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Lovely climate communication projects

So, I don’t get as many changes to do public communication of climate science as I’d like and its made a bit trickier for me here as I think (probably correctly) that my German is not good enough to be … Continue reading

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Bitten by python

I’m learning to write code for my data analysis and numerical modelling work in Python. I quite like learning how to make tidy code and developing an understanding for the tricks of a specific language, but at the same time … Continue reading

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Hypotheses

In my undergraduate degree we spent a lot of time studying the history of science and development of the scientific method, and its important to convey some of this to students undertaking independent research projects even if they have not … Continue reading

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Are the snows of Greenland pristine or polluted?

I recently prepared a blog for Der Standard an Austrian newspaper entitled: Wie unberührt ist Grönlands Schnee? I say prepared as really it was re-written by my colleague Elisabeth Schlosser to make the German sound more native! Anyway here is … Continue reading

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Crevasse rescue training

Every year as we take a new bunch of student helpers out to the glaciers with us we arrange a crevasse rescue course. This year Benjamin and Christoph Stern were our guides at the Stubai Gletscher ski area where we … Continue reading

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Life on ice and bioalbedo

Birgit Sattler is a biologist here in Innsbruck studying the microbial life of Alpine glaciers with her team in a project called Black Ice. I’m trying to help them out a bit by running our massive freezer room for some … Continue reading

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Polya’s Problem Solving Techniques

Teaching University students to carry out critical and independent science research is challenging, and they need to learn to flex new muscles and approaches in their brain, that are not always well stretched at the school stage. I have found … Continue reading

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Der Standard “Eis und Klima” blog

Our research group has started blogging on Der Standard, an Austrian broadsheet. The aim is to let Austrian readers know a bit more about both our research, why we do it, and what is involved in being a working scientist. … Continue reading

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3D numerical model of englacial transport

Anna Wirbels first PhD paper is out, and downloadable from my publications page (Wirbel et al., 2018). What she has done is take an existing freely available 3D model of ice flow (icetools; Jarosch et al., 2008) that employs the … Continue reading

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Featured on the cover of Geosciences Vol 7, No. 3

Well, a nice surprise at the start of the year: Hannah Prantls paper on mapping glacier snow cover extent and snow line elevation using terrestrial laser scanner signal returns is featured on the cover of Geosciences Vol 7, No. 3. … Continue reading

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