Preparing data for a database

I previously posted about my new Snow Survey of Great Britain paper. Long overdue, but I’ve started working with the dataset as a whole, instead of individual stations. One of the key hurdles… Continue reading

Snow Survey of Great Britain

The main data gathering phase of my PhD was to digitise the Scottish records for the Snow Survey of Great Britain (SSGB). I did this over the winter of 2011/12. Since then I’ve… Continue reading

Web presence for PhDs/academics

At the start of this academic year (Sept 2013) I was asked to help out with introducing new PhD students to developing a web presence. To do this I wrote a presentation with… Continue reading

A field day in the Feshie

I was lucky enough to get out in the field last week with Andrew Black from Dundee University. Lucky in two respects, Andrew is very busy and I’ve recently become a father –… Continue reading

What to do with your old Windows XP computer

In 27 days (and counting) Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. The XP operating system has been around for ages (in computer terms), Wikipedia lists it as commencing service in late 2001.… Continue reading

Upland hydrology in the UK meeting summary

I attended a one day meeting at Leeds University yesterday (10.03.14) discussing upland hydrology in the UK. It was convened by water@leeds and supported by them, the British Hydrological Society and the Upland… Continue reading

Fruit of Swedish fieldwork: canopy-height relationships

Way back in March 2012 I went to Abisko, Sweden on behalf of Tim Reid to collect data to help link forest canopy density with remotely measured tree height. As I’m learning, the… Continue reading

How to write functions and use lists in R

R is a programming language used for data analysis, statistics and graphics production. If you’ve not come across it before this video will give you some background: OK, OK, it couldn’t be much… Continue reading

Follow your favourite sites and journals with RSS

This post is for anyone that manually checks websites to see if there are any updates… there is a better way! RSS stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication and is… Continue reading

Why tapply should be your new best friend

Ever been faced with a dataset with data spread across a range of categories? Perhaps you had shopper counts per day over a multi-year period and wanted to know what the footfall was… Continue reading