Dr. Laura Thomson

Dr. Laura Thomson

Biography

I am interested in the active monitoring and prediction of northern landscape evolution using innovative geospatial, geophysical, and climate-coupled modelling techniques designed to identify and address current challenges facing the rapidly changing Arctic. The Queen’s Glaciology Group supports graduate and undergraduate projects that integrate Remote Sensing, GIScience, and in situ environmental monitoring to understand the processes responsible for observed changes from Arctic ice masses. Our research projects aim to identify the critical spatial and temporal scales of impact, and improve the quality and capacity of environmental monitoring approaches at these scales to determine the governing geomorphological and climate-coupled processes at play. Field-based research projects will be conducted in the Canadian Arctic, with a current focus on Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut, which hosts a rich historic archive of climate and environmental monitoring records dating back to 1959.