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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Dr Dave Roberts

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41935
Fax: +44 (0)191 33 41801
Room number: S101

Contact Dr Dave Roberts (email at d.h.roberts@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

My research interests centre on glacial sedimentary processes, subglacial processes and controls on ice sheet and ice stream dynamics. In Greenland my work focuses on ice sheet evolution and ice stream dynamics during the last glacial cycle. I have studied ice stream and interstream behaviour adjacent to contemporary outlets such as  Jakobshavns Isbrae and Helheim Gletscher, and also have interests in large palaeo, cross-shelf ice streams such as  Holsteinborgs Isbrae and the Uummannaq Ice Stream System and the forcing mechanisms that govern their behaviour. I have also investigated controls on surging glacier behaviour on Disko Island, West Greenland with particular emphasis on subglacial conditions, basal ice derivation and the role of glaciohydraulic supercooling.

In the UK, my work in Norfolk, the Irish Sea and the East coast has focussed on the importance of  understanding the subglacial and ice marginal processes that accompany ice sheet/stream advance and retreat  during glacial cycles. On the east coast, understanding the controls on LGM  ice sheet dynamics and fast ice flow in the NE sector of the BIIS  has been a major focus of recent work, as have interactions between the British and Fennoscandanavian ice sheets throughout the Quaternary.

Research Groups

Research Projects

Research Interests

  • Ice stream evolution and behaviour
  • Subglacial processes and ice sheet dynamics
  • Ice-sheet marginal dynamics, glaciomarine processes and sea-level change

Selected Publications

Journal papers: academic

Books: sections

  • Chiverrell, R.C., Innes, J.B., Thomas, G.S.P., Gonzalez, S., Roberts, D.H. & Coope, R. Emerging from the Ice Age. In: Chiverrell, R.C. & Thomas, G.S.P. A New History of the Isle of Man. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press; 2006:220-278.
  • Chiverrell, R.C., Innes, J.B., Roberts, D.H., Tomlinson, G.S.P., Pooley, E., Fullen, M., Hallett, M. & Harris, J. The Holocene. In: Chiverrell, R.C. & Thomas, G.S.P. A New History of the Isle of Man. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press; 2006:126-219.
  • Thomas, G.S.P., Chiverrell, R.C., Huddart, D., Long, D. & Roberts, D.H. The Ice Age. In: Chiverrell, R.C. & Thomas, G.S.P. A New History of the Isle of Man. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press; 2006:126-219.
  • Roberts, D.H., Chiverrell, R.C., Innes, J.B., Gonzalez, S., Turner, S. & Horton, B.P. New data on Holocene sea-level changes on the Isle of Man. In: Chiverrell, R.C., Plater, A.J. & Thomas, G.S.P. The Quaternary of the Isle of Man and North West England. Quaternary Research Association; 2004:112-124.
  • Roberts, D.H., Dackombe, R.V. & Thomas, G.S.P. The glacial landsystem signature of the south Isle of Man. In: Chiverrell, R.C., Plater, A.J. & Thomas, G.S.P. The Quaternary of the Isle of Man and North West England. Quaternary Research Association; 2004:44-53.
  • Chadwick, R. A., Jackson, D. I., Kimbell, G. S., Johnson, H., Chiverell, R. C., Thomas, G. S. P., Jones, N. S., Riley, N. J., Pickett, E. A., Young, B., Holliday, D. W., Ball, D. F., Molyneux, S. G., Long, D., Power, G. M. & Roberts, D.H. The Geology of the Isle of Man and its offshore area. In: Keyworth; 2001.
  • Roberts, D.H. & Hart, J.K. The glacial deposits of Trimingham. In: Lewis, S.G., Whiteman, C.A. & Preece, R.C. The Quaternary of Norfolk and Suffolk, QRA Field Guide. 2000:103-111.
  • Roberts, D.H. & Hart, J.K. The glacial deposits of West Runton. In: Lewis, S.G., Whiteman, C.A. & Preece, R.C. The Quaternary of Norfolk and Suffolk. 2000:77-85.
  • Long, A.J. & Roberts, D.H. Sea-level change. In: Fulford, M., Champion, T. & Long, A.J. England's Coastal Heritage: A Survey for English Heritage and the RCHME. English Heritage and the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Archaeological Report; 1997:25-49.

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Selected Grants

  • 2012: BRITICE-CHRONO: Constraining Rates and Style of marine influenced ice sheet decay (£369,925 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2008: JACOBS IRON BRIDGE PROJECT (£35538.66 from Jacobs Engineering)
  • 2005: COASTAL GEOMORPHOLOGICAL STUDY (£3450.00 from Insite Environments Ltd)

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