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Jürg Alean teaches Geography at the Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland in Bülach, Switzerland.

He has undertaken fieldwork in the Swiss Alps, the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, and South America. His research has led to various scientific papers, in particular about dangerous glaciers and ice avalanches. He has also published many popular scientific articles and several books.

His interests also include Volcanology, and he is member of the team running Stromboli online, also on SwissEduc. In his teaching he emphasizes hands-on experience for the students during fieldwork and he particularly enjoys taking students to glacial environments such as Vadret da Morteratsch, Grisons, Switzerland.

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Mike and Jürg's book "Glaciers" (first edition) earned the Earth Science Publishers (USA) Outstanding Publication Award in 1995.

Michael Hambrey is Professor of Glaciology and Director of the Centre for Glaciology in the Institute of Geography & Earth Science at Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK.

Mike's research interests include: Cenozoic glacial history of Antarctica; processes of debris-entrainment and transfer in glaciers, structural glaciology of Arctic and Alpine valley glaciers, and the Earth's ancient glacial record. He has published about 150 scientific papers and several books, including a university-level textbook, “Glacial Environments” (1994), and popular books on “Glaciers” with Jürg Alean (2nd edn. 2004) and “Islands of the Arctic” with Julian Dowdeswell (2002).

Mike has undertaken glaciological fieldwork in Norway, the Swiss Alps, South America, the Himalaya, the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica. For his work in the polar regions he was awarded the “Polar Medal” by Her Majesty the Queen (1989) and has been honoured with the naming of “Hambrey Cliffs” on James Ross Island, Antarctica. He serves on a number of UK national and international committees dealing with glacial and polar issues.

He acknowledges the support of several funding agencies for his glaciological research, notably the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

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