Dr. ALUN HUBBARD
I’m based at Aberyswyth University and am interested in the links between ice, oceans and atmosphere on a variety of time-scales from the ‘deep’ (geological) past to the (socially relevant) near future. Recently, my research has focussed on gathering novel field measurements to help understand the processes behind and train models of the response of glaciers and ice sheets to see how they impact on society through changing runoff and water-supply, increased exposure to hazards and rising sea-level. I started working in Greenland in 2007 and now lead a variety of projects spanning below the Arctic Circle up to 81 degrees north investigating how ice flow is influenced by the vast fluxes of energy delivered to Greenland by oceanic and atmospheric processes.
I have over 70 peer reviewed papers and some 70 months cumulative field experience researching and exploring Antarctica, Greenland, Patagonia, Alaska and other icy places of high latitude/elevation and savor the many challenges of working in these hostile, remote yet sublime regions of this wonderous planet.
For more information, images & videos on our research in Greenland at Aberystwyth please see www.aber.ac.uk/greenland/
Some recent publications:
Doyle, S., Hubbard, A., Dow, C., Jones, G., Fitzpatrick, A., Gusmeroli, A.,
Kulessa, B., K. Lindback, R. Pettersson & Box, J. 2013. Ice tectonic
deformation during the rapid in situ drainage of a supraglacial lake on the
Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere, 7, 129-140, doi:10.5194/tc-7-129-2013.
Patton, H., Hubbard, A., Bradwell, T. Glasser, N., 2013. Sub-marine glacial
landforms in the Irish Sea: evidence for asynchronous and asymmetric rapid
marine deglaciation. Earth Surf. Dynam. Discuss., 1, 1–33.
Chandler, D., Wadham, J., Lis, G., Cowton, T., Sole, A., Telling, J.,
Nienow, P., Bagshaw, E. & Hubbard, A. 2013. Evolution of the subglacial
drainage system beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. Nature Geoscience, DOI:
Fitzpatrick, A., Hubbard, A., Box, J., Quincey, D., Dirk Van As, A.,
Mikkelsen, A., Doyle, S., Hasholt, B., Dow, C. & Jones, G., 2013. A decade
of supraglacial lake volume estimates across the margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere Discuss., 7, 1383-1414.
Chauché, N., Hubbard, A., Gascard J.-C., Box J., Bates R., Koppes M., Doyle,
S., 2013. Process controls governing ice-ocean interactions at Greenland’s marine outlet glaciers.
The Cryosphere Discuss.
Fitzpatrick, A., Hubbard, A., Quincey, D., Joughin, I., Dirk Van As, A.
2013. Seasonal speedup of Russell Glacier, Western Greenland, during 2009 &
2010. Journal of Glaciology, 59(216), 687-696.
van As, D., Hubbard, A. L., Hasholt, B., Mikkelsen, A. B., van den Broeke,
M. R., and Fausto, R. S. 2012. Large surface meltwater discharge from the
Kangerlussuaq sector of the Greenland ice sheet during the record-warm year
2010 explained by detailed energy balance observations, The Cryosphere, 6,
Hubbard, A., 2011. The Times Atlas and actual Greenland ice loss. Geology Today, 27(6),212–215.