D., Bradwell, T., Doole, J., Evans, D.J.A., Jordan, C.J., Monteys, X., Pellicer, X.M. & Sheehy, M. 2017: BRITICE Glacial Map, version 2: a map and GIS database of glacial landforms of the last British–Irish Ice Sheet. Boreas. doi: 10.1111/bor.12273

Clark, C.D., Ely, J.C., Spagnolo, M., Hahn, U., Hughes, A.L.C., Stokes, C.R. 2017: Spatial organization of drumlins. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.4192

Dyke, L.M., Andresen, C.S., Seidenkrantz, M-S., Hughes, A.L.C., Hiemstra, J.F., Murray, T., Bjørk, A.A., Sutherland, D.A., Vermassen, F. 2017: Minimal Holocene retreat of large tidewater glaciers in Køge Bugt, southeast Greenland. Scientific Reports, 7, 12330. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12018-x

Ely, J.C., Clark, C.D., Spagnolo, M., Hughes, A.L.C., Stokes, C.R. 2017: Using the size and position of drumlins to understand how they grow, interact and evolve. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi: 10.1002/esp.4241

Evans, D.J.A., Hughes, A.L.C., Hansom, J.D., Roberts, D.H. 2017. Scottish Landform Examples 43: Glacifluvial Landforms of Strathallan, Perthshire. Scottish Geographical Journal, 133, 42-53. doi: 10.1080/14702541.2016.1254276

Hughes, A.L.C., Gyllencreutz, R., Lohne, Ø.S., Mangerud, J., Svendsen, J.I. 2016. The last Eurasian Ice Sheets - a chronological database and time-slice reconstruction, DATED-1. Boreas, 45, 1-45, doi:10.1111/bor.12142

Ely, J.C., Clark, C.D., Spagnolo, M., Stokes, C.R., Greenwood, S.L., Hughes, A.L.C., Dunlop, P., Hess, D. 2016. Do subglacial bedforms comprise a size and shape continuum? Geomorphology, 257, 108-119. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.01.001

Mangerud, J., Aarseth, I., Hughes, A.L.C., Lohne, Ø.S., Skår, K., Sønstegaard, E., Svendsen, J.I. 2016. A major re-growth of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet in western Norway during Allerød-Younger Dryas. Quaternary Science Reviews, 132, 175-205, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.11.013

Hillier, J.K., Smith, M.J., Armugam, R., Barr, I., Boston, C.M., Clark, C.D., Ely, J., Fankl, A., Greenwood, S.L., Gosselin, L., Hättestrand, C., Hogan, K., Hughes, A.L.C., Livingstone, S.J., Lovell, H., McHenry, M., Munoz, Y., Pellicer, X.M., Pellitero, R., Robb, C., Roberson, S., Rüther, D., Spagnolo, M., Standell, M., Stokes, C.R., Storrar, R., Tate N.J., Wooldridge K. 2015. Manual mapping of drumlins in synthetic landscapes to assess operator effectiveness, Journal of Maps, 11:5, 719-729, doi:10.1080/17445647.2014.957251

Murray, T., Scharrer, K., Selmes, N., Booth, A.D., James, T.D., Bevan, S.L., Bradley, J., Cook, S., Cordero Llana, L., Drocourt, Y., Dyke, L., Goldsack, A., Hughes, A.L.C., Luckman, A.J., and McGovern, J. 2015. Extensive retreat of Greenland tidewater glaciers 2000-2010. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 47, 427-447. doi: 10.1657/AAAR0014-049

Stokes, C.R., Tarasov, L., Blomdin R., Cronin, T.M., Fisher, T.G., Gyllencreutz, R., Hättestrand, C., Heyman, J., Hindmarsh, R.C.A.,  Hughes, A.L.C., Jakobsson, M., Kirchner, N., Livingstone, S.J., Margold, M., Murton, J.B., Noormets, R., Peltier, W.R., Peteet, D.M., Piper, D.J.W., Preusser, F., Renssen, H. Roberts, D.H., Roche, D.M., Saint-Ange, F., Stroeven, A.P., Teller, J.T. 2015. On the reconstruction of palaeo-ice sheets: Recent advances and future challenges. Quaternary Science Reviews, 125, 15-49, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.07.016

Hughes, A.L.C., Clark, C.D., Jordan, C.J. 2014. Flow-pattern evolution of the last British Ice Sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews, 89, 148-168. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.02.002

