Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Hannah Picton

Research interests:

Career history:

2018 – 2021: B.Sc. Geography at Durham University
2021 – 2022: MSCR at Durham University
2022 – Present: PhD at University of Edinburgh

Active research projects:

PhD Description:

The Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) represents the greatest store of freshwater in the northern hemisphere. Over the last two decades, mass loss from the GrIS has accelerated, driven by the acceleration of large outlet glaciers and enhanced rates of surface melt.

The aim of this project is to quantify the influence of variations in surface generated meltwater and ocean temperature on the long-term dynamic stability of Greenland’s outlet glaciers. More specifically, the project aims to quantify how ice-motion across the GrIS has responded both spatially and temporally to climate forcing over the past three decades, before predicting how it may respond in the future.

Recent publications:

Picton, H. J., Stokes, C. R., Jamieson, S. S. R., Floricioiu, D., and Krieger, L.: Extensive and anomalous grounding line retreat at Vanderford Glacier, Vincennes Bay, Wilkes Land, East Antarctica, The Cryosphere Discuss. [preprint],, in review, 2022.

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