Prof Bryn Hubbard

BA Geography (University of Oxford) PhD (University of Cambridge)

Prof Bryn Hubbard

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2013 Director of Research, Institute of Geography, History, Politics and Psychology, Aberystwyth University.

2011 Director of Research, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.

2011 Professor, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.

2009 Director of the Centre for Glaciology, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.

2005-2011 Reader in Glaciology. Centre for Glaciology, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, UW Aberystwyth.

2001-2004 Senior Lecturer in Glaciology. Centre for Glaciology, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, UW Aberystwyth.

1994-2000 Lecturer in Glaciology. Centre for Glaciology, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, UW Aberystwyth.

1992-1994 Post-doctoral Research Associate. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. ('Water storage, drainage evolution and water quality in Alpine glacial environments').

1988-1992 Ph.D. Glaciology. Fitzwilliam College and Department of Geography, University of Cambridge ('Basal ice facies and their formation in the western Alps').

1983-1986 B.A. Geography (First Class). Christ Church and School of Geography, University of Oxford.

Additional Information

Postgraduate Students

PDRA

Name: Dr David Ashmore Project: Impact of Surface Melt and Ponding on Ice Shelf Dynamics and Stability (MIDAS)
Funding source: NERC

Name: Dr. Sam Doyle Project: Subglacial Access and Fast Ice Research Experiment (SAFIRE)
Funding source: NERC
Employment dates: Dec. 2013 - April 2017

PHD

Student name: Ms. Katie Miles Student primary affiliation: Aberystwyth University
Thesis title: Subglacial hydrology of Himalayan, debris-covered glaciers
Funding source: Aberystwyth University Supervisory role: Primary Advisor
Status: Currently in 1st yr

Student name: Mr. Stephen Brough Student primary affiliation: Aberystwyth University
Thesis title: Dynamic glaciology of glacier-like forms on Mars
Funding source: Aberystwyth University
Supervisory role: Primary supervisor
Status: Currently in 3rd yrStudent name: Mr. Stephen Jennings Student primary affiliation: Aberystwyth University
Thesis title: Origin of foliation in ice masses
Funding source: NERC
Supervisory role: Advisory team
Status: Currently in 4th yr

Student name: Mr. Pierre Lardeux Student primary affiliation: Aberystwyth University
Thesis title: Modelling debris-covered glaciers
Funding source: Aberystwyth University
Supervisory role: Advisory team
Status: Currently in 3rd yr

Teaching

Research

Research Interests

Current research interests include:

  • links between subglacial drainage and ice motion via hot-water borehole access (CRIOS, SAFIRE & RResearch Projects).
  • ice shelf structure and ice characteristics, including ice coring and hot-water drilling (IceCon and MIDAS Research Projects).
  • the physical character of glacier ice and basal ice.
  • optical televiewing (OPTV) of boreholes in glaciers, ice sheets and ice shelves.
    • technique development: Tsanfleuron Glacier, Switzerland.
    • structural glaciology and sediment transfer: Midre Lovénbreen, Svalbard.
    • ice shelf structure: Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf and Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica.
    • ice sheet structure: NEEM deep borehole, Greenland.
  • causes and consequences of the formation of basal ice.
  • the structure and dynamics of glacial lakes and drainage systems.
  • subglacial sediment characteristics.
  • the occurrence and physical characteristics of glacier-like forms on Mars.

Research experience includes 28 consecutive years of fieldwork at glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, Svalbard, the European Alps, Peru, the Canadian Rockies, Norway, and the Canadian Arctic.

Current community activities include:

  • Editor-in-Chief: _Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface.
  • Core Member: Natural Environment Research Council's Peer Review College
  • Scientific Editor: Annals of Glaciology.
  • Review Committee Member: Geology.
  • UK Correspondent: _International Glaciological Society.
  • UK Correspondent: _International Association of Cryospheric Sciences.

