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Research Expertise and Interests

Dr Ryan Wilson is a Lecturer in Physical Geography in the Department of Biological and Geographical Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK. His research activities are centred on the monitoring of the cryosphere using GIS and remote sensing datasets with the aim of achieving a better understanding of past, present and future change and its subsequent impacts on the environment. Between 2016 to 2018, Ryan worked as a post-doctoral researcher on the NERC/CONICYT funded “Glacial hazards in Chile” project (NE/N020693/1) being responsible for the processing and analysis of satellite- and UAV-derived geospatial datasets, the organisation of fieldwork to the central and Patagonian Andes, and the development and submission of peer-reviewed publications. Prior to this position, Ryan worked for 2.5 years as a post-doctoral Researcher at Centro de Estudios Cientificos (CECs) in Valdivia, Chile where he was involved in the monitoring and mapping of various cryospheric features and parameters in the Northern, Central and Patagonian Chilean Andes using satellite datasets. He has participated in field campaigns to Iceland, the European Alps (2 campaigns) and the Central (6 campaigns) and Patagonian (3 campaigns) Andes, establishing and operating hydro-glaciological instrumentation and surveying equipment. Recent research strands include: Mapping glacier and glacial lake change in the Central Chilean Andes; comparing Cryosat, IceSAT and insitu-DGPS elevation measurements in West Antarctica; mapping spatio-temporal snow cover change in the Northern and Central Chilean Andes; generating historic Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) in the Indian Himalayas; quantifying the impact of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods(GLOFs) on down-stream river channel geomorphology in the Patagonia Andes; and the development of GLOF risk assessment frameworks in Chile.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Remote Sensing
  • Glaciology
  • Glacial Hazards
  • Water Resources
  • GIS
  • Climate Change

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glacier Earth & Environmental Sciences
glacial lake Earth & Environmental Sciences
mass balance Earth & Environmental Sciences
cordillera Earth & Environmental Sciences
ice cap Earth & Environmental Sciences
albedo Earth & Environmental Sciences
ice Earth & Environmental Sciences
outburst Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2014 2019

The 2015 Chileno Valley glacial lake outburstflood, Patagonia

Wilson, R., Harrison, S., Reynolds, J., Hubbard, A., Glasser, N. F., Wündrich, O., Anacona, P. I., Mao, L. & Shannon, S., 1 May 2019, In : Geomorphology. 332, p. 51-65 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
glacial lake
outburst
valley
lake
debris flow
9 Citations (Scopus)

Glacial lakes of the Central and Patagonian Andes

Wilson, R., Glasser, N. F., Reynolds, J. M., Harrison, S., Anacona, P. I., Schaefer, M. & Shannon, S., 1 Mar 2018, In : Global and Planetary Change. 162, p. 275-291 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

glacial lake
outburst
lake water
glacier
meteorology
2 Citations (Scopus)

Glacier protection laws: Potential conflicts in managing glacial hazards and adapting to climate change

Anacona, P. I., Kinney, J., Schaefer, M., Harrison, S., Wilson, R., Segovia, A., Mazzorana, B., Guerra, F., Farías, D., Reynolds, J. M. & Glasser, N. F., Dec 2018, In : Ambio. 47, 8, p. 835-845 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Glaciers
conflict potential
Climate change
Hazards
glacier
1 Citation (Scopus)

Rapid surface lowering of benito glacier, northern patagonian icefield

Ryan, J. C., Sessions, M., Wilson, R., Wündrich, O. & Hubbard, A., 1 May 2018, In : Frontiers in Earth Science. 6, 47.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
glacier
atmospheric forcing
hiatus
thinning
mass balance
7 Citations (Scopus)

Snow cover and snow albedo changes in the central Andes of Chile and Argentina from daily MODIS observations (2000–2016)

Malmros, J. K., Mernild, S. H., Wilson, R., Tagesson, T. & Fensholt, R., 1 May 2018, In : Remote Sensing of Environment. 209, p. 240-252 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer
snowpack
Snow
snow cover
snow