Modularise your work!

After the first post on the general importance of programming in the earth sciences today I will start with this post to go into more detail of techniques. In general there are two simple paradigms, which help me through the most problems in programming and work in general: The first is KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid (one of the many common extensions of this abbreviation). First roots of this principle can be found in design, but it can be applied within many different sorts of applications. To keep things simple helps a lot within programming, since at one point everybody has to revisit their own code after some sort of break. A quick understanding of it is essential to enhance its functionality, reuse debugged snippets or finding errors. Using simple solutions also helps to interact with co-workers and others. Especially when scientists have to expect to interact with other disciplines, simple ways are often the only way forward. Continue reading


EGU 2014 – The last day

EGU 2014 statisticsThe last day of the EGU 2014 is done and it was again a quite interesting one. It started with a session on data publication, which gave a good overview on the current technical side of developments within this community. Since I had written my PhD on this topic, it was definetely a must see session for me. Additionally, my poster was placed in this session, which was presented in the following slot. Therein, I had some very interesting discussions about the necessity and potential consequences of data peer review.

After the lunch I paid a short visit to a nice verification talk before I took a walk over to the sea-level session. Therein several interesting talks, especially those focussing on statistics, generated a nice ending of a week of talks. The poster session at the end offered again some interesting points of discussion and with it ended the conference.

All in all it was a great week in Vienna. Like I had hoped a lot of interesting discussions emerged, I have seen a lot of interesting talks and posters and learned a lot. I am happy with the responses to my contributions and the wonderful weather was a great add on before I travel back to the UK. This was a week with a lot of ups and just a few downs and so I hope I will have the chance to be back in Vienna soon.


EGU 2014 – Own talk

Today was dominated by the session of the project I am working for. It started with some presentation on the holocene, which incorporated very interesting inside on the sea level change during the past several thound years. The second session started with the great medal talk of Maureen Raymo. She had explained with several little funny anecdotes her career and gave a great overview on the connection between the changing chemical components of the ocean and the sea level and with it the ice sheets.

After a little change within the audiance, I gave my talk on the sea level highstand during the last interglacial. It went quite well and it was quite fun to have one of the larger rooms to give a presentation. Another talk from my project closed the session, which was quite a success. The afternoon I spend in a session on ensemble methods, which offered quite a nice overview on the developments in the mathematical science of combining models with observations.

The evening had an interesting poster session with a lot of nice talk to offer and closed the day on the conferences. Tomorrow will be the last day of the EGU and I will have a poster to present.