Some satisfaction with R

Casual readers of this blog will know that I’ve been using R (a statistical programming language) to sort out some data and plot some graphs. It’s a minor dabbling, and one which is often frustrating. I’m not a natural coder, and I certainly don’t relish the challenges it throws up. But, having used R on…

How is our Gradschool Conference Funded? [UPDATE]

This is a short update to the post How is our Gradschool Conference Funded?  At the time of writing that post, I didn’t have the 2014 data to hand. I’ve since been supplied it, so here is the data for 2014 (Fig. 1). This year, fewer Cuddly companies were contacted as a percentage of the…

Has the failure of CCS at Longannet returned to haunt us?

Today BBC News is reporting that Longannet power station in Fife (Scotland) is among the top 30 CO2 emitters in Europe, in terms of millions of tonnes of CO2 emitted per annum from coal-fired power generation. This comes from a report apparently produced jointly by the WWF, CAN Europe, the European Envionmental Bureau, the Health and Environment Alliance and…

Flue stack

1st North Sea Young CCS Researchers Conference, Rotterdam

A few weeks back, a bunch of early career researchers (ECR’s) from the UK, Netherlands and Norway met in Rotterdam to look at the latest developments in carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Netherlands, and to negotiate a statement of intent called The First Declaration of Amsterdam. I wrote up the following text afterwards,…

Taking field notes

Lake District Undergraduate Field Trip

The current 1st year undergraduate geologists at the University of Edinburgh got their first proper taste of fieldwork over two trips in April and June. This is a new trip for the University, and I was able to fill a space on the second outing in June (a repeat of the April trip). Anyone following my…

How is our Gradschool Conference Funded?

[Update 03/12/14: 2014 data here: https://vitaminccs.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/how-is-our-gradschool-conference-funded-update/] We’re very lucky within the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh to have a strong and active community of postgraduate students. The community, diverse as it is, is democratically represented by a committee of PhD students who volunteer a large chunk of their time to make the postgrad…

Batch glassware

What’s my PhD all about? (Part 2)

It’s been a while since I last posted anything here; I’ve been quite busy lately with my PhD and it has absorbed a lot of my time, but now I have a let up I can talk a bit more about what I’ve been up to. Back in August last year I wrote a little…

Aurora

Edinburgh’s Aurora

A quick post to show off some photos of mine of this wonderful natural phenomenon, which was visible over the skies of the UK last night (27th/28th February, 2014).  A very late night taking these pictures as I’d missed it earlier in the evening, hopefully it will make an impressive appearance again soon!

quiz night

Geosciences Gradschool Conference 2014

One of the highlights of each year for the University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences postgrad cohort is the annual Gradschool Conference.  This year was the 23rd Gradschool, held at the Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa in North Berwick, Scotland, and by all accounts it was another roaring success. The Gradschool Committee is run by…