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Dr Phil Porter is Reader in Geoscience and Geoscience Education in the School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire. He is a glacier scientist and has led and participated in numerous scientific expeditions to some of the last true wilderness areas on our planet - locations raging from the frozen wastes of the High-Arctic to the high peaks of the Himalaya. Phil‘s scientific work focuses on the response of glaciers to a warming world and, in particular, the impacts of warming on meltwater production and delivery.
Phil’s doctorate examined why some glaciers periodically move at high speeds (a process known as ‘surging’). This research entailed High-Arctic fieldwork totalling almost four months in duration and camping on the ice surface for that period. He is a British Science Association Media Fellow, has worked in the BBC Radio Science Unit, appeared on television, radio and in the written press.
University of Leeds: Ph.D., Geography 1997
University of Sheffield: B.A., Physical Geography 1991
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- Member of the Royal Geographical Society Accreditation Panel
- British Society for Geomorphology
- International Glaciological Society
- American Geophysical Union
Media Mentions (3)
Joining the dots between climate change and air quality
Air Quality News online
In terms of the perennial ‘chicken versus egg’ debate, Dr Philip Porter, a reader in Geoscience at the University of Hertfordshire says he believes air pollution likely came first. ‘You can argue that air pollution came first, but as with many aspects of environmental systems it’s never quite as simple as this,’ says Dr Porter.
Making the UK's dams safe, AI spots fake smiles, How many trees should we be planting?
BBC Inside Science online
In the light of the evacuation of the Derbyshire town of Whaley Bridge due to damage to the Todbrook reservoir dam and the threat of a catastrophic collapse, questions inevitably arise as to how ‘future proofed’ UK dams are?
The snowball effect of Arctic fires
BBC Science in Action online
Wildfires are an annual phenomenon across the arctic region, but this year they are far more intense than usual, we look at the drivers for these extreme fires and the consequences, in particular long term environmental change across the region.
Event Appearances (3)
The Shrinking Glaciers of Everest
Royal Society Manchester Science Festival 2016
The Shrinking Glaciers of Everest
Royal Society Summer Science Festival 2015
Monitoring ablation and meltwater production from a debris-covered glacier in Nepal
International Glaciological Society, International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia 2015
Glacial Sediment Stores and Their ReworkingGeomorphology of Proglacial Systems
2019 In the light of heightened geomorphological activity associated with progressive deglaciation in alpine regions, the storage of sediments within and flux of sediments through the proglacial zone represents an increasingly important area for contemporary geomorphological and sedimentological study.
Open-source Telemetry Instrumentation for Networked and Real-time Glacier MonitoringAGUFM
2018 In-situ glacier monitoring efforts typically involve periodic acquisitions of data, at time intervals limited to when field sites can be accessed to retrieve and collect data. Although commercial satellite communication technologies can be implemented to transmit data back at periodic intervals, the increased cost of instrumentation and subscription services places such technology out of reach in many applications.
On the verge of a surge; Kongsvegen, northwestern Svalbard.AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts
2018 Surge-type glaciers switch regularly between slow and fast modes of flow, with surge-phase velocities that are typically 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than those in the longer quiescent phase. Surging arguably represents an extreme case of a glacier dynamic instability.
Near‐surface hydraulic conductivity of northern hemisphere glaciersHydrological Processes
2018 The hydrology of near‐surface glacier ice remains a neglected aspect of glacier hydrology despite its role in modulating meltwater delivery to downstream environments. To elucidate the hydrological characteristics of this near‐surface glacial weathering crust, we describe the design and operation of a capacitance‐based piezometer that enables rapid, economical deployment across multiple sites and provides an accurate, high‐resolution record of near‐surface water‐level fluctuations.
Assessing the applicability of terrestrial laser scanning for mapping englacial conduitsJournal of Glaciology
2018 The morphology of englacial drainage networks and their temporal evolution are poorly characterised, particularly within cold ice masses. At present, direct observations of englacial channels are restricted in both spatial and temporal resolution. Through novel use of a terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) system, the interior geometry of an englacial channel in Austre Brøggerbreen, Svalbard, was reconstructed and mapped.