David Graham has received a grant for £1440 from the Nuffield Foundation/Geological Society to fund an undergraduate research bursary to Emma Jolly.
The project will use the 3D X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) scanning facilities at the Manchester X-Ray Imaging Facility to explore the internal structure of subglacially deformed sediments. Grain orientation measurements are a standard technique in glacial sedimentology – and a relatively straightforward means of gaining significant insight into past glacial processes and environments. However, there are considerable uncertainties about the reliability of such measurements. The aim of this project is to assess the reliability of conventional field-based measurements of grain orientations by comparing them with measurements made using a CT scanner.
Emma Jolly is an undergraduate on the BSc Geography programme at Loughborough University. She is specialising in glacial geomorphology and GIS, and plans to pursue a career in environmental research or consultancy.