Department of Geography


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Dr Harold Lovell

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc (by research)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 92 842473
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


My research is centred on past and present glacier dynamics, with a particular focus on glaciological instabilities known as surges. I studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Plymouth from 2005-2008 before completing an MSc (by research) at Durham University in 2010, during which I investigated former glacier dynamics in southernmost Patagonia.

During my PhD research from 2010-2014 I was based at Queen Mary University of London and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS, Norway). This work focused on the landscapes produced by active surging glaciers on the High-Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. I joined the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer in GIS and Remote Sensing in February 2014.

Teaching Responsibilities

Geography Skills and Prospects; Introduction to GIS; GIS and Remote Sensing; GIS in the Workplace; Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; MSc in Geographical Information Systems



My research focuses on highly-dynamic glaciers and the geomorphological and sedimentological records they produce. This work is largely based on glaciers in the Arctic which exhibit surge-type behaviour, characterised by atypical periodic velocity increases and glacier advances. Investigating the landform and sediment record associated with modern surging glaciers also provides a framework by which to interpret possible evidence for palaeo-surging during the Quaternary. More specifically, my research interests include:

  1. Surging glacier landsystems
  2. The formation of basal ice during periods of dynamic ice flow
  3. The development of glaciological structures
  4. Subglacial sediment transport, deformation and deposition
  5. The timings and dynamics of former ice masses in southernmost Patagonia

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