Heather Purdie

Senior LecturerHeather Purdie

100 Level Coordinator
Geography Staff Block Rm 405
Internal Phone: 94131


Research Interests

My research expertise is in the field of glaciology, specifically glacier mass balance, dynamics, and climate change, with a focus on mountain glaciers in the New Zealand Southern Alps. I am very interested in glaciological change that occurs over short temporal scales; that which impacts utilization of the glacier resource, for example glacier-tourism. I also focus on interactions and feedbacks between all aspects of glacier mass balance from snow accumulation processes to ablation processes, including the role of avalanche nourishment to glacier resilience. Most recently, I have been exploring rapid change at lake-calving glaciers.For further information about my current research projects check out the following links....Climate change and rockfall on glaciers: implications for glacier tourismhttp://www.geog.canterbury.ac.nz/research/staff/climate_change.shtmlBathymetric and terminus evolution at Tasman Glacierhttp://www.geog.canterbury.ac.nz/research/staff/tasman.shtml

Recent Publications

  • Gomez C. and Purdie H. (2016) UAV-based photogrammetry and geocomputing for hazards and disaster risk monitoring - a review. Geoenvironmental Disasters 3(23): 1-11.
  • Purdie H., Bealing P., Tidey E., Gomez C. and Harrison J. (2016) Bathymetric evolution of Tasman Glacier terminal lake, New Zealand, as determined by remote surveying techniques. Global and Planetary Change 147: 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.10.010.
  • Stewart EJ., Wilson J., Espiner S., Purdie H., Lemieux C. and Dawson J. (2016) Implications of climate change for glacier tourism. Tourism Geographies 18(4): 377-398. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2016.1198416.
  • Purdie H., Gomez C. and Espiner S. (2015) Glacier recession and increased rockfall hazard: Implications for glacier tourism. New Zealand Geographer 71(3): 189-202. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nzg.12091.
  • Purdie H., Rack W., Anderson B., Kerr T., Chinn T., Owens I. and Linton M. (2015) The Impact of Extreme Summer Melt on Net Accumulation of an Avalanche Fed Glacier, as Determined by Ground-Penetrating Radar. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography 97(4): 779-791. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geoa.12117.