Research Groups

Publications

Intense winter surface melt on an Antarctic ice shelfMunneke, P. K., Luckman, A. J., Bevan, S. L., Smeets, C. J. P. P., Gilbert, E., Van Den Broeke, M. R., Wang, W., Zender, C., Hubbard, B., Ashmore, D., Orr, A., King, J. C. & Kulessa, B. 2018 In : Geophysical Research Letters.44
Physical conditions of fast glacier flow: 2.: Variable extent of anisotropic ice and soft basal sediment from seismic reflection data acquired on Store Glacier, West GreenlandHofstede, C., Christoffersen, P., Hubbard, B., Doyle, S. H., Young, T. J., Diez, A., Eisen, O. & Hubbard, A. 2018 In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.
Physical conditions of fast glacier flow: 1. Measurements from boreholes drilled to the bed of Store Glacier in West GreenlandDoyle, S., Hubbard, B., Christoffersen, P., Young, T. J., Hofstede, C., Bougamont, M., Box, J. E. & Hubbard, A. 2018 In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.
Assessing the applicability of terrestrial laser scanning for mapping englacial conduitsKamintzis, J. E., Jones, J. P. P., Irvine-Fynn, T., Holt, T., Bunting, P., Jennings, S. J. A., Porter, P. R. & Hubbard, B. 2018 In : Journal of Glaciology.64, 243, p. 3748 p.
Centuries of intense surface melt on Larsen C Ice ShelfBevan, S. L., Luckman, A., Hubbard, B., Kulessa, B., Ashmore, D., Kuipers Munneke, P., O'Leary, M., Booth, A., Sevestre, H. & Mcgrath, D. 2017 In : Cryosphere.11, 6, p. 2743-275311 p.
Rapidly changing subglacial hydrological pathways at a tidewater glacier revealed through simultaneous observations of water pressure, supraglacial lakes, meltwater plumes and surface velocitiesHow, P., Benn, D. I., Hulton, N. R. J., Hubbard, B., Luckman, A. J., Sevestre, H., Van Pelt, W. J. J., Lindbäck, K., Kohler, J. & Boot, W. 2017 In : Cryosphere.11, 6, p. 2691-2710
Review article: The hydrology of debris-covered glaciers – state of the science and future research directionsMiles, K. E., Hubbard, B., Irvine-Fynn, T., Miles, E. S., Quincey, D. J. & Rowan, A. V. 2017 In : Cryosphere Discussions.p. 1-48
Ice and firn heterogeneity within Larsen C Ice Shelf from borehole optical televiewingAshmore, D. W., Hubbard, B., Luckman, A., Kulessa, B., Bevan, S., Booth, A., Kuipers Munneke, P., O'leary, M., Sevestre, H. & Holland, P. R. 2017 In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.122, 5, p. 1139-115342 p.
Centuries of intense surface melt on Larsen C Ice ShelfBevan, S., Luckman, A. J., Hubbard, B., Kulessa, B., Ashmore, D., Kuipers Munneke, P., O'Leary, M., Booth, A. P., Sevestre, H. & McGrath, D. 2017 p. 1-21
Rapidly changing subglacial hydrology pathways at a tidewater glacier revealed through simultaneous observations of water pressure, supraglacial lakes, meltwater plumes and surface velocitiesHow, P., Benn, D. I., Hulton, N. R. J., Hubbard, B., Luckman, A. J., Sevestre, H., Van Pelt, W. J. J., Lindbäck, K., Kohler, J. & Boot, W. 2017 p. 1-29
Observationally constrained surface mass balance of Larsen C Ice Shelf, AntarcticaKuipers Munneke, P., McGrath, D., Medley, B., Luckman, A., Bevan, S., Kulessa, B., Jansen, D., Booth, A., Smeets, P., Hubbard, B., Ashmore, D., Van Den Broeke, M., Sevestre, H., Steffen, K., Shepherd, A. & Gourmelen, N. 2017 In : Cryosphere Discussions.p. 1-24
Glacier hydrology and runoffIrvine-Fynn, T. & Hubbard, B. 2017 International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology.Wiley
