David Rippin

David Rippin

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Biography

I joined the the Environment Department in October 2010.  Before that, I did my first degree at the University of Birmingham (B.Sc. 1st Class Hons. in Geography and Geology), before gaining a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.  I then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Universities of Bristol and Leeds, before becoming an RC-UK (Research Councils of the United Kingdom) Academic Fellow at the University of Hull, and then moving to York.

I am a glaciologist, and use a range of tools to better understand glaciers and their environments (see 'research interests' for more details).  I have conducted fieldwork in Antarctica, Svalbard (Norwegian High Arctic), Northern Sweden, Iceland and various alpine locations.  

I have been a Scientific Editor of the Journal of Glaciology since 2009, and a member of the NERC Peer Review College since 2010.  I also act as a reviewer for many high-profile journals.

Research interests

My research focuses on the controls on the dynamics of glaciers and ice-sheets, specifically the role of thermal regime, hydrology, rheology and geology. My work has revealed an improved understanding of the hydrology and dynamics of polythermal glaciers, and the way in which these glaciers might respond to climate change. My work is also focused on the collection, processing and analysis of airborne and ground-based radio-echo sounding data, particularly with a view to exploring the role of subglacial roughness in controlling glacier and ice sheet dynamics. Further research has led to important insights regarding the controls on ice flow in Antarctica and Greenland. Most recently, my work has focussed on the use of modern photogrammetric techniques (e.g. time-lapse imagery, unmanned aerial vehicles and Structure from Motion) for exploring glacier mass balance, glacier hydrology and glacier dynamics. I am particularly interested in the application of advanced Computer Vision techniques for extracting quantifiable glaciological information from archival imagery.

 

RECENT SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS

The Leverhulme Trust 2017/18. Project: ‘Archival Polar Photography – Unearthing the Forgotten Record of Glacier Change’. Principal Investigator, with J. Dowdeswell (Cambridge), W. Smith (York) and E. Hancock (York).

University of York Research Priming Fund 2016/17. Project: ‘High resolution mapping of mass balance changes of the Columbia Icefield, Canada’.

World Universities Network Research Mobility Programme 2016/17. Project: ‘High resolution mapping of mass balance changes of the Columbia Icefield, Canada’.

TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X data access 2017. Project: ‘Glacier and landslide interactions in the high mountains of Bhutan: the impact on proglacial lakes and the associated hazards’. Principal Investigator, with J. Hill (York) and C. McClean (York).

European Space Agency (ESA) SPOT 2015. Project: ‘Roughness modulation of Greenland Ice Sheet hydrology and ice-flow dynamics’. Co-Investigator, with A. Sole (Sheffield; PI), S. Livingstone (Sheffield), J. Hill (York), D. Quincey (Leeds) and M. McMillan (Leeds).

TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X data access 2015. Project: ‘Roughness modulation of Greenland Ice Sheet hydrology and ice-flow dynamics’. Co-Investigator, with A. Sole (Sheffield; PI), S. Livingstone (Sheffield), J. Hill (York), D. Quincey (Leeds) and M. McMillan (Leeds).

White Rose Collaboration Fund 2014. Project: ‘Roughness modulation of Greenland Ice Sheet hydrology and ice-flow dynamics’. £11000. Co-Investigator, with A. Sole (Sheffield; PI), S. Livingstone (Sheffield), J. Hill (York), D. Quincey (Leeds) and M. McMillan (Leeds).

University of York Research Priming Fund. Project: ‘Exploring Water Routing Across Arctic Glacier Surfaces Using Novel 3D Photographic Approaches’.

International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT); FP7. Project: ‘Testing hypotheses on the response of small Arctic Glaciers to climate change’.

Natural Environment Research Council Antarctic Funding Initiative (NERC-AFI). Project: Airborne geophysical investigation targets basal boundary conditions for the Institute and Möller ice streams, West Antarctica (ref: NE/G013098/2). Co-Investigator, with M.J Siegert (Edinburgh; PI), F. Ferraccioli (British Antarctic Survey), R. Bingham (Aberdeen) and A. Le Brocq (Exeter). Start date: 1st April 2010 for 3 years.

Royal Society Research Grant to study ‘Arctic glacier motion from repeated high-resolution stereo photography’ (ref: RG100335).

Royal Geographical Society Peter Fleming Award 2010. Project: Dynamical responses of small, cold Arctic glaciers to climate change (ref: FLEM 03.10). Principal investigator, with Co-I: J. Carrivick (Leeds). Start date: 1st March 2011.

Natural Environment Research Council Airborne Research & Survey Facility (NERC-ARSF). Project: The Geometry and Dynamics of Cold Arctic Glaciers – Kårsaglaciären, Northern Sweden (award no. EU11-01). Principal investigator, with Co-I: J. Carrivick (Leeds).

Natural Environment Research Council Airborne Research & Survey Facility (NERC-ARSF). Project: Mapping glacier debris cover thickness and extent using aerial photography, LiDAR and spectral emissivity (award no. EU09-02). Fieldwork took place in August 2009. Principal investigator, with Co-I: G. Ferrier (Hull).

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility (FSF). Project: Mapping glacier debris cover thickness and extent using aerial photography, LiDAR and spectral emissivity (award no. EU09-02). Coupled to NERC-ARSF award, above, for ground support instrumentation.

The British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) in 2009. Project: [Ground support for:] Mapping glacier debris cover thickness and extent using aerial photography, LiDAR and spectral emissivity.

Employment History

01//10/2013 to present: Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York.

01/10/2010 to 30/09/2013: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York.

01/10/2005 to 30/09/2010: RC-UK Academic Fellow; Department of Geography, University of Hull.

14/03/2004 to 30/09/2005: NERC-funded Research Fellow; School of Geography, University of Leeds.

16/04/2001 to 13/03/2004: NERC-funded PDRA School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.
10/1997 to 03/2001: NERC-funded Ph.D.; Dept. of Geography & St John’s College, University of Cambridge.
09/1993 to 07/1996: BSc Jnt. Hons. Geography/Geology – 1st Class; University of Birmingham.

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