Glacial hazards publications

Publications by RIL staff in the field of glacial hazards, including risk assessment and mitigation work.

Names of current RIL staff are in bold.

Invited keynote lectures

Professor John M. Reynolds has presented invited keynote lectures at a number of international scientific conferences:

  • ‘Glacial hazards and downstream effects of climate change on high mountain glaciers’. High mountain glaciers and challenges caused by climate change, 8-10thJune 2009, Tromsø, Norway, Norwegian Polar Institute.
  • ‘GLOF hazards in Bhutan and the management of glacial lakes in high mountain environments’. High mountain glaciers and challenges caused by climate change, 8-10th June 2009, Tromsø, Norway, Norwegian Polar Institute.
  • ‘Criteria for glacial hazard assessment’. Glacier hazards, Permafrost hazards, and GLOFs in mountain areas: processes, assessment, prevention, mitigation. 10-13th November 2009, GAPHAZ Workshop, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria.
  • ‘Managing glacial hazards in a changing climate’. International Glaciological Conference VICC 2010, Ice and climate change: a view from the South, Valdivia, Chile, 1-3rd February 2010. CECS, Valdivia, Chile.
  • ‘Assessing and managing glacial hazards in a changing climate’. Regional climate risk resilience workshop: fostering resilience to remote geo-hazards, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 1-2nd June 2010.
  • ‘Glacier hazards and climate change’, one of two keynote lectures at the meeting on Glacier hazards under accelerated change and climate uncertainty: impacts on population, infrastructure and ecosystems, and lessons for Patagonia, Santiago, Chile, 6-7th September 2010, and followed by fieldwork in Patagonia afterwards.
  •  ‘New challenges in managing glacial hazards in a changing climate’ at the Swiss Geoscience Meeting, 19-20th November 2010, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • ‘On the geopolitics of managing glacial hazards’.  Mountain Hazards 2013, Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, 16th-18th September 2013. 
  • ‘Managing glacial hazards for hydropower development in the Himalayas, Hindu Kush and Karakoram’.  ASIA 2014 Conference Proceedings, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11-13th March 2014.
  • Climate change and glacial hazards: implications for hydropower development in the Himalayas’.  ASIA 2014 Conference Proceedings, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11-13th March 2014.
  • ‘Glacial hazards’.  GAPHAZ Workshop, Turin, Italy, 14th September 2014.
  • ‘Natural Disaster Preparedness for Hydropower Projects in High Mountain Environments’.  HYDRO 2014, 13-15th Oct. 2014, Cernobbio, Italy.

He acted as a co-convenor for a session on glacial hazards at the European Geosciences Union assembly in Vienna, 6-7th May 2010.

He is acting as co-ordinator to revise guidelines on glacial hazard assessment and management following the GAPHAZ workshop in Vienna, in November 2009.

Technical papers, articles and book chapters 

Reynolds, J.M. 2016.  Glacial behaviour in the Upper Indus Basin and implications for hydropower development.  ASIA 2016 Conference Proceedings, Vientiane, PDR Laos.  1st-3rd March 2016. [Download pdf]

Westoby, M.J., Brasington, J., Glasser, N.F., Hambrey, M.J., Reynolds, J.M., Hassan, M.A.A.M. and Lowe, A. 2015.  Numerical modelling of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods using physically based dam-breach models.  Earth Surface Dynamics, 3(1):1-29.

Reynolds, J.M. 2015.  On the need to integrate Disaster Risk Management within the hydropower sector.  HYDRO 2015 Conference Proceedings, Bordeaux, France, 26-28th October 2015.  [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M.  2014a. Assessing glacial hazards for hydropower development in the Himalayas, Hindu Kush and Karakoram.  The International Journal on Hydropower & Dams, 21(2):60-65.  [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M.  2014b. Managing glacial hazards for hydropower development in the Himalayas, Hindu Kush and Karakoram.  ASIA 2014 Conference Proceedings, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11-13th March 2104. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M.  2014c.  Natural disaster preparedness for hydropower projects in high mountain environments.  HYDRO 2014 Conference Proceedings, Cernobbio, Italy, 13-15th October 2014. [Download pdf]

Westoby, M.J., Glasser, N.F., Brasington, J., Hambrey, M.J., Quincey, D.J. and Reynolds, J.M. 2014.  Modelling outburst floods from moraine-dammed glacial lakes.  Earth Science Reviews, 134:137-159.

