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Seismology

Hackathon: when ideas happen

Hackathon: when ideas happen

  You live in a developing country and wish for access to safe drinking water [1]. Or, you are at the supermarket and want to jump the endless line at the checkout [2]. Maybe you are a business woman and want to confidently represent yourself as the professional you are [3].   Whether it be inspired by the best of intentions or simply the laziness of a shopper, an idea worth developing a ...[Read More]

SM
Seismology

Hackathon in Zurich – ETH Team

Hackathon in Zurich – ETH Team

A colleague, external partners and I organized a hackathon on permafrost which took place from 28/11/2019 to 01/12/2019.   We tried not to follow the traditional competition-like hackathon approach, but wanted to foster interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration through working jointly on a predefined dataset.   We targeted to bring together computer and environmental scienti ...[Read More]

SM
Seismology

Hackathon in Vienna – IMGW Team

Hackathon in Vienna – IMGW Team

The whole idea of a Hackathon in Science came to me a couple of years ago, when I first read the AgileScientific blog written by Matt Hall.   I figured that such an event is perhaps the most optimal way to generate and develop ideas in rapid time. Then, after I participated in the Ready2Order Hackathon in Vienna, my colleagues and I decided that the time has come and we need to make it happen ...[Read More]

SM
Seismology

Hackathon in Paris – IPGP Team

Hackathon in Paris – IPGP Team

A few weeks ago, we organized and hosted a hackathon at IPGP and it turned out to be a very successful event.   We are a group of five organizers who are: finishing their PhD in Machine Learning, no longer working as research scientists (currently involved in data science and data engineering), and still living the dream.   We wanted to create an event that would help bring data scientis ...[Read More]

NH
Natural Hazards

The multitasking skillbox of researchers, direct experiences from Early Career Scientists.

The multitasking skillbox of researchers, direct experiences from Early Career Scientists.

Science is “the study of the nature and behaviour of natural things and the knowledge that we obtain about them” (Collins online dictionary). In other words, science is tightly linked to gaining knowledge. However, this definition and many others never mention that to gain knowledge through science, a vast amount of experience must be acquired beforehand and put into practice every day ...[Read More]

CR
Cryospheric Sciences

Climate Change & Cryosphere – The fate of Georgian Glaciers

Last week, we learned about the dramatic fate of the Hochjochferner, which has strongly retreated in the past years due to climate change. It represented just one example amongst many alpine glaciers, which are following a similar path. But the Alps are not the only mountain range in which glaciers are retreating. Another example closeby is the Caucasus region. Its glaciers are also shrinking at a ...[Read More]

NP
Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences

Why Bushfires raged out of control across Australia?

Why Bushfires raged out of control across Australia?

Australian wildfires have burned an impressively large surface and caused the death of at least 24 citizens as well as of numerous animals. This immense disaster raises questions about its linkage with climate change, the possibility of controlling these events and the future of Australian wildlife ecosystems. While the first question will be addressed by soon to come attribution studies, and the ...[Read More]

TS
Tectonics and Structural Geology

Sendai, living on the edge!

Sendai, living on the edge!

Sendai and its people live on the edge. The city and its citizens learned to live over a subduction zone. Sendai has survived 500 years of hazards; it is a resilient and industrious city. People know disaster will strike again, but also that they will rise up when it does. Japan, ‘the sunrise country’, would be much better named ‘the land of sinking tectonic plates’. Above the point where the Paci ...[Read More]

CR
Cryospheric Sciences

Education in glaciology: Witnessing the death of a glacier

Education in glaciology: Witnessing the death of a glacier

The Karthaus summer school on Glaciers and Ice Sheets in the Climate System has a long history of training many generations of PhD students, thus forming professional networks that have lasted throughout their careers. The Karthaus summer school has been described in detail in a previous Cryoblog post. Here we want to focus on the story of a glacier… Hochjochferner, a retreating glacier One ...[Read More]