Weather imaginaries: British exploration, climate change and the visual culture of the Cryosphere
Research by Jean de Pomereu
The exploration of Indlandsis: a cultural and scientific history of ice sheets to 1970
September 2009 start (part-time). University of Exeter: PI Dr Simon Naylor.
Jean's project was an in-depth study of the historic visual geographies of the cryosphere as recorded by British exploration.
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 19th and 20th 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 is available for consultation in the Foyle Reading Room (reference only). An electronic copy may be ordered through the British Library's e-theses online service.
Technologies of Geographical Enquiry, c. 1860-c. 1939. Research by Jane Wess
Instruments of scientific governance? Historical geographies of Halley Bay, 1956-present. Research by Alice Oates
Speculation, Synthesis and the British Culture of Exploration. Research by Natalie Cox
The art of earth-building: Placing relief models in the culture of modern geography. Research by George Tobin
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