Ice core evidence for a recent increase in snow accumulation in coastal Dronning Maud Land, East AntarcticaPhilippe, M., Tison, J-L., Fjøsne, K., Hubbard, B., Kjær, H. A., Lenaerts, J. T. M., Sheldon, S. G., De Bondt, K., Claeys, P. & Pattyn, F. 2016 In : Cryosphere Discussions.10, 5, p. 2501-251616 p.
Ice core evidence for a 20th century increase in surface mass balance in coastal Dronning Maud Land, East AntarcticaPhilippe, M., Tison, J-L., Fjøsne, K., Hubbard, B., Kjær, H. A., Lenaerts, J. T. M., Drews, R., Sheldon, S. G., De Bondt, K., Claeys, P. & Pattyn, F. 2016 In : Cryosphere.10, 5, p. 2501-2516
Former extent of glacier-like forms on MarsBrough, S., Hubbard, B. & Hubbard, A. 2016 In : Icarus.274, p. 37-4913 p.
Glaciological and geomorphological map of Glacier Noir and Glacier Blanc, French AlpsLardeux, P., Glasser, N., Holt, T. & Hubbard, B. 2016 In : Journal of Maps.12, 3, p. 582-59615 p.
Massive subsurface ice formed by refreezing of ice-shelf melt pondsHubbard, B., Luckman, A., Ashmore, D. W., Bevan, S., Kulessa, B., Kuipers Munneke, P., Philippe, M., Jansen, D., Booth, A., Sevestre, H., Tison, J-L., O’Leary, M. & Rutt, I. 2016 In : Nature Communications.7, 6 p., 11897
Constraining variable density of ice shelves using wide-angle radar measurementsDrews, R., Brown, J., Matsuoka, K., Witrant, E., Philippe, M., Hubbard, B. & Pattyn, F. 2016 In : Cryosphere.10, 2, p. 811-823
Firn air-content of Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, from seismic velocities, borehole surveys and firn modellingKulessa, B., Brisbourne, A., Booth, A., Kuipers Munneke, P., Bevan, S., Luckman, A., Hubbard, B., Gourmelen, N., Palmer, S., Holland, P., Ashmore, D. & Shepherd, A. 2016
The Subglacial Access and Fast Ice Research Experiment (SAFIRE): 2. High magnitude englacial strain detected with autonomous phase-sensitive FMCW radar on Store Glacier, West GreenlandYoung, T. J., Christoffersen, P., Nicholls, K., Lok, L. B., Doyle, S., Hubbard, B., Stewart, C., Hofstede, C., Bougamont, M., Todd, J., Brennan, P. & Hubbard, A. 2016
The Subglacial Access and Fast Ice Research Experiment (SAFIRE): 1. Borehole-based englacial and subglacial measurements from a rapidly-moving tidewater glacier: Store Glacier, Greenland Hubbard, B., Doyle, S., Christoffersen, P., Young, T. J., Hofstede, C., Hubbard, A., Box, J., Todd, J. & Bougamont, M. 2016
Anomalously-dense firn in an ice-shelf channel revealed by wide-angle radarDrews, R., Brown, J., Matsuoka, K., Witrant, E., Philippe, M., Hubbard, B. & Pattyn, F. 2015 In : Cryosphere Discussions.9, p. 5647-5680
Debris entrainment and landform genesis during tidewater glacier surgesLovell, H., Fleming, E. J., Benn, D. I., Hubbard, B., Lukas, S., Rea, B. R., Noormets, R. & Flink, A. E. 2015 In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.120, 8, p. 1574-1595
Structural glaciology of Austre Brøggerbreen, northwest SvalbardJennings, S. J. A., Hambrey, M. J., Glasser, N. F., James, T. D. & Hubbard, B. 2015 In : Journal of Maps.12, 5, p. 790-796
Brief Communication: Newly developing rift in Larsen C Ice Shelf presents significant risk to stabilityJansen, D., Luckman, A. J., Cook, A., Bevan, S., Kulessa, B., Hubbard, B. & Holland, P. R. 2015 In : Cryosphere.9, 3, p. 1223-1227
