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Examples of research from our multidisciplinary team of academic staff


under the ice

Understanding how glacial ice may respond to climate change

In August 2023, Sheffield Hallam glaciologist Dr Rob Storrar conducted fieldwork in SW Greenland, as part of a NERC-funded project called SLIDE (Subglacial Lakes at Isunguata Sermia: Dynamics and Evolution). As the climate warms, ice in Greenland melts more and more, producing water that drains into the ice sheet and flows underneath it. Sometimes it is stored in lakes, which can drain in sudden catastrophic events.


The project investigates what is happening underneath the ice. Water can affect how the ice moves – it can speed it up, leading to faster sea level rise, or it can slow it down. Understanding exactly how this works, and how it might change in the future is key to informing how to mitigate against, and adapt to, climate change.

Dr Storrar uses drones to make detailed 3D models of the ice surface, and measure how they change through time in response to water pressure changes underneath the ice, which can lift the ice up by several cm. Other team members have been using advanced GPS to monitor ice movement, and geophysical methods such as ice-penetrating radar to measure how thick the ice is, and what is underneath it.


Understanding the geographies of antisemitism

In 2023, Sheffield Hallam geographer Dr. Camila Bassi published her research into the geographies of antisemitism in the book "Outcast: How Jews Were Banished from the Anti-Racist Imagination". In this book she explores why the struggle against racism often ignores antisemitism, and why there is a hurtful thread of anti-Jewish racism on the Left of politics. On both of these questions, geography matters. 


Dr. Bassi offers a holistic understanding of racism that includes antisemitism and examines the wider Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the history of nationalism, colonialism and antisemitism. In doing so, she explains how a politics for social justice needs to be fully inclusive of all humankind.


You can read Dr. Bassi’s article of the geography of antisemitism in the Geographical magazine here, and a review of the book here.


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