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Research interests

My current environmental research interests include

  • Future climate change
  • Phenology
  • Fracking
  • COVID-19 and geostatistics

1. Future climate change

A. The world’s most climate sensitive lake?

Water temperature modelling in collaboration with the Institute of Limnology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, predicts a rise of 12 oC in the epilimnion temperatures for this site on the northern slope of the Austrian Alps by AD 2070.


R. Thompson, C. Kamenik and R. Schmidt 2005 Ultra-sensitive Alpine lakes and climate change. Journal of Limnology 64(2), 139-152. PDF


2. Phenology

Phenological results from the 1800s show good relationships between the average first flowering dates of 66 taxa and air temperatures in the preceeding few months. It is found that fully temperature sensitive plants will advance nine days per degree of temperature rise in Scotland.

Thompson R. and Clark, R.M., 2006 Spatio-temporal modelling and assessment of within-species phenological variability using thermal time methods, International Journal of Biometeorology. 50(5) 312-322. PDF

3. Fracking

Thompson, Roy (2017) Interview “Twilight Years” with Julian Turner, Offshore Technology December 2017. Twilight

Thompson, Roy (2017) Discussion on “Can fracking, for gas and oil, power the Scottish economy?”, The Edinburgh Geologist, 62, Discussion, 5-7. Discussion

Thompson, Roy (2017) Can fracking, for gas and oil, power the Scottish economy?, The Edinburgh Geologist, 62, 20-27. Edinburgh Geologist

Thompson, R., Letter to the editor. ‘Waiting game’, The Times Newspaper, February 2017. To frack or not to frack?

4. COVID-19 and geostatistics

Right-handed, fat-tailed lemur.

Summary and links to Roy’s COVID-19 blog pages


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