Landscapes of polyphase glaciation: eastern Hellas Planitia, MarsBrough, S., Hubbard, B., Souness, C. J., Grindrod, P. & Davis, J. 2015 In : Journal of Maps.12, 3, p. 530-54213 p.
Former dynamic behaviour of a cold-based valley glacier on Svalbard revealed by basal ice and structural glaciology investigationsLovell, H., Fleming, E. J., Benn, D. I., Hubbard, B., Lukas, S. & Naegeli, K. 2015 In : Journal of Glaciology.61, 226, p. 309-32820 p.
Origin and dynamic significance of longitudinal structures (“flow stripes”) in the Antarctic Ice SheetGlasser, N., Jennings, S. J. A., Hambrey, M. & Hubbard, B. 2015 In : Earth Surface Dynamics.3, p. 239-24911 p.
Amplified melt and flow of the Greenland ice sheet driven by late-summer cyclonic rainfallDoyle, S., Hubbard, A., van de Wal, R., Box, J., van As, D., Scharrer, K., Meierbachtol, T., Smeets, P., Harper, J., Johansson, E., Mottram, R., Mikkelsen, A., Wilhelms, F., Patton, H., Christoffersen, P. & Hubbard, B. 2015 In : Nature Geoscience.7 p.
Glacier-like forms on MarsHubbard, B., Souness, C. J. & Brough, S. 2014 In : Cryosphere.8, p. 2047-206115 p.
Are longitudinal ice-surface structures on the Antarctic Ice Sheet indicators of long-term ice-flow configuration?Glasser, N. F., Jennings, S. J. A., Hambrey, M. J. & Hubbard, B. 2014 In : Earth Surface Dynamics Discussions.3, 2, p. 239-249
Persistent flow acceleration within the interior of the Greenland Ice SheetDoyle, S. H., Hubbard, A. L., Fitzpatrick, A. A. W., Van As, D., Mikkelsen, A., Pettersson, R. & Hubbard, B. P. 2014 In : Geophysical Research Letters.41, 3, p. 899-905
Ice shelf density reconstructed from optical televiewer borehole loggingHubbard, B., Tison, J., Philippe, M., Heene, B., Pattyn, F., Malone, T. & Freitag, J. 2013 In : Geophysical Research Letters.40, 22, p. 5882-5887
TV on iceHubbard, B. P. & Malone, T. S. 2013 Geodrilling International, 2013, 09, p. 31-32
An alternative interpretation of late Amazonian ice flow: Protonilus Mensae, MarsSouness, C. J. & Hubbard, B. 2013 In : Icarus.225, 1, p. 495-50511 p.
Borehole and Ice Feature Annotation Tool (BIFAT): A program for the automatic and manual annotation of glacier borehole imagesMalone, T. S., Hubbard, B. P., Merton-Lyn, D., Worthington, P. & Zwiggelaar, R. 2013 In : Computers and Geosciences.51, p. 381-389
Optical-televiewer-based logging of the uppermost 630 m of the NEEM deep ice borehole, GreenlandHubbard, B. & Malone, T. 2013 In : Annals of Glaciology.54, 64, p. 83-89
Melting and refreezing beneath Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf (East Antarctica) inferred from radar, GPS, and ice core dataPattyn, F., Matsuoka, K., Callens, D., Conway, H., Depoorter, M., Docquier, D., Hubbard, B., Samyn, D. & Tison, J. L. 2012 In : Journal of Geophysical Research.117, F4
Optical-televiewer-based identification and characterization of material facies associated with an Antarctic ice-shelf riftHubbard, B., Tison, J., Pattyn, F., Dierckx, M., Boereboom, T. & Samyn, D. 2012 In : Annals of Glaciology.53, 60, p. 137-146
Mid-latitude glaciation on MarsSouness, C. & Hubbard, B. 2012 In : Progress in Physical Geography.36, 2, p. 238-261
An inventory and population-scale analysis of martian glacier-like formsSouness, C., Hubbard, B., Milliken, R. E. & Quincey, D. 2012 In : Icarus.217, 1, p. 243-25513 p.
