Centre for Glaciology


Since its foundation in 1994 as a formal research unit within Aberystwyth University, the Centre for Glaciology has become one of the leading British research groups concerned with the study of glaciers and their sedimentary products.

The Centre aims to identify and measure cryospheric processes and evaluate their role in past, present and future global environmental change. The emphasis on field research in process glaciology is intended to provide realistic constraints on the development of numerical models, and to underpin the interpretation of past glacial records.

Our core research themes are glacier dynamics, palaeoglaciology and applied glaciology.

Facilities include a Cryoflux system and dedicated laboratory, drilling equipment and a remote sensing/modelling facility.

Our field research covers a broad geographical spread, and we collaborate with colleagues in many countries. In recent years these have included Antarctica, Greenland, Britain, Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia, mainland Norway, Svalbard, the Swiss, Austrian and French Alps, the Nepalese Himalaya, New Zealand, the Peruvian Andes and the Yukon.

To support our research, the Centre offers a Ph.D. programme and a one-year M.Sc. in Glaciology.