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Professor Benjamin Brock: The Great Glacier Extinction

Northumbria University


Professor Benjamin Brock, Head of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Engineering & Environment

Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne - Lecture Theatre 003



The rapid retreat of the world’s mountain glaciers in the last 150 years is both extraordinary and portentous. By the end of the current century, most glaciers will have disappeared from the European Alps and, due to the slow response time of glaciers and legacy of greenhouse gas emissions, further dramatic shrinkage of glaciers beyond the 21st century is inevitable. This inaugural lecture will investigate the impacts the extensive loss of glaciers will have on human societies and further explore self-regulatory mechanisms through which glacier melt rates are modified independently from climate.


About the Speaker

Professor Brock graduated with a BSc in Geography from King’s College London in 1991. He followed this with an MSc at the University of Leicester in 1992 before going on to complete his PhD in glaciology and climate at the University of Cambridge in 1996. He was a lecturer at the University of Dundee until his appointment as Reader at Northumbria University in 2011, where he became Professor in 2016 and Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences in 2017.

He has extensive field experience in the European and New Zealand Alps, Iceland and the Andes of Chile where his research has focussed on glacier micrometeorology and computer modelling of snow and ice melt rates.

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Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East
Lecture Theatre 003, Business and Law Building
Newcastle upon Tyne


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