Jean's project was an in-depth study of the historic visual geographies of the cryosphere as recorded by British exploration, and was completed in 2015 (including periods of part-time study).
Public perceptions of climate change are strongly configured around extreme weather events often located in remote polar or mountainous regions. Historically expeditions to these sites brought back increasing amounts of scientific information and laid the groundwork for the science of glaciology and broader understandings of the global climate system. While the history of nineteenth and twentieth century British exploration is well documented, the representation of cold spaces has never been considered in terms of the climate knowledge that was generated.
A printed copy of this thesis will shortly be available for consultation in the Foyle Reading Room. An electronic copy may be ordered through the British Library's e-theses online service.
Details of Jean's other projects can be found on his website.