Glacial Hazard Assessment Services

If you are managing a major project in a mountain environment in which there are many glaciers and glacial lakes, do not be fooled into thinking that, if they are tens of kilometres away, your project will be immune from their effects. Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) can travel for over 200 km from their source causing widespread damage downstream.

The processes that lead to lake formation are thought to be partly a result of warming climate. The causes of events that trigger such floods are complex and varied and change with time. It is essential, therefore, that to manage such hazards the underlying processes are understood.

Staff at Reynolds International Ltd have pioneered research into these issues for many years. We have also developed practical measures by which these hazards can be identified remotely, assessed and prioritised objectively and transparently (Reynolds, 2014), and prospective measures designed to mitigate their potential impact, where appropriate. You can be sure that your project is our priority.


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We offer a complete commercial consultancy service in all aspects of glacial hazard assessment and risk management, including:

  • Hazard identification and assessment
  • Project design and management
  • Strategic resource planning
  • Mitigation assessment and management



"CEGS have known of Reynolds International Ltd, previously Reynolds Geo-Sciences Ltd, since the mid-1990s and have utilised their services over the years for specific surveying in the former underground coal and iron ore fields of West Cumbria. As a lead consultant, we have used Reynolds International to successfully locate and define both the underground workings and the mine entries that pose a hazard to the built environment, especially shafts in the iron ore workings. Additionally, we have also enrolled on the CPD training courses that are organised by Professor John Reynolds and these provide an invaluable update to our professional skills. We will continue to use Reynolds International as our preferred specialist Geophysical consultancy because of the consistent high professional standards that are applied to every project."

Dennis R. E. Dickins, CEGS, Cumbria

"The British Embassy, Bucharest, has been working with Professor John Reynolds, of Reynolds International Ltd, since 2008 in order to ensure that the Embassy’s earthquake and emergency planning is up to date; and that all staff, dependents and the British community, for which the Embassy has a responsibility, are briefed on the causes, the preparations and the relevant actions in the event of an earthquake. Professors Reynolds’s knowledge, advice and guidance has been invaluable in ensuring that the embassy’s plan is as up to date and in an as workable format as possible. His knowledge is second to none and his guidance is clear concise and in an understandable format."

B A Davidson – HM Consul, Head of Corporate Services, Bucharest, Romania

"The earthquake preparedness training course provided by Professor John M. Reynolds for BAT Romania’ employees during 3 days in February this year was a well designed and tailored course given the high seismic hazard area where Romania is located. The main aim of the course was to provide our employees with necessary information to help them to reduce their own vulnerability at work, in their out-of-work activities and in their family lives. I was very pleased with the results of the training and, most importantly, I have received very positive feedback from participants. I recommend this course for other commercial organizations in Romania or abroad."

Eugen Stan, Business Security Manager