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Second Cruise of the BRITICE-CHRONO Project

The second cruise of the BRITICE-CHRONO project is now underway. RSS James Cook is doing a geophysics and coring survey for the month of July in the North sea and the continental shelf and fjords of northern Scotland and Shetland. The aim is to collect subsurface samples (vibro and piston corers) to then find shells and forams for radiocarbon dating which will be used to constrain the timing of retreat of the last ice sheet that covered Britain during the last ice age (27,000 years ago). We are currently surveying north of Cape Wrath passing over a spectacular series of moraines on the seafloor.

Live updates on ship position and occasional blogs can be seen on the project website. The project is funded by a NERC consortium grant (£3.7 M) led by Chris Clark in Geography.

Call for Presentations – UK Arctic Science Conference 2015


The University of Sheffield is hosting the UK Arctic Science Conference, 16th – 18th September 2015, with financial and administrative support from the NERC Arctic Office. This three day conference aims to bring together UK Arctic scientists of all natural and social science disciplines to present and discuss recent findings.

The Local Organising Committee includes:

  • Professor Grant Bigg (Chair, Geography, oceanographer and meteorologist)
  • Dr Gareth Phoenix (Deputy Chair, Animal & Plant Sciences, terrestrial ecologist)
  • Dr Andrew Sole (Geography, glaciologist and fjord modeller)
  • Dr Darrel Swift (Geography, long term landscape evolution/geology/geomorphology)
  • Dr Donatella Zona (Animal and Plant Sciences, biodiversity and geochemical fluxes)

The organisers welcome presentations on the following topics:

  • Terrestrial Biogeochemistry
  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Arctic Oceanography
  • Ice-Ocean Interaction
  • Landscape Processes and Dynamics
  • Arctic Climate
  • Terrestrial Cryosphere: Snow and ice – past and present
  • Arctic Change – implications for society and culture

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 31st July 2015

Location: Richard Roberts Auditorium, The Richard Roberts Building, University of Sheffield

The University is also hosting two additional side meetings:

  • UK sea-ice group meeting (15th – 16th September)
  • The Challenger Society AGM (16th September)

For more information regarding all these meetings, see: