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Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones BSc Hons, PGCert Learning and Teaching in HE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Geography and Undergraduate Course Leader


Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Geography specialising in GIS, remote sensing, and glaciology. He is the Course Leader for BSc Geography.

  • About

    Andrew Joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2008. He was MSc GIS Course leader from 2010-2014 and has been in charge of the BSc Geography course since 2014. Andrew's background is in professional GIS and research practice. Prior to joining the University in 2008, Andrew worked for the Peak District National Park Authority and the Moors for the Future conservation project, in addition to free-lance GIS consultancy.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Glacial bedform morphology and its impact on glacial hydrology and ice flux
    Remote sensing of cryospheric environments
    Hydrology and the management of peatland systems
    Peatland carbon cycles
    GIS as a spatial decision making tool

  • Teaching

    Andrew teaches a balance of undergraduate and postgraduate modules which currently include:

    Level 4
    Introduction to Physical Geography

    Level 5
    Glaciers and Glaciation
    Research Methods in Environment, Geographical, and Social Sciences

    Level 6
    Advanced GIS (module leader)

    Level 7
    Applying GIS
    Network Analysis and Transport Modelling (module leader)
    Remote Sensing (module leader)
    Applied Research Methods
    Major Research Project
    Professional Project

  • Research

    Much of my current research is focused around contemporary glacier and ice sheet dynamics. In particular, I am interested in how subglacial topography controls hydrology beneath the ice and the impact this has on seasonal variation in ice velocity patterns. I have a wider interest in all areas of glaciology and paleoglaciology and am involved in a number of projects in these areas. 
    Current research projects
    Intra and inter year variations in ice velocity of Greenland outlet glaciers using satellite imagery.
    Subglacial topography and hydrology as a driver of ice velocity change.
    Deriving glacier micro velocities from ultra high resolution sUAV imagery.
    Ice flow dynamics of Vatnajökull outlet glaciers (Iceland)
    3D properties of eskers in Finland 
    Putative Martian eskers   

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Swift, D.A., & Jones, A. (2018). Going against the flow: testing the hypothesis of pulsed axial glacier flow. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 43 (13), 2754-2761.

    Storrar, R., Jones, A., & Evans, D.J.A. (2017). Small-scale topographically-controlled glacier flow switching in an expanding proglacial lake at Breiðamerkurjökull, SE Iceland. Journal of Glaciology, 745-750.

  • Other activities

    2007 - Development of the British Mountaineering Council's Coastal Access Database, providing online interactive mapping of coastal climbing sites to the public.

    2004 - Development of an objectified decision making tool for digitising moorland footpaths from aerial imagery.

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