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# PhD students shortlisted for Glaciology award

Former SPRI PhD students, Andrew Williamson and Tun Jan Young, supervised by Neil Arnold, Alison Banwell, Poul Christoffersen and Ian Willis, were shortlisted for the 2020 IACS-IGS Graham Cogley Award "for their excellent papers published in the Journal of Glaciology over the past two years".

From approximately 70 student-authored papers in the Journal of Glaciology and Annals of Glaciology eligible for the 2020 award, the committee shortlisted nine papers from five countries.

Their papers use novel satellite remote sensing methods and field-based radar techniques to investigate hydrological and dynamic processes on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Williamson, A., Willis, I., Arnold, N., & Banwell, A. (2018). Controls on rapid supraglacial lake drainage in West Greenland: An Exploratory Data Analysis approach. Journal of Glaciology, 64(244), 208-226.

Tun Jan Young: Young, T., Schroeder, D., Christoffersen, P., Lok, L., Nicholls, K., Brennan, P., Doyle, S.H., Hubbard, B. & Hubbard, A. (2018). Resolving the internal and basal geometry of ice masses using imaging phase-sensitive radar. Journal of Glaciology, 64(246), 649-660.

The IACS-IGS Graham Cogley Award was established in 2019 in memory of Professor Graham Cogley who made substantial and enduring contributions to glaciology. The award recognizes excellence in glaciological research by student scientists. The award is shared between the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) and the International Glaciological Society, with the IACS and IGS giving out the award in alternate years.

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# WIREs Climate Change - top-ranked journal

In the new Citescore journal rankings for 2019 from Scopus, WIREs Climate Change -- edited by Professor Mike Hulme - is the 2nd ranked journal in the subject area 'Geography, Planning and Development'. Its 2019 Citescore of 12.4 places it second behind Global Environmental Change in the 679 journals listed on Scopus in this subject area. It also comes in as the top-ranked journal in the category 'Atmospheric Sciences'.

The journal is co-sponsored by the RGS-IBG and the Royal Meteorlogical Society and Mike has been the founding editor of the journal since 2008.

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# Virtual Open Days - Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2020

This year's open days are Virtual Open Days on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2020.

Details are available on the University's website, where you can sign up using the booking form.

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# Resources for remote research in Human Geography

Bhaskar Vira

Dr Antonio Ferraz-de-Oliveira has curated a document, Resources for remote research in Human Geography, that was originally designed to support second year undergraduates who are rapidly reformulating their dissertation plans for the summer. This project evolved into something quite substantial, and has been welcomed by PhD students and colleagues, who are also finding the need to revise and revisit research plans.

This resource is potentially of value to a much wider community, and we have now released a version for general circulation, in the spirit of collective solidarity towards students, colleagues and researchers in these difficult times.

Ferraz de Oliveira, A., ed. (2020). Resources for remote research in Human Geography. (crowd-sourced document). Available at:

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# Conducting research at a distance - discussion group

The coronavirus pandemic has caused uncertainty and disruption to many research fieldwork plans. A new discussion group, Conducting research at a distance, fosters discussion over the challenges of conducting fieldwork at a distance, and how we can overcome these innovatively as researchers.

All in the Department of Geography are welcome to attend, including postgraduates and undergraduates. Joining details for all practical workshops and discussions are circulated during the week of the session.

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# Article award for PhD student Judit Kuschnitzki

PhD student in the Department, Judit Kuschnitzki (supervised by Alex Jeffrey), has just been awarded the Hague Journal of Diplomacy Article Award for her 2019 paper Navigating Discretion: A Diplomatic Practice in Moments of Socio-political Rupture. This is a fantastic achievement which saw a jury of 10 HJD advisory board members select Judit's paper from the 40+ research articles in the 2018-19 volumes.

Congratulations Judit!

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# The Botanical City

The Botanical City has just been published.

This collection of essays, edited by Matthew Gandy and Sandra Jasper, emerges from Matthew's ERC project Rethinking Urban Nature.

The wide ranging set of essays explores the botanical dimensions of urban space, ranging from scientific efforts to understand the distinctive dynamics of urban flora to the way spontaneous vegetation has inspired artists and writers.

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# Outstanding dissertation award

Huge congratulations to one of our PhDs, Misbah Khatana (supervisor Mia Gray).

Misbah has just won the EGRG's 2019 dissertation prize for her dissertation on 'Navigating gendered space: The social construction of labour markets in Pakistan'.

Well done Misbah!

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# Communication at a distance

SPRI PhD Candidate, Premdeep Gill, recently joined the Royal Greenwich Museum as a special guest on their online show, speaking to BBC presenter Helen Czerski on the theme of communication at a distance throughout history.

Prem discussed his use of satellites to track seals and how he uses "seal grime" to connect with a wider audience, and encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to consider polar science and conservation.

The episode is available to watch online and featured on BBC online as part of their "culture in quarantine" programming.

# New paper on subarctic treelines

A new paper, whose co-authors include Dr Gareth Rees, Dr Olga Tutubalina & Zuzana Swirad of the Scott Polar Research Institute, is now available as open access.

The paper, 'Is subarctic forest advance able to keep pace with climate change?' demonstrates that the still widespread assumption that treelines are moving northwards into the arctic tundra at a rate determined by climate change is wrong. The authors discuss that they are moving much more slowly than thought, and climate-change models must consequently be adapted accordingly.

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