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Structural Glaciological Analysis of a Calving Glacier

This research expedition aimed to undertake a complete structural glaciological analysis of Fjallsjökull, an active, calving glacier in south-east Iceland. Due to time and weather constraints, the team decided to focus their efforts on using a UAV-mounted laser scanner to conduct surveys of the glacier. This novel methodology allows for the accurate delineation of glacial surface change and it is hoped that this will contribute towards a better understanding of glacial calving. In total the pair were able to carry out seven survey flights over four days in the field. Processing of the resulting data is ongoing, but due to the novel nature of the surveying method, it is expected that the results will prove to be of significant interest.

July 2021
Nathaniel Baurley and Chris Tomsett

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