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Dr Ian S. Evans, MA Geography Cambridge; MS Geology Yale; PhD Geography Cambridge

Emeritus Reader in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0)1740 653705

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Geomorphometry and mountain glaciation. Developing fundamental principles of general and specific geomorphometry (the analysis of land surface form), especially for altitude, slope and curvature values, their relationships, and scale dependence or fractal properties.

Applying these approaches to the morphology of glaciated landforms in mountainous regions, and to slopes in general, especially with use of Digital Terrain Models. Analysing and developing models for the distribution of glaciers and glacial cirques. Surveys of cirques and glaciers in British Columbia, Britain, the Alps and Scandinavia. Cirque shape and size, allometric and diverse development. Data analysis, especially directional and spatial data, and analytical thematic cartography.

Teaching interest include: Geomorphology, Glaciation & Cold Environments; Mountain Glaciation; Data analysis (level 2 & MSc in SIT); Cartography & graphics; and DEMs & Glaciation, for GeoEnv MSc.

Research Projects

  • Geomorphometry from Digital Elevation Models
  • Cirque glaciation of Wales, Northern England, Southern & Western Scotland
  • Glacier distribution and change in SW British Columbia
  • Cirque development in SW British Columbia
  • Predictive models for glacier distribution
  • Measuring asymmetry of glaciation due to climate

Full Publication List

Research Groups

Department of Geography

Research Interests

  • Geomorphometry, especially of glaciated landforms
  • Glacier and cirque distribution of glaciated mountains

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • E. Howarth, G. De Boer, I.S. Evans, H. Osmaston, W. Pennington, A. Smith, P. Storey & B. Ware (2003). Tarns of the Central English Lake District: depth surveys and the environmental context. Ambleside, Cumbria. Brathay Exploration Group Trust.

Edited book

  • Evans, I. S., Dikau, R., Tokunaga, E., Ohmori, H. & Hirano, M. (2003). Concepts and modelling in Geomorphology: International Perspectives. Terrapub.

Chapter in book

  • Evans, I.S. (2007). Glacial cirques of the Brecon Beacons. In Carr, S.J., Coleman, C.G., Humpage, A.J. & Shakesby, R.A. London.: Quaternary Research Association. 36-40.
  • Evans, I.S. (2007). Glacial landforms, erosional features.. In Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science. Evans, D.J.A. Amsterdam.: Elsevier. 1: 838-852.
  • Evans, I.S. (2006). Glacial Erosional Processes and Forms: Mountain Glaciation and Glacier Geography. In The History Of The Study Of Landforms Or The Development Of Geomorphology. Burt, T.P. & Cox, N.J. London and New York.: Routledge.
  • I.S. Evans (2004). Cirque, glacial. In Encyclopedia of Geomorphology. A. Goudie Routledge. 154-158.
  • Evans, I.S. (2004). Geomorphometry. In Encyclopedia of Geomorphology. Goudie, A. London: Routledge. 435-439.
  • I.S. Evans (2003). Lakeland tarns, cirques and glaciation. In Tarns of the English Lake District: depth surveys and the environmental context. E. Howarth, G. Boer, I.S. Evans, A. Smith, P. Storey, W. Osmastom & B. Ware Brathay Exploration Trust. 9-19.
  • Evans, I.S. (2003). Scale-Specific Landforms and Aspects of the Land Surface. In Concepts and Modelling in Geomorphology: International Perspectives. Evans, I.S., Dikau, R., Tokunaga, E., Ohmori, H. & Hirano, M. Tokyo.: Terrapub. 61-84.
  • I.S. Evans (2000). Active Margin, Factor of safety, Fan delta, Force, Fractal, Headwall, Resistance, Rifting, River terrace, Supercontinent. In Dictionary of Physical Geography. A.S. Goudie & D. Thomas Blackwell's. 3.
  • I.S. Evans (1999). Castle Eden Dene and Blunts Dene. In The Quaternary of North-east England: Field Guide. D.R. Bridgland, B.P. Horton & J.B. Innes Quaternary Research Association. 57-64.
  • I.S. Evans (1998). Cartographic Techniques in Geomorphology, Geomorphologische Kartierung. In Translation of 1990 Geomorphological Techniques into German as Geomorphologie: Ein Methodenhandbuch fur Studium und Praxis. A.S. Goudie Springer. 106-119.
  • I.S. Evans (1998). General Geomorphometry. In Translation of 1990 Geomorphological Techniques into German as Geomorphologie: Ein Methodenhandbuch fur Staduim und Praxis. A.S. Goudie Springer. 45-59.
  • I.S. Evans (1998). What do terrain statistics really mean? In Landform monitoring, modelling and analysis. S.N. Lane, K.S. Richards & J.H. Chandler J Wiley. 119-138.
  • I.S. Evans (1997). Cirques and moraines of the Helevellyn Range, Cumbria: Grisedale and Ullswater. In Geomorphology of the Lake District: a field guide. J. Boardman British Geomorphological Research Group. 63-87.
  • I.S. Evans (1997). Process and form in the erosion of glaciated mountains. In Process and form in geomorphology. D.R. Stoddart Routledge. 145-174.

Journal Article

Conference Proceeding

  • K.E. Arrell & I.S. Evans (2003). Predicting Glacier Distributions: Local Climate Predictions. Proceedings, 60th Eastern Snow Conference, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
  • C.J. McClean & I.S. Evans (2001). A further difference between the land surface and Fractional Brownian Surfaces. Proceedings of the symposia on New Concepts & Models in Geomorphology and Geomorphometry, DEMs and GIS, Tokyo, Geographic Information Systems Association.
  • C.J. McClean & I.S. Evans (2001). Non-fractal behaviour in real land surfaces. GISRUK 2001, University of Glamorgan, Wales.
  • I.S. Evans (2001). Some geomorphometric characteristics of real land surfaces. GISRUK 2001, University of Glamorgan.

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