About scottishsnow

About the blog

This blog began in 2014 to document some of Mike’s snow research, with the goal to encourage greater interest in science. As Mike has now finished his PhD, topics on this blog are not just about snow, but are still about working with open data and using open source tools.

If you enjoy reading this blog please subscribe to updates using the RSS link below and follow Mike on twitter: @MikeRSpencer. You can also visit Mike’s homepage: http://mikerspencer.com/ for more information. If you’ve found this blog useful, please consider supporting Mike’s work with a donation (button at the bottom of this page).

About the author

Mike is a data scientist with a background in environmental data. He has a PhD in snow hydrology from the University of Edinburgh, which was based around an historic dataset (Snow Survey of Great Britain). He used this to demonstrate a link between snow cover and climate fluctuations and better understand snow cover and melt frequency through computer modelling and statistics.

Prior to Mike’s return to university he worked as a hydrologist for Environment Agency Wales and Halcrow Group Ltd. He worked on projects including river and coastal flood mapping, flood defence scheme design, river re-alignment, flood forecasting (operationally and model development) and flood risk assessment. Mike graduated from Lancaster University in 2004 with a BSc in Environmental Science.

Mike is keen to work on collaborative projects: please get in touch if you think your work will be of interest. You can download his CV/Resume here: http://mikerspencer.com/docs/MikeSpencer_CV.pdf.

Mike is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and member of the Society of Research Software Engineers.

Fieldwork in Abisko, Sweden
Mike en route to a field site near Abisko, Sweden.

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