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# Quaternary Glaciations - top of the pops!

The Geological Society

Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology - A Closer Look. Developments in Quaternary Science 15. 1108 pp. published by Elsevier: Amsterdam in 2011, ISBN: 978-0-444-53447-7, edited by Emeritus Professor Philip Gibbard with J. Ehlers and Philip Hughes was the most downloaded e-book from the Geological Society of London's Library in 2019.

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# Pani, Pahar: The Water Curriculum

Hearth Education Advisors

Research led by the Department has been used to develop an innovative resource for schools in India, Pani Pahar: The Water Curriculum. The resource is free to use and download, and should be adaptable for use in a wide range of contexts, including the UK.

The underlying research focused on the political economy of water resources and water security in six small towns in the hill regions of India and Nepal. The project was led by Professor Bhaskar Vira and Dr Eszter Kovacs, and worked with the Centre for Ecology, Development and Research (CEDAR), Dehra Dun, India and the Southasia Institute for Advanced Studies (SIAS), Kathmandu, Nepal Further work focused on developing a visual archive of the research, in collaboration with photographer Toby Smith, which resulted in an exhibition that travelled across the UK, India and Nepal.

The curriculum material was developed following the exhibition, and was co-developed by a recent Department graduate, Beth Barker with The Hearth Education Advisors (India and UK), who led on the education structure, development of curriculum resources (including activities, worksheets, learning tools) and instructional design for the learning materials.

Funding for this research was generously provided by grants from the UK's Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme, which was a joint initiative of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Funding was also provided by the University of Cambridge's Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account. The Oxonian India Foundation funded the graphics design of the curriculum materials.

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# Undergraduate Geography dissertation prize for Paavan Sawjani

In more success for Cambridge Geography, we are delighted to congratulate Paavan Sawjani of Sidney Sussex for winning first prize for his undergraduate dissertation, "Sex and the post-colonial City: University students' understanding of the accepted boundaries of public intimacy in New Delhi, India".

The prize was awarded by the Geographies of Children, Youth, and Families Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. Paavan graduated last summer, and is currently studying for his MRes at the University of Nottingham. Well done, Paavan!

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# Antarctic research features on BBC Radio 4 Today programme

Current glaciological research being undertaken by Ian Willis and Alison Banwell as part of a joint US-NSF and UK-NERC funded project featured on a recent edition of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, guest edited by Greta Thunberg. The research investigates the role of surface meltwater movement on the stability of Antarctic Ice Shelves and involves fieldwork on the George VI Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsular from where the SPRI scientists have recently returned. Their work is mentioned as part of a larger report into Antarctic glacier melt and sea level rise, which begins about 47 minutes into the programme.

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# Contemporary climate change debates: a student primer

Climate change raises many complex and interlocking moral, ethical and political questions about the future, the answers to which lie beyond the reach of science. In this new book edited by Professor Mike Hulme, 15 important questions that lie at the heart of climate politics are debated by leading scholars. Understanding how and why serious people arrive at different answers to these questions is a crucial learning experience for any climate student or activist.

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# Drone images show Greenland Ice Sheet becoming more unstable as it fractures

In a new study, researchers at the Scott Polar Research Institute used drones to observe how fractures form on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The new research, published 2nd December 2019 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, explains why supraglacial lakes in Greenland drain rapidly, and how the drainage creates conduits for continued supply of surface meltwater to the base of the ice sheet.

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# Transport Geography dissertation prize for Will Haslam

We are delighted to report that Will Haslam, who graduated in July 2019, has been awarded a prize from the Royal Geographical Society. The RGS's Transport Geography Research Group awarded the prize for Will's undergraduate dissertation, entitled From Waste to West Africa: Investigating NGO transformations and 'scripting' of second-hand bicycles in The Gambia. Well done to him!

# Applications open: two new Climate Change Masters

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Applications are now open for two new 11 month Masters Programmes in the Department of Geography: Anthropocene Studies and Holocene Climates, with our first intake in October 2020.

These Programmes will provide deep insights into the various processes of global change, both climates of the past (the Holocene MPhil) and the processes of human and planetary change and transformation taking place in the present and future (the Anthropocene MPhil). An inter-disciplinary concepts and methods course is common to both Programmes. The Anthropocene Studies course is led by prominent public intellectual on climate change Prof Mike Hulme and Holocene Climates is led by Prof Ulf Buntgen, Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis.

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# ERC Arctic Cultures Workshop, 9-10 January 2020

The ERC Arctic Cultures grant led by Richard Powell is holding its first Project Workshop – 'Knowledge Formations and Colonial Encounters in the Arctic', 9-10 January 2020 at the Scott Polar Research Institute.

The workshop is part of a series of research events bringing team members, leading international experts and interested scholars into dialogue around the themes of the project. The focus for this workshop specifically is to examine the co-production of Arctic knowledge formations through encounters between indigenous inhabitants and non-indigenous actors. Presentations will draw upon empirical research and theorisation to investigate spatial formations of the Arctic and the role of Northern actors and institutions.

All are welcome and attendance is free, but prior registration is required please. The full programme, abstracts and registration details are available on the project website.

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# Living with a predator: why understanding local attitudes is vital for successful snow leopard conservation

Daniel Muenger

Local people in the Nepal Himalayas value snow leopards as much for the potential personal benefits they gain from the animals' conservation as they do for the intrinsic value of this charismatic species, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

A team of researchers, including Jonathan Hanson, PhD student in the Department of Geography, who led the study, found that local attitudes towards the snow leopard were strongly linked to local views on the conservation methods used to protect them.

The snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is considered a 'vulnerable species', with an estimated 4,000 left in the wild, and Protected Areas have been created to safeguard its habitat. However, the animals range over much larger areas, and successful co-existence with humans is key to their survival. The potential for Protected Areas to restrict, as well as benefit, local livelihoods makes it imperative to consider how snow leopard conservation measures are perceived by inhabitants and neighbours of these areas.

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