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Automating the boring (& expensive) stuff for Gradconsult

As a bit of an aside from the usual cold stuff, I’ve also gotten very interested recently in applying some scientific skills to streamlining processes in business settings. This led to a collaboration with the Sheffield-based business Gradconsult. They are contracted by Sheffield City Council to deliver a regional recruitment scheme called RISE SCR. RISE … Continue reading Automating the boring (& expensive) stuff for Gradconsult

Frontiers Paper: Albedo products from drones

A new paper, led by Johnny Ryan, shows that a consumer grade digital camera mounted to a drone can be used to estimate the albedo of ice surfaces with an accuracy of +/- 5%. This is important because albedo measurements are fundamental to predicting melt, but satellite albedo data is limited in its spatial and … Continue reading Frontiers Paper: Albedo products from drones

New AGU paper: Microbes change the colour and chemistry of Antarctic snow

In recent decades there has been a significant increase in snow melt on the Antarctic Peninsula and therefore more ‘wet snow’ containing liquid water. This wet snow is a microbial habitat In our new paper, we show that distance from the sea controls microbial abundance and diversity. Near the coast, rock debris and marine fauna … Continue reading New AGU paper: Microbes change the colour and chemistry of Antarctic snow

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