Guy Tallentire

BSc Geography, (University of Sheffield); MSc (Res) Polar and Alpine Change (University of Sheffield)

  • Research Student

PhD Topic/Title: Fjord meltwater and sediment delivery in a fast changing high Arctic environment.



  • 2017    Joint Hart Prize Winner in Geography, University of Sheffield. 

Professional memberships

  • Junior Member – International Glaciological Society (IGS)
  • Postgraduate Member – British Society for Geomorphology (BSG)
  • Postgraduate Fellow – The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • Student Member – Quaternary Research Association (QRA)


Guy’s research investigates the flux of meltwater and suspended sediment from terrestrial to marine environments in the high Arctic. His research is focussed on the Kongsfjorden region located in the northwest of the archipelago of Svalbard. The work he undertakes uses multiple methods to determine the spatio-temporal variability in sediment-laden meltwater plume activity, where the Bayelva river which is fed by two terrestrial glaciers, Austre and Vestre Brøggerbreen, meets Kongsfjorden to the west of the settlement of Ny-Ålesund. The multi-method approach involves using time-lapse cameras, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) and spectroradiometer surveys. These data that will be collected over two field seasons during his PhD will be integrated with available hydrological data from The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, as well as meteorological, oceanographic and glacier mass balance datasets to provide important reference data for analysis of meltwater plume measurements. The final aim of his project is to map and quantify long-term variability and change in sediment-laden meltwater plume activity for the duration of the satellite era, using three different platforms: MODIS, Landsat and Sentinel. 

Teaching and PhD supervision

Guy assists on a number of undergraduate modules, applying his knowledge of the cryospheric sciences and putting his GIS and Remote Sensing skills into practice.