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This Special Issue of the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics arises from a conference on Geophysics and Glacial Materials, hosted by the Environmental and Industrial Geophysics Group, The Geological Society, UK (http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/template.cfm?name = geogroup12). This conference was held at the School of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University, UK, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the British Branch of the International Glaciological Society from 14−16 September 2005.
Joint hosting of the two events aimed to foster communication and future collaboration between the near-surface geophysical and glaciological communities. This recognises, in particular, that techniques of applied geophysics have led to many glaciological advances over recent decades, and promise to play a major and indeed growing role in glaciology in the foreseeable future. At present few near-surface geophysicists engage in glaciological research, although it is timely that concerted efforts are focused on adapting the stimulating methodological and technological advances made in near-surface geophysics in recent years to solving glaciological problems.
The contributions to this special issue are ordered according to technique, commencing with state-of-the-science seismic methods (Smith; King and Jarvis), followed by low-frequency (Kulessa) and higher-frequency (West et al.; Bingham and Siegert; Siegert and Vieli; Woodward and Burke; Murray et al.; Barrett et al.) electrical techniques as applied to contemporary ice masses, and concluded by GPR and ERT investigations of periglacial (Ross et al.) and deglaciated (Carrivick et al. …