I spent the first part of my PhD working with a very simplified model of the ocean – the science didn’t go anywhere, but eventually the model did. After moving to MIT I was lucky enough to work with a real programmer and together we improved the model substantially. I learnt a lot working with Alexey, and am very excited about the new and improved model. It’s easier to use, comes with vastly improved documentation, and the Fortran is hidden behind a friendly Python wrapper. Our short paper describing the model has just been published in the Journal of Open Source Software.
If you’ve been looking for a fast and flexible isopycnal model, then Aronnax might be just what you’re after.
I recently attended a Southern Ocean workshop in Colorado, USA, where my presentation was recorded and posted online. I spoke about the influence of the Southern Annular Mode (the strength and latitude of the Roaring Forties) on sea ice extent around Antarctica.
The greenhouse gas emissions from food can be substantial – but how much do they vary between different types of food? And how do they compare with other emissions, say from driving to a scenic spot for a barbecue?
As a climate scientist I understand that our greenhouse gas emissions are impacting the climate. Like many people I try to minimise my environmental impact – I ride my bike whenever I can, I eat very little meat, and I used to care about food miles.
That’s right, I used to. Continue reading
Yesterday I discovered Is this how you feel?
Australian climate scientists were asked to hand write letters describing their feelings. Those letters show the emotional toll that we as a society are inflicting on our climate scientists – and yet many of them are optimistic about the future.
Go to the website. Read some of the letters and share their stories with your friends.
On the advice of a couple of friends I recently invested in some noise cancelling headphones, and I love them. They are amazing; engine noise on aeroplanes is almost completely silenced. They were so impressive that I wanted to learn more about how they work.
This post is mostly for people who are also at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, but if you’ve stumbled across this from somewhere else, welcome!
There were lots of details about my work that I wanted to share, but I couldn’t squeeze everything onto my poster. Even though the following details didn’t make the cut, I think that they’re really interesting and worth sharing. The rest of this post will make a lot more sense if you’ve read the poster first.