Dr Duncan Quincey

Dr Duncan Quincey


I am Associate Professor of Geomorphology, with specific interests in glaciology and remote sensing. I mostly focus on contemporary glaciology and in particular debris-covered glaciers, and the changes in behaviour and form they exhibit in response to changes in climate. I am interested in the impact these changes have, and will continue to have, on people living in mountain regions, in the context of glacial hazards and changing water resources. I am currently leading the EverDrill project, which aims to characterise the englacial thermal and flow properties of the Khumbu Glacier, Nepal, through borehole instrumentation operated and installed throughout the ice column. I also led the recently completed HARVEST project, which integrated isotopic methods for quantifying the contribution of glacier meltwater to flow with household survey data on water use and material on historical water management from archives in Nepal. I am the incoming Chair of GAPHAZ for the period 2019-21.


  • Director of Student Education (p/t)

Research interests

My research focuses mainly on the dynamics of mountain glaciers, the evolution of glacial and alpine environments, with particular emphasis on glacier flow and the processes controlling glacier mass loss. I use remote sensing to quantify changes in glacier velocity and surface elevation, and am particularly interested in the development of glacier hazards and their impact on local people. I work mostly in the Himalaya and the Andes, but also currently supervise projects in Patagonia and New Zealand.

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  • PhD, Aberystwyth University
  • MSc, Environmental Remote Sensing, University of Aberdeen
  • BSc, Geography, University of Durham

Student education

I teach on the geomorphology strand of modules in the School, which focus on Dynamic Landscapes at L1, Earth Surface Processes at L2, and The Cryosphere at L3. I also teach remote sensing modules at L2 and at post-graduate level.

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management

Current postgraduate researchers

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