Quaternary geology and Paleoclimate

Ice sheets and glaciers

Ice sheets and glaciers are major components of the Quaternary environment. Knowledge about glacial history and present glacier activity are therefore essential for understanding the Quaternary time period.

Anna Hughes

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Our research is focusing on glacial history on different time scales:

  • The build-up and decay of the large scale continental ice sheets that have characterized the Quaternary
  • Local glaciers and how they have responded to climate change up to the present

The research is based on geomorphological mapping and on studies of glacial sediments exposed on land and retrieved from cores in lake basins. We also study glacial erosion and depositional processes. Together with chronological data, the results are used for reconstructions of past glacial environments.