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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

David Evans and the Department of Geography undergraduate Iceland Expedition win the 'Land Rover Go Beyond Bursary 2011'

(1 June 2011)

A previous Durham Geography expedition on the trail of one of the Icelandic interior glaciers in 2009.

The award includes £10,000 funding and the use of a Land Rover 110 Defender vehicle “to help the recipient 'go beyond' when exploring their understanding of a particular geographical environment” and aims “to promote a wider understanding and enjoyment of geography” and to take the recipient “beyond their normal limits and boundaries”.

The Durham Geography team will be exploring the glacial geomorphology of the Eiriksjokull plateau icefield in central Iceland, particularly one of the northern outlets called Klofajokull, a glacier that has developed some remarkable moraine systems since the Little Ice Age maximum and is presently downwasting inside a huge moraine amphitheatre. The glacier snout is accessible only by four wheel drive and so the team will be tackling their research project using three Land Rovers, one of which is from the Go Beyond Bursary, one is donated directly from Land Rover and the other is Dave Evans’s trusty 21 year old Defender/110 on its 12th tour in Iceland.

The student team are:

Will Lake
David Benhamou
Victoria Winterbottom
Clare Howes
Nicola Ledsham
Sian Evans
James Thomas

Further details of the Land Rover Go Beyond Bursary are available on the RGS/IBG website at:

http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Grants/Expedition+and+fieldwork+grants/Land+Rover+Go+Beyond+Bursary.htm