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Glacimarine Environments Research Group

Glacimarine Environments Research Group

About the Group

The glacimarine environment is that part of the world's seas that is affected by glaciers and ice sheets, which influence the ocean system through the delivery of sediments, meltwater and icebergs. Glacier-marine interactions are especially important in the Arctic and Antarctic today but, during colder, full-glacial conditions glaciers also affected the mid-latitude seas significantly. The glacier-derived sediments in ocean basins also provide a long-term record of the past growth and decay of large ice sheets.

A particular focus of our work is the linkage between ice-sheet dynamics and sediment delivery to the marine environment, and the patterns and processes of glacimarine sedimentation. This often involves the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of geophysical and geological evidence acquired from ice-breaking research vessels operating in the Polar seas. Numerical models are also used to predict rates of sediment delivery from ice sheets to the ocean. In addition, we have also carried out work on land, studying raised Quaternary glacimarine sediments and also those from older Ice Ages, such as the Late Ordovician and Precambrian.

Research seminars

Please see our listing of research seminars in Polar Physical Science.

Research projects

Details of current and recent research projects can be found in Polar Physical Science section of the latest edition of SPRI Review.


The following scientists at the Scott Polar Research Institute are involved in the activities of this research group:

Research grants

The work of the Glacimarine Environments group is currently supported by a series of research grants.

Past research projects

Sediment corer used to sample the seafloor, deployed in a Greenland fjord
Sediment corer used to sample the seafloor, deployed in a Greenland fjord


Recent publications by group members are listed.


  • 1st March 2017:
    Submarine canyons in polar and temperate margins: shaping mechanisms and long-term evolution. Details…
  • 15th March 2017:
    Controls on the rapid drainage of supraglacial lakes. Details…