Reynolds, J.M. 2013a.  Ground Penetrating radar surveys for detailed glaciological investigations in the Polar and Himalayan regions.  In: Ramesh, R., Sudhaker, M and Chattopadhyay, S. (eds).  Scientific and geopolitical interests in Arctic and Antarctic.  Proceedings of International Conference on Science and Geopolitics of Arctic and Antarctic, (iSaGAA), March 2013, LIGHTS Research Foundation, 296:273-288.  [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M.  2013b.  On the geopolitics of managing glacial hazards.  Mountain Hazards 2013.  Kyrgyzstan, 16-18 September 2013, p.129.  [Keynote lecture].  [Download pdf (in English); Download pdf (in Russian)]

Reynolds, J.M.  2013c.  Towards defining what constitues a ‘hazardous’ glacial lake.  Mountain Hazards 2013, Kyrgyzstan, 16-18 September 2013, p.131. [Download pdf (in english); Download pdf (in Russian)]

Westoby, M.J., Brasington, J., Glasser, N.F., Hambrey, M.J. and Reynolds, J.M. 2012.  “Structure-from-Motion’ photogrammetry; a low-cost, effective tool for geoscience applications.  Geomorphology.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.08.021 [download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 2012. Comparison and replicability of Ground Penetrating Radar surveys for detailed glaciological investigations between the Polar and Himalayan regions. International conference on Science & Geopolitics of Arctic & Antarctic, March 9 – 11, New Delhi: Book of Abstracts, Abstract 54. [Download pdf]

Kargel, J.S., Furfaro, R., Kaser, G., Leonard, G.J., Fink, W., Huggel, C., Kääb, A., Raup, B.H., Reynolds, J.M., Wolfe, D. and Zapata, M.L. 2011. ASTER imaging and analysis of glacier hazards (Chapter 15). In: Ramachandran, B., Justice, C.O. and Abrams, M. (Eds.), Land Remote Sensing and global environmental change: NASA’S Earth Observing System, and the science of Terra and Aqua. Springer, New York, USA, pp 325-373.

Reynolds, J.M. 2009. The application of geosciences to glacial hazard management. Teaching Earth Sciences, 34(2):13-17. [Download pdf

Hambrey, M.J, Quincey, D.J., Glasser, N., Reynolds, J.M., Richardson, S.D. and Clemmens, S. 2008. Sedimentological, geomorphological and dynamic context of debris-mantled glaciers, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) region, Nepal. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27:2361-2389. [doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.08.010]. [Download pdf]

Quincey, D.J., Richardson, S.D., Luckman, A., Lucas, R.M., Reynolds, J.M., Hambrey, M.J., Glasser, N.F. 2007. Early recognition of glacial lake hazards in the Himalaya using remote sensing datasets.  Global and Planetary Change, 56:137-152. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 2006. The role of geophysics in glacial hazard assessment.  First Break 24(9):61-66. [Download pdf]

Hubbard, B, Heald, A., Reynolds, J.M., Quincey, D., Richardson S.D., Zapata, M., Santillan, N. and Hambrey, M.J. 2005. Impact of a rock avalanche on a moraine-dammed proglacial lake: Laguna Safuna Alta, Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 30:1251-1264. [Download pdf]

Kääb, A., Reynolds, J.M. and Haeberli, W. 2005. Glacier and permafrost hazards in high mountains. In: Global change and mountain regions – a state of knowledge overview. Mountain Research Initiative.

Quincey, D.J., Lucas, R.M., Richardson, S.D., Glasser, N.F., Hambrey, M.J., and Reynolds, J.M. 2005. Optical remote sensing techniques in high-mountain environments: application to glacial hazards. Progress in Physical Geography, 29(4):475-505.

Huggel, C., Kääb, A., Reynolds, J.M. and Heald, A.P. 2003. Impact-oriented models for potential lake outbursts and ASTER-based applications in the Peruvian Andes. Proceedings of the Symposium of the Swiss Geomorphological Society, 27-28 March 2003, Erstfeld, Switzerland, Swiss Geomorphological Society, 129-43.

