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Student depicted on stamp

An Edinburgh student’s work in Antarctica is featured on a set of stamps.

Postage stamp

GeoSciences postgraduate student Damon Davies will appear on one of four commemorative British Antarctic Territory postage stamps.

The stamps, issued for the Antarctic summer, will be on sale at British research stations in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands.

Ice sheet loss

The stamps highlight a science project known as the Ice Sheet Stability Programme, or iSTAR.

iSTAR’s objective is to improve understanding of ice loss in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, where some glaciers are losing ice at a faster rate than it is being replaced.

New knowledge about this is critical for making better predictions of the response of the ocean and ice to environmental change, and future sea levels.

The six-year, £7.4 million programme is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

It involves researchers from Edinburgh alongside 10 other UK universities and the British Antarctic Survey.

Snow traverse

The photo of Mr Davies which appears on a 75p stamp was taken in the winter of 2013-14.

During this time, he and his PhD supervisor Dr Robert Bingham took part in a large-vehicle traverse over the snow in West Antarctica.

The stamp depicts Mr Davies working on a surface radar used to investigate the internal properties of ice in Pine Island Glacier.

Mr Davies has returned to Antarctica for the second iSTAR traverse, which takes place from November 2014 to January 2015.

Stamp sets

Four sets of stamps are usually issued each Antarctic summer.

Visitors to the British Antarctica Territory can purchase the stamps at post offices but they are also available from reputable dealers.

I'm thrilled to be featured on one of the stamps produced for the 2014/2015 Antarctic summer. Being part of the iSTAR programme has been an exciting and rewarding experience for me and it's great that the efforts of everyone involved in this important research are being commemorated.

Damon DaviesPostgraduate GeoSciences student