Physical Properties and Formation of Flutes at a Polythermal Valley Glacier: Midre Lovénbreen, SvalbardRoberson, S. L., Hubbard, B., Coulson, H. R. & Boomer, I. 2011 In : Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography.93, 2, p. 71-8818 p.
Subglacial drainage systemHubbard, B. 2011 Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers. Singh, V. P., Singh, P. & Haritashya, U. K. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 1095-10995 p.
Modelling ice-bed coupling during a glacier speed-up event: Haut Glacier d'Arolla, SwitzerlandFischer, U. H., Mair, D., Kavanaugh, J. L., Willis, I., Nienow, P. & Hubbard, B. 2011 In : Hydrological Processes.25, 9, p. 1361-1372
Geomorphological characterisation and interpretation of a mid-latitude glacier-like form: Hellas Planitia, MarsHubbard, B., Milliken, R. E., Kargel, J. S., Limaye, A. & Souness, C. 2011 In : Icarus.211, 1, p. 330-34617 p.
Possible interactions between bacterial diversity, microbial activity and supraglacial hydrology of cryoconite holes in SvalbardEdwards, A., Anesio, A. M., Edwards Rassner, S. M., Sattler, B., Hubbard, B. P., Perkins, W. T., Young, M. & Griffith, G. W. 2011 In : ISME Journal.5, 1, p. 150-16011 p.
Glaciers – no nonsense scienceHambrey, M. J., Bamber, J., Christoffersen, P., Glasser, N. F., Hubbard, A. L., Hubbard, B. P. & Larter, R. 2010 In : Geoscientist.20, 6, p. 18-23
Application of borehole optical televiewing to investigating the 3-D structure of glaciers: implications for the formation of longitudinal debris ridges, midre Lovénbreen, SvalbardRoberson, S. L. & Hubbard, B. 2010 In : Journal of Glaciology.56, 195, p. 143-15614 p.
Basal ice facies: a review and unifying approachHubbard, B., Cook, S. & Coulson, H. 2009 In : Quaternary Science Reviews.28, 19-20, p. 1956-196914 p.
Digital optical televiewing of ice boreholesHubbard, B., Roberson, S., Samyn, D. & Merton-Lyn, D. 2008 In : Journal of Glaciology.54, 188, p. 823-8308 p.
Quantifying sample bias in clast fabric measurementsChandler, D. M. & Hubbard, B. 2008 In : Sedimentology.55, 4, p. 925-93814 p.
Diurnal fluctuations in glacier ice deformation: Haut Glacier d'Arolla, SwitzerlandMair, D., Hubbard, B., Nienow, P., Willis, I. & Fischer, U. H. 2008 In : Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.33, 8, p. 1272-128413 p.
Recent high-resolution surface velocity and elevation change at a high-altitude, debris-covered glacier : Chacraraju, PeruHubbard, B. & Clemmens, S. 2008 In : Journal of Glaciology.54, 186, p. 479-4868 p.
Optimising ice flow law parameters using borehole deformation measurements and numerical modellingChandler, D. M., Hubbard, B., Hubbard, A. L., Murray, T. & Rippin, D. 2008 In : Geophysical Research Letters.35, 12
Investigations of meltwater refreezing and density variations in the snowpack and firn within the percolation zone of the Greenland ice sheetParry, V., Nienow, P., Mair, D., Scott, J., Hubbard, B., Steffen, K. & Wingham, D. 2007 In : Annals of Glaciology.46, 1, p. 61-688 p.
Glacial Sedimentary Processes and ProductsHambrey, M., Christoffersen, P., Glasser, N. & Hubbard, B. 2007 p. 67-8418 p.
Dielectric permittivity measurements on ice cores: implications for interpretation of radar to yield glacial unfrozen water contentWest, L. J., Rippin, D. M., Murray, T., Mader, H. M. & Hubbard, B. 2007 In : Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics.12, 1, p. 37-459 p.
