Mapping the Retreat of the British Ice Sheet

British ice sheet retreat (University of Sheffield)

Researchers from the University of Sheffield geography department have created maps showing the pattern and rate of retreat of the British ice sheet during the last Ice Age. From the press release:

The unique maps record the pattern and speed of shrinkage of the large ice sheet that covered the British Isles during the last Ice Age, approximately 20,000 years ago. The sheet, which subsumed most of Britain, Ireland and the North Sea, had an ice volume sufficient to raise global sea level by around 2.5 metres when it melted.
Using the maps, researchers will be able to understand the mechanisms and rate of change of ice sheet retreat, allowing them to make predictions for our polar regions, whose ice sheets appear to be melting as a result of temperature increases in the air and oceans.
The maps are based on new information on glacial landforms, such as moraines and drumlins, which were discovered using new technology such as remote sensing data that is able to image the land surface and seafloor at unprecedented resolutions. Experts combined this new information with that from fieldwork, some of it dating back to the nineteenth century, to produce the final maps of retreat.

No maps other than thumbnails at the press release, alas. The research article is in press and will be published by Quaternary Science Reviews. Via @worldmapper.