I returned from a short holiday to find a package containing these shiny metal things waiting in my office. Now, you might wonder why I have been spending my employer’s money on steampunk plant-pot stands. As is often the case, the answer to an odd question is to do with gravity. When our Lacoste-Romberg gravityContinue reading Cast in Aluminium
This year, the annual retreat for some of our staff and Ph.D students has been scheduled at a time when I can go to it. Which is nice, but it does mean that I have to work up a talk on whatever research I am managing to get done. And I was just scratching myContinue reading The eruption of Calbuco, and its stratospheric aftermath
One of the odd jobs that I have ended up doing is the care and maintenance of our gravity meters. We are lucky to have these instruments; they are very long-lived and a new one would be a very expensive purchase. The fact that we have three in working order is largely because one ofContinue reading Gravity: the vintage gear keeps on working
As I have noted before, a side effect of having been on the Helmsdale geology excursion with the geophysics students is that I can not walk past a sandstone wall without looking for examples of current bedding. Sometimes there are other things to be seen as well. This block is in High School Yards andContinue reading Faulting close to home
As noted in a previous post, we had a nice view of the recent eclipse from Edinburgh, and we also took readings of various meteorological variables as part of Reading University’s NEWEX experiment. The plot below shows the temperature data recorded by some keen meteorology students, along with temperatures and solar irradiance data from ourContinue reading Solar Eclipse: the weather report
Everybody loves a solar eclipse, even if the zone of totality is in as inconvenient a place as the Faroe islands. We set up open viewing (and observation of the associated weather) in the meteorology lab on the top floor of the University’s James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB). It isn’t often that we get soContinue reading Not the Faroes, but almost
Following on my recent paper about Sulphur dioxide from volcanoes, another one has just come out. This time, I am a lot further down the author list and wrote about 3% of the paper, rather than 99%. In fact, my only contribution was this figure, comparing our SO2 data from MLS with the new dataContinue reading Another SO2 paper!
It is innovative lounging laundry learning week (ILW) again: a brief respite from lectures and a chance to do some other educational activities for both lecturers and students. I have been on two outings this week; I am blogging the second one first as the first one has some data to show that I haveContinue reading ILW part 1: Eskdalemuir
There have been a few news items about satellite launches and the like recently. This weekend it was SPACEX’s successful delivery to the ISS and its un-successful attempt to land part of the rocket on a floating platform. At the end of January the news will be about the (hopefully successful) attempt to launch theContinue reading Rocket Science: it should impress you.
I just got back from the 4th-year geophysics field course; as noted earlier, this was held at Montalivet-les-Bains, on the Atlantic coast of France, an hour’s drive North of Bordeaux. As usual, we ran the trip with staff and students from the Université de Paris Sud and the Universität Münster. Many thanks are due toContinue reading Sand, Sand, Sand …