Dyke, L.M., Hughes, A.L.C., Murray, T., Hiemstra, J.F., Andresen, C.S., Rodés, Á. 2014. Evidence for the asynchronous retreat of large outlet glaciers in southeast Greenland at the end of the last glaciation, Quaternary Science Reviews, 99, 244-259, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.06.001

Fowler, A.C., Spagnolo, M., Clark, C.D., Stokes, C.R., Hughes, A.L.C., Dunlop, P. 2013. On the size and shape of drumlins. GEM - International Journal on Geomathematics.4, 155-165. doi:10.1007/s13137-013-0050-0

Hughes, A.L.C., Rainsley, E., Murray, T., Fogwill, C.J., Schnabel, C., Xu, S. 2012. Rapid response of Helheim Glacier, southeast Greenaland, to early Holocene climate warming. Geology, 40, 427-430. doi: 10.1130/​G32730.1 Full text here

Bigg, G.R., Clark, C.D., Greenwood, S.L., Haflidason, H., Hughes, A.L.C., Levine, R.C., Nygård, A., Sejrup, H.P. 2012. Sensitivity of the North Atlantic circulation to break-up of the marine sectors of the NW European ice sheets during the last Glacial: A synthesis of modelling and palaeoceanography. Global and Planetary Change, 98-99, 153-165. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.09.004

Clark, C.D., Hughes, A.L.C., Greenwood, S.L., Jordan, C.J., Sejrup, H-P. 2012. Pattern and timing of retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews, 44, 112-146. doi:10.1016/j.quatscirev.2010.07.019

Spagnolo, M., Clark, C.D., Hughes, A.L.C. 2012. Drumlin relief. Geomorphology, 153-154, 179-191. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.02.023

Hughes, A.L.C., Greenwood, S.L., Clark, C.D. 2011. Dating constraints on the last British-Irish Ice Sheet: a map and database, Journal of Maps, v2011, 156-183. doi:10.4113/jom.2011.1145.

Spagnolo, M., Clark, C.D., Hughes, A.L.C., Dunlop, P. 2011. The topography of drumlins; assessing their long profile shape. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36, 780-804. doi:10.1002/esp.2107

Hughes, A.L.C., Clark, C.D., Jordan, C.J. 2010. Subglacial bedforms of the last British Ice Sheet. Journal of Maps, v2010, 543-563. doi:10.4113/jom.2010.1111

Bigg, G.R., Levine, R.C., Clark, C.D., Greenwood, S.L., Haflidason, H., Hughes, A.L.C., Nygård, A., Sejrup, H.P. 2010. Last Glacial ice-rafted debris off south-western Europe: the role of the British-Irish Ice Sheet. Journal of Quaternary Science, 25, 689-699. doi:10.1022/jqs.1345

Murray, T., Scharrer, K., James, T.D., Dye, S.R., Hanna, E., Booth, A.D., Selmes, N., Luckman, A., Hughes, A.L.C., Cook, S., Huybrechts, P. 2010. Ocean regulation hypothesis for glacier dynamics in southeast Greenland and implications for ice sheet mass changes. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, F03026. doi:10.1029/2009JF001522

Spagnolo, M., Clark, C.D., Hughes, A.L.C., Dunlop, P., Stokes, C.R. 2010. The planar shape of drumlins. Sedimnetary Geology, 232, 119-129. doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2010.01.008

Clark, C.D., Hughes, A.L.C., Greenwood, S.L., Spagnolo, M., Ng, F.S.L. 2009. Size and shape characteristics of drumlins, derived from a large sample, and associated scaling laws. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 677-692. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.08.035

Bigg, G.R., Clark, C.D., Hughes, A.L.C. 2008. A last glacial ice sheet on the Pacific Russian coast and catastrophic change arising from coupled ice-volcanic interaction. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 265, 559-570. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2007.10.052

Greenwood, S.L., Clark, C.D., Hughes, A.L.C. 2007. Formalising an inversion methodology for the reconstruction of ice sheet retreat patterns from meltwater channels: application to the British Ice Sheet. Journal of Quaternary Science, 22, 637-645. doi:10.1002/jqs.1083

RISES Quantifying and understanding rates of ice sheet change



GLIMPSE Project, Swansea University

BRITICE CHRONO, University of Sheffield

2009 PhD ‘The last British Ice Sheet: a reconstruction based on glacial landforms’, University of Sheffield and British Geological Survey

2004 MSc Quaternary Science, University of London

2002 BSc Physical Geography, University of Sheffield