Dr Rachel Carr
Lecturer in Physical Geography
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6436
Research interests: Climate change and the cryosphere
- Response of polar ice masses to climate change
Outlet glacier dynamics
- Himalayan ice loss and debris cover
- Extra-terrestrial ice
- Application of remote sensing / GIS to glaciated environments
Sep 2014 - present: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Newcastle University
Oct 2013 – Aug 2014: Lecturer in Glaciology, Aberystwyth University, Climate Change Consortium of Wales.
Oct 2010 – Oct 2013: PhD, Department of Geography, Durham
University. Thesis title: ‘Ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions in the
Aug 2008-Oct 2010: Environmental and GIS/remote sensing specialist at
Environmental Research and Assessment (ERA), Cambridge.
Oct 2007 – Jul 2008: M.Phil. in Polar Studies, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Thesis title: ‘The role of atmospheric and oceanic forcing in Greenland outlet glacier behaviour.’
Jul 2005 – Aug 2005: Intern, World Glacier Monitoring Service,
Oct 2004 – June 2007: Geography, BA (Hons), St Catharine’s College,
University of Cambridge.
My research focuses on the response of glaciated regions to climate
change. In order to do this, I use a combination of remote sensing, GIS and
numerical modelling. My study areas include Greenland, Svalbard, Russian High
Arctic, New Zealand and the European Alps. Current projects include:
- Assessing pan-Arctic outlet glacier retreat rates.
- Analysing multi-decadal changes in Novaya Zemlya outlet glacier dynamics.
- Investigating ice tongue loss and glacier acceleration in northern Greenland.
- Reconstructing a glacial lake outburst flood in Mount Cook, New Zealand.
GEO1019: Physical Geography Field Course (module leader)
GEO1020: Introduction to Physical Geography
GEO2137: Key Methods for Physical Geographers
GEO2226: Glacial Environments (module leader)
Current postgraduate students:
Emily Hill (Newcastle University). Project title: The Greenland Ice Sheet in a warming world: Determining drivers of current and future change on northern Greenland outlet glaciers. Funded by NERC, via IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership.
Arminel Lovell (Newcastle University). Project title: Explaining the varying response of Himalayan glaciers to climate change. Funding: NERC IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership
Jake-Collins May (Newcastle University), Sep 2017 – present (primary supervisor). Ice, water and Mars: Investigating glacio-fluvial activity and landforms on the Red Planet. Funding: Newcastle University Research Excellence Academy.
Charlie Bunce (Edinburgh University), Sep 2016 – present (additional supervisor). Greenland tidewater glacier dynamics. Funding: NERC
Joshua Leigh (Durham University), Sep 2017 – present (additional supervisor). Past, Present and Future Response of Norwegian Glaciers to climate forcing. Funding: NERC IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership.
Amy Barrett (MPhil, Newcastle University), Sep 2017 – present (primary supervisor). Short-term supraglacial melt pond formation, development and coalescence in the Bhutan-China border region of the Himalayas.
James Linighan (MPhil, Newcastle University), Sep 2017 – present (primary supervisor). Examining the temporal and spatial patterns of melt pond evolution on Annapurna South Glacier, Nepal.
Jack Oxtoby (MPhil, Newcastle University), Sep 2017 – present (primary supervisor). Formation of ice cliffs and their impacts on melt rates on Annapurna South Glacier.
Alex McKee (MPhil, Newcastle University), Sep 2017 – present (second supervisor). Assessing the spatial pattern of rockfalls above glaciers in the Mont Blanc area and their coupling with glaciers/
Previous postgraduate students:
Jake-Collins May (MPhil, Newcastle University), Sep 2016 – Dec 2017 (primary supervisor). Origins of Glacial, Fluvial and Glaciofluvial Landforms in the Nereidum Montes, Mars. Funding: School of Geography, Politics and Sociology Fees Bursary.
Rebecca Dell (MPhil, Newcastle University), Sep 2016 – Sep 2017 (primary supervisor). Structural dynamics and calving behaviour at Fjallsjokull, south-east Iceland, between 1970 and 2017. Funding: School of Geography, Politics and Sociology Fees Bursary.
Charlie Bunce (M.Phil. Newcastle University). Sep 2015 – Sep 2016. Project title: Dynamic response of marine-terminating outlet glaciers to climate forcing in south-east and north-west Greenland. Funded by School of Geography, Politics and Sociology Masters Fees Bursary.
Johnathan Ryan (PhD, Aberystwyth University) 2012-present. Jonathan’s PhD investigates the short-term dynamics of marine-terminating glaciers in Greenland and the albedo of the Greenland Ice Sheet using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Funding: National Environmental Research Council.
Kay Barker (MSc in Glaciology, Aberystwyth University) 2013-2014. ‘The influence of frontal position, fjord width, glacier structure and sea ice on the velocities of five Northern Greenland marine-terminating outlet glaciers: 1999-2014’.
- Hill EA, Carr JR, Stokes CR. A Review of Recent Changes in Major Marine-Terminating Outlet Glaciers in Northern Greenland. Frontiers in Earth Science 2017, 4, 111.
- Carr JR, Bell H, Killick R, Holt T. Exceptional retreat of Novaya Zemlya's marine-terminating outlet glaciers between 2000 and 2013. The Cryosphere 2017, 11(5), 2149-2174.
- Carr JR, Stokes CR, Vieli A. Threefold increase in marine-terminating outlet glacier retreat rates across the Atlantic Arctic: 1992–2010. Annals of Glaciology 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Carr JR, Vieli A, Stokes CR, Jamieson SSR, Palmer SJ, Christoffersen P, Dowdeswell JA, Nick FM, Blankenship DD, Young DA. Basal topographic controls on rapid retreat of Humboldt Glacier, northern Greenland. Journal of Glaciology 2015, 61(225), 137-150.
- Ryan JC, Hubbard AL, Box JE, Todd J, Christoffersen P, Carr JR, Holt TO, Snooke N. UAV photogrammetry and structure from motion to assess calving dynamics at Store Glacier, a large outlet draining the Greenland ice sheet. The Cryosphere 2015, 9, 1-11.
- Carr JR, Stokes CR, Vieli A. Recent retreat of major outlet glaciers on Novaya Zemlya, Russian Arctic, influenced by fjord geometry and sea-ice conditions. Journal of Glaciology 2014, 60(219), 155-170.
- Carr JR, Vieli A, Stokes CR. Climatic, oceanic and topographic controls on marine-terminating outlet glacier behavior in north-west Greenland at seasonal to interannual timescales. Journal of Geophysical Research 2013, 118(3), 1210-1226.
- Carr JR, Stokes CR, Vieli A. Recent progress in understanding marine-terminating Arctic outlet glacier response to climatic and oceanic forcing: Twenty years of rapid change. Progress in Physical Geography 2013, 37(4), 435 – 46.
- Harris CM, Carr JR, Lorenz K, Jones S. Important Bird Areas in Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, South Orkney Islands. Environmental Research & Assessment Ltd., Cambridge, 2011.