Katharine Miles BA in Geography (University of Cambridge), MPhil in Polar Studies (Scott Polar Research Institute)

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Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Katie's PhD research is investigating the subsurface hydrology and internal structure of a high-elevation debris-covered glacier (Khumbu Glacier, Nepal), through instrumented boreholes and hopefully some other means as well. She has had two field seasons on Khumbu during 2017 with the EverDrill research project and will be returning in 2018 to collect some further and alternative data.

 

2016 -              PhD in Glaciology (Geography and Earth Sciences), Aberystwyth University

AberDoc PhD Scholarship & Aberystwyth University Music Bursary

 

2015 - 2016      MPhil in Polar Studies (Merit), Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge)

Thesis: Investigating the surface hydrology of the Greenland Ice Sheet using Sentinel-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery

 

2012 - 2015      BA in Geography (First Class Hons), University of Cambridge

Dissertation: Investigating the effect of glacial debris cover on hydraulic efficiency

Teaching

2019 - 2020

GS23710 - Geographical Information Systems (Lecturer)

GS11900 - Environmental Earth Science and Environmental Science Tutorials (Academic Tutor)

GS13020 - Research the World: Data Collection and Analysis (Demonstrator)

GS23810 - Quantitative Analysis of Geographical Data (Demonstrator)

GS33220 - The Great Ice Sheets (Demonstrator)

GS33420 - Processes in Glacial Environments (Demonstrator)

GS32820 - Geographical Information Systems (Demonstrator)

 

2018 - 2019

GS13020 - Research the World: Data Collection and Analysis, GIS (Demonstrator)

GG33220 - The Great Ice Sheets (Demonstrator)

GG33420 - Processes in Glacial Environments (Demonstrator)

GG21710 - Analysis of Geographical Data, GIS (Demonstrator)

EAM1120 - MSc Advanced Research Skills (Demonstrator)

 

2017-2018

GG21710 - Analysis of Geographical Data, GIS (Demonstrator)

GG33220 - The Great Ice Sheets (Demonstrator)

EAM1120 - MSc Advanced Research Skills (Demonstrator)

 

2016 - 2017

GG32820 - Geographical Information Systems (Demonstrator)

EAM1120 - MSc Advanced Research Skills (Demonstrator)

Additional information

08.02.2019 - Blog post for EGU Cryosphere “Image of the Week”

09-22.12.2018 - Himalayan Research Expeditions "Walk the Talk" conference & outreach event, EBC trek Nepal

26.11.2018 - Article for The Conversation UK

14.05.2018 - Article for The Conversation UK, reprinted in The i Newspaper

05.09.2017 - Blog post for rockyglaciers.com on Debris-Covered Glaciers

28.07.2017 - Blog post for EGU Cryosphere “Image of the Week”

07-0.07.2017 - Bluedot science festival (“Vanishing Glaciers of Everest”)

28.06.2017 - Radio interview for BBC Radio Wales (accompanying article)

11.04.2017 - TV interview for BBC Wales Today Evening News

11.04.2017 - Radio interview for BBC World Service Newshour (accompanying article)

28.10.2016 - Manchester Science Festival (“Vanishing Glaciers of Everest”)

Research interests

Publications

Miles, KE, ES Miles, B Hubbard, DJ Quincey, AV Rowan and M Pallett, 2019, Instruments and methods: Hot-water borehole drilling at a high-elevation debris-covered glacier, Journal of Glaciology, doi.org/10.1017/jog.2019.49

Miles, KE, B Hubbard, DJ Quincey, ES Miles, TDL Irvine-Fynn and AV Rowan, 2019, Surface and subsurface hydrology of debris-covered Khumbu Glacier, Nepal, revealed by dye tracing, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 513, 176-186, doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.02.020

Miles, ES, CS Watson, F Brun, E Berthier, M Esteves, DJ Quincey, KE Miles, P Wagnon and B Hubbard, 2018, Ablative and geomorphic effects of a supraglacial lake drainage and outburst event, Nepal Himalaya, The Cryosphere, 12, pp. 3891-3905, doi: 10.5194/tc-2018-152, doi: 10.5194/tc-2018-152

Miles, KE, B Hubbard, DJ Quincey, ES Miles, TC Sherpa, AV Rowan and SH Doyle, 2018. Polythermal structure of a Himalayan debris-covered glacier revealed by borehole thermometry, Scientific Reports, 8, 16825, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34327-5

Miles, KE, B Hubbard, TDL Irvine-Fynn, ES Miles, DJ Quincey, AV Rowan, 2017, Review article: The hydrology of debris-covered glaciers; state of the science and future research directions. The Cryosphere Discussions pp. 1-48. 10.5194/tc-2017-210

Miles, KE, IC Willis, CL Benedek, AG Williamson and M Tedesco, 2017, Toward monitoring surface and subsurface lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet using Sentinel-1 SAR and Landsat-8 OLI imagery, Frontiers in Earth Sciences, 5:58, https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2017.00058

 

Conference presentations

Miles, KE, B Hubbard, DJ Quincey, ES Miles and AV Rowan, 2019, Optical televiewing the interior of the world’s highest glacier (oral), New Advances in Geophysics: Geophysics in the Critical Zone Meeting (London, UK)

Miles, KE, B Hubbard, DJ Quincey, TDL Irvine-Fynn, ES Miles and AV Rowan, 2019, Surface and subsurface hydrology of debris-covered Khumbu Glacier, Nepal, revealed by dye tracing (oral), IACS Symposium, International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics Annual Meeting (Montréal, Canada)

Miles, KE, B Hubbard, DJ Quincey, TDL Irvine-Fynn, ES Miles and AV Rowan, 2018, Dye tracer tests of the subsurface hydrology of a Himalayan debris-covered glacier (poster), British Society for Geomorphology Annual Meeting 2018 and International Glaciological Society British Branch Meeting 2018

Miles, KE, CL Benedek, M Tedesco and IC Willis, 2016, Analysis of the Greenland Ice Sheet’s surface hydrology using Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery (poster), Geophysical Research Abstracts (European Geosciences Union General Assembly), 18, abstract no. EGU2016-14575