Pant, S.R. and Reynolds, J.M. 2000. Application of electrical imaging techniques for the investigation of natural dams: an example from the Thulagi Glacier Lake, Nepal. Journal of the Nepal Geological Society, 22:211-218. [Download pdf]

Rana, B., Shrestha, A.B., Reynolds, J.M., Aryal, R., Pokhrel, A.P. and Budhathoki, K.P. 2000. Hazard assessment of the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake and ongoing remediation measures. Journal of the Nepal Geological Society, 22:563-570. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 2000. On the formation of supraglacial lakes on debris-covered glaciers. In: Nakawo, M., Raymond, C.F. and Fountain, A. (eds.), Debris-Covered Glaciers, Proceedings of the Seattle Workshop, USA, September 2000, IAHS Publication 264, pp. 153-161. [Download pdf]

Richardson, S.D. and Reynolds, J.M. 2000b. Degradation of ice-cored moraine dams: implications for hazard development. In: Nakawo, M., Raymond, C.F. and Fountain, A. (eds.), Debris-Covered Glaciers, Proceedings of the Seattle Workshop, USA, September 2000, IAHS Publication 264, pp. 187-197. [Download pdf]

Richardson, S.D. and Reynolds, J.M. 2000a. An overview of glacial hazards in the Himalayas. Quaternary International, 65/66(1):31-47. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1999. Photographic feature: Glacial hazard assessment at Tsho Rolpa, Rolwaling, Central Nepal. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, 32(3):209-214. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. and Richardson, S.D. 1999. Glacial hazards. In: Ingleton, J. (ed.), Natural Disaster Management, Tudor Rose Holdings Ltd, Leicester, UK, pp. 64-65. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M., Dolecki, A. and Portocarrero, C. 1998.  The construction of a drainage tunnel as part of glacial lake hazard mitigation at Hualc&aaacute;n, Cordillera Blanca, Peru.  In: Maund, J. & Eddleston, M. (eds.) Geohazards in engineering geology.  Geological Society Engineering Group Special Publication No. 15, pp. 41-48. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1998b. High altitude glacial lake hazard assessment and mitigation: a Himalayan perspective. In: Maund, J. & Eddleston, M. (eds.) Geo-hazards in engineering geology. Geological Society Engineering Group Special Publication No. 15, pp. 25-34. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1998a. Managing the risks of glacial flooding at hydro plants. Hydro Review Worldwide, 6(2):18-22. [Download pdf]

Hanisch, J., Delisle, G., Pokhrel, A.P., Dixit, A.M., Reynolds, J.M., and Grabs, W.E. 1998. The Thulagi glacier lake, Manaslu Himal Nepal – Hazard assessment of a potential outburst. Proceedings of the Eighth International IAEG Congress, 21-25th September 1998, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 2209-2215. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1995. High altitude glacial lake hazard assessment and mitigation: a Himalayan perspective. Geo-hazards and Engineering Geology Conference, Coventry University, 10-14th September 1995, pp. 79-88.

Reynolds, J.M. 1993b. Power generation and natural hazard risk assessment in a high-altitude glacial environment. Disaster Management, 6(1):29-35.   

Reynolds, J.M. 1993a. The development of a combined regional strategy for power generation and natural hazard risk assessment in a high-altitude glacial environment: an example from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. In: Merriman, P.A. and Browitt, C.W.A. (eds), Natural Disasters: protecting vulnerable communities, London, Thomas Telford Ltd, pp. 38-50. 

Reynolds, J.M. 1992. The identification and mitigation of glacier-related hazards: examples from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. In: McCall, G.J.H., Laming, D.C.J. and Scott, S. (eds), Geo-hazards, London, Chapman & Hall, pp. 143-157. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1988. The structure of Wordie Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula. British Antarctic Survey Bulletin, (80):57-64. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1985. Dielectric behaviour of firn and ice from the Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Glaciology, 31(109):253-262. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. and Paren, J.G. 1984. Electrical resistivity of ice from the Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Glaciology, 30(106):289-295. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1983. An ice “caldera” near Fossil Bluff, Antarctic Peninsula. British Antarctic Survey Bulletin, (59):75-78.

Reynolds, J.M. 1982. Electrical resistivity of George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula. Annals of Glaciology, 3:279-283. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1981b. The distribution of mean annual temperatures in the Antarctic Peninsula, British Antarctic Survey Bulletin, (54):123-133. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1981a. Lakes on George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Polar Record, 20(128):425-432. [Download pdf]

Reynolds, J.M. 1980. Glaciation due to continental drift. Nature, 283(5742):111-1112.

Reynolds, J.M. and Paren, J.G. 1980. Recrystallization and the electrical behaviour of glacier ice. Nature, 283(5742):63-64. [Download pdf

Reynolds, J.M. 1978. Geophysical investigation of the major Corneliussensbre end moraine. In: Fenwick, I.M. (ed.), Okstinden Research Project Preliminary Report 1976, University of Reading, 17-30.