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Geography professor named RCGS Fellow


November 18, 2010

Dr. Brian Moorman,
Professor and Head of the Department of Geography, has been elected a Fellow of the
Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Photo credit: Dave Brown

Founded in 1929, the
Royal Canadian Geographical Society is one of Canada's largest non-profit educational
organizations. The RCGS is dedicated to
imparting a broader knowledge of Canada -its
people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and
economic challenges. The society’s College of Fellows is comprised of 400
individuals from across Canada.

“The mandate of the Royal
Canadian Geographical Society is to make Canada better known to Canadians and
others around the world,” says Moorman. “Through my outreach in local schools
and in the Arctic, I look forward to acting as an ambassador for the RCGS
and contributing to a greater understanding -
and appreciation - of Canada.”

Moorman's research
focuses on the study of permafrost and glacier hydrology in the Canadian Arctic. By
examining earth processes at the interfaces between glaciers and surrounding permafrost
and the land and ocean, he hopes to enhance our understanding how the earth system
operates and the impacts of climate change on it and how we can adapt to the changes
occurring. His expertise in the use of ground-based measurements, geophysical techniques
and satellite imagery has lead to his involvement in a wide range of other research
projects as well. Moorman has published over 75 scientific articles.

Moorman, who received his
PhD from Carleton University, came to the U of C in 1996 as the founding Director
of the Earth Science Program.