About scottishsnow

About the blog

The purpose of this blog is to document some of Mike’s research. The goal is to encourage a greater interest in science and share methods to help others along. As Mike has now finished his PhD, what appears on this blog will move away from snow topics, but stay close to working with data using open source tools.

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

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 reallignment, 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 member of the Royal Statistical Society and British Hydrological Society.

Fieldwork in Abisko, Sweden

Michael Spencer enroute to a field site near Abisko, Sweden. (Copyright Michael Spencer)

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