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Hello everyone! I’m a PhD student studying atmospheric physics; Arctic snow, at the moment, to be more specific. Most of my work is of the computational/data analysis variety, though I’m working both with data from remote sensing observations and from models. I spend much of my time wrangling large datasets with Python, but thankfully, I enjoy doing it (most of the time)!

State of the #Climate in #Africa 2020 report published today.

Climate change triggers mounting food insecurity, poverty and displacement in Africa

WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas: "During 2020, the climate indicators in Africa were characterized by continued warming temperatures, accelerating sea-level rise, extreme weather and climate events, such as floods, landslides and droughts, and associated devastating impacts."

I spent last night grading assignments and then I went to sleep and dreamt that I was grading more assignments. Disappointing to wake up and find that all the effort in my dreams was for naught.

Even the ones who get the correct solution often don't stop to think why. I guess given the volume of assignments they have, maybe they don't have time to stop and smell the metaphorical roses, but I think doing so can often save them plenty of time that would otherwise be spent debugging.

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By far the biggest issue I've constantly encountered with teaching students scientific computing/computational physics is that they're constantly forgetting that even a numerical simulation is in principle supposed to represent a physical system. So many of the difficulties they run into are easily figured out by them if you manage to just convince them to use their "physics intuition" a little.

Dubious food 

My 1.5-year-old desk almonds still seem edible, go figure. Though definitely stale.

I forgot how cosy I'd made this office for myself. It's nice to be back.

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Miraculously, my desk is largely free of dust, but the sticky notes I've had up have been bleached by the sun, whoa

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Also discovered that I’ve left a bunch of snacks (almonds, peanuts, cereal bars) in my desk that I completely forgot I had over there, whoops! Thankfully they were sealed and these things don’t go bad

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Back working in my office for the first time in over a year! It’s very quiet around and I have to keep the door closed so it doesn’t quite feel right, but it’s nice to have my work desk and all my fun posters and things around

A Nobel pursuit

Climate modeller Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA GISS, writes about the life work of the 2 climatologists who were awarded the Nobel Prize for their pioneering modelling work: Suki Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann.

A worthwhile quite technical piece.

"Hasselmann’s statement that he would rather have “no global warming and no Nobel Prize” captures the ambiguity that many of us feel in successfully predicting events and trends that we don’t want to come true."

Geoengineering, climate 

One of my favourite geoengineering concepts is the giant space mirror, not for any feasibility reasons, but just because there’s something humorous about the simplicity of it.

Too much radiative forcing? Giant space mirror! Reflect the extra sunlight away! What could possibly go wrong?

"Earth is like this Public Domain planet that shows up in a bunch of unrelated media franchises"


Doing climate research is a lot of going “oh wow, this is really cool!” followed almost immediately after by “yikes, it is not good that this is happening.”

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Eg. I was thinking of posting a fun fact about how sea level rise is actually mostly from ocean thermal expansion, but then I realized that thinking about sea level rise isn’t exactly the most fun thing for a lot of people.

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I want to post fun facts about my area of research, but since my work is climate-related, almost all the “fun facts” I know are actually kind of horrifying (especially to an audience that isn’t used to thinking about climate all the time)

Fool academics into believing anything with this one weird trick*: typeset your nonsense writing with LaTeX

(*unlikely to actually work under closer inspection)

Keeping my emails organized would be a lot easier if I didn't have two school email addresses, but one is more of a "school" email and one is more of a "research" email, so combining them into one inbox would also make things worse.

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I guess I could start tagging emails but I can see myself getting lost with tags very quickly. Maybe if I really start to get swamped with them, I can try that. Or maybe I could use a specific folder for my most important emails.

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I star emails so I can quickly filter ones with important information, but now it's getting to the point where I need different levels of starring, oof

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