Dr Ann Rowan


Co-I for the project, Ann is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. Ann’s area of expertise is in investigating how climate change affects present-day glaciers with a particular focus on high-mountain regions. Her previous work focussed on reconstructing glacier extents and dynamics during the Last Glacial Maximum in New Zealand. More recently she has worked with Project Partner Prof. David Egholm (Aarhus) to develop a state-of-the-art dynamic glacier model that simulates the feedbacks between sediment transport, mass balance and ice flow that control the response of mountain glaciers to climate change, specifically focussing on the proposed field site of EverDrill. Ann has spent three field seasons at the proposed field site, most recently in October 2015, collecting data describing the role of supraglacial debris in modifying the mass balance and flow of Khumbu Glacier.

Excited about the project (science) because:

If the fieldwork goes as planned, we will be collecting completely novel datasets from Khumbu Glacier, and using these to run lots of exciting experiments to make a big step forward in how we apply numerical models to large Himalayan glaciers.

Excited about the project (non-science) because:

The opportunities to enhance my archive of yak photos, and to play more Bananagrams.

Favourite spare-time activity:

Exploring the beautiful Peak District on foot and by bike, or digging my garden (which is excellent training for fieldwork on a debris-covered glacier!)

Highest altitude before the project (and where):

5500 m, the same location as Duncan, at the top of Kala Patthar admiring the awesome view

Worst fieldwork experience:

Fieldwork is always better than a day sat at a desk (being chased by a bull in the Southern Alps).

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