A Monte Carlo error analysis for basal sliding velocity calculationsChandler, D. M., Hubbard, A. L., Hubbard, B. & Nienow, P. W. 2006 In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.111, F4, F04005
Structure and changing dynamics of a polythermal valley glacier on a centennial timescale: Midre Lovénbreen, SvalbardHambrey, M. J., Murray, T., Glasser, N. F., Hubbard, A. L., Hubbard, B., Stuart, G., Hansen, S. & Kohler, J. 2005 In : Journal of Geophysical Research.110, F1, 19 p., F01006
Hydrological controls on diurnal ice flow variability in valley glaciersNienow, P. W., Hubbard, A. L., Hubbard, B. P., Chandler, D. M., Mair, D. W. F., Sharp, M. J. & Willis, I. C. 2005 In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.110, F4, F04002
Impact of a rock avalanche on a moraine-dammed proglacial lake: Laguna Safuna Alta, Cordillera Blanca, PeruHubbard, B., Heald, A., Reynolds, J., Quincey, D. J. & Richardson, S. D. 2005 In : Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.30, 10, p. 1251-126414 p.
Hydrological controls on patterns of surface, internal and basal motion during three "spring events": Haut Glacier d'Arolla, SwitzerlandMair, D., Willis, I., Fischer, U. H., Hubbard, B., Nienow, P. & Hubbard, A. 2004 In : Journal of Glaciology.49, 167, p. 555-56713 p.
Evidence for subglacial ponding across Taylor Glacier, Dry Valleys, AntarcticaHubbard, A. L., Lawson, W., Anderson, B., Hubbard, B. & Blatter, H. 2004 In : Annals of Glaciology.39, 1, p. 79-846 p.
A sedimentological and isotopic study of the origin of supraglacial debris bands: Kongsfjorden, SvalbardHubbard, B., Glasser, N. F., Hambrey, M. J. & Etienne, J. L. 2004 In : Journal of Glaciology.50, 169, p. 157-17014 p.
Spatial variability in the water content and rheology of temperate glaciers: Glacier de Tsanfleuron, SwitzerlandHubbard, B., Hubbard, A. L., Mader, H. M., Tison, J-L., Grust, K. & Nienow, P. 2003 In : Annals of Glaciology.37, 1, p. 1-66 p.
Seasonal variations in ice deformation and basal motion across the tongue of Haut Glacier d'Arolla, SwitzerlandWillis, I., Mair, D., Hubbard, B., Nienow, P., Fischer, U. H. & Hubbard, A. 2003 In : Annals of Glaciology.36, 1, p. 157-16711 p.
Geochemical weathering at the bed of Haut Glacier d'Arolla, Switzerland - a new modelTranter, M., Sharp, M. J., Lamb, H. R., Brown, G. H., Hubbard, B. P. & Willis, I. C. 2002 In : Hydrological Processes.16, 5, p. 959-99335 p.
Direct measurement of basal motion at a hard-bedded, temperate glacier: Glacier de Tsanfleuron, SwitzerlandHubbard, B. 2002 In : Journal of Glaciology.48, 160, p. 1-88 p.
Glacier mass-balance determination by remote sensing and high-resolution modellingHubbard, A., Willis, I., Sharp, M., Mair, D., Nienow, P., Hubbard, B. & Blatter, H. 2000 In : Journal of Glaciology.46, 154, p. 491-4988 p.
Water exchange between the subglacial Lake Vostok and the overlying ice sheetSiegert, M. J., Kwok, R., Mayer, C. & Hubbard, B. 2000 In : Nature.403, 6770, p. 643-6464 p.
The potential contribution of high-resolution glacier flow modeling to structural glaciologyHubbard, A. & Hubbard, B. 2000 In : Geological Society Special Publications.176, p. 135-14612 p.
Bedrock surface roughness and the distribution of subglacially precipitated carbonate deposits: Implications for formation at Glacier de Tsanfleuron, SwitzerlandHubbard, B. & Hubbard, A. 1998 In : Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.23, 3, p. 261-27010 p.