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Split workshop: Science communication

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Stefania, Maria, Irene, Ariadna and Stella work on their public engagement strategies

The Science Communication workshop was an exploration of the pitfalls and joys of trying to communicate science to the general public via a media who seem determined to misrepresent what we are doing at every opportunity.  Apparently if there is any scope at all to mention the Bermuda Triangle, the emperor Ming or spiteful murdering of aged clams, that is what they will do, leaving the original research far, far behind.  Michael Carroll and James Scourse entertained us with their own personal experiences, the take-home message being that in the fullness of time all publicity is good publicity but it’s still best to try to keep control of the process and have a site with the real story set up in case of disaster.

Ana Bedalov, who organises the Researchers’ Nights in Split, gave a very entertaining talk about involving children and young people in science, capping it off by slinging a paper tablemat across the room and brealing a glass with it.  Kudos!

Interactive exercises were very entertaining and I hope informative as well.  Some of us definitely have hidden talents as interviewers.  And selling science to a range of disparate types from professional footballers to toddlers turned out to be a piece of cake once you had worked out what made them tick (in the case of toddlers, that’s a piece of cake)

We have some very short movie clips from the public engagement exercise here (warning – these are a bit random and my camerawork is shaky):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j3hiI0pgp0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeL1LFKG4Qw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqNz6lRC55U

 

More professionally, we had a visit from the Croatian news magazine HRT Na zahtjev (our clip starts at 27:20)

http://www.hrt.hr/enz/regionalni-dnevnik/334257/ 

(Technical note – the programme seemed to load very slowly on Firefox and much more quickly on Safari)

Split workshop: Numerical modelling

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Fabian, Juan and Li with Odd Helge Otterå

Numerical modelling of climate and the oceans is a complex field, and making linkages between outputs from multiple disparate models and the data we have been working up during ARAMACC is by no means straightforward.  Where the models are similar to our data, what does that mean?  How can we use those similarities to test the models or to validate our data?  I hope we moved a little bit in the right direction during the modelling part of the workshop.  Difficult ideas were very well explained by our team of distinguished experts in the field:

Ivica Vilibic ́on dense water formation and overturning in the Adriatic; Paul Halloran with a very clear and well illustrated overview of numerical modelling followed by an introduction to the intricacies of biogeochemical modelling;  Odd Helge Ottera on how to deal with decadal variability in global ocean models can be used to address decadal variability; and the workshop ended with Eduardo Zorita covering global climate models, focusing on the climate of the last millennium.

We did also find time to take a look at our data, and found some very close and interesting connections between shell growth and some of the models.

 

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Stella, Carin and Paul Halloran

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Eduardo chatting with Melita and Stef (and I think that’s Maria next to Stef, but please tell me if I’m wrong!)

 

ARAMACC Summer School #2 at Split, Croatia 9-13 May

In a little more than a month, we’ll be joining Melita and Ariadna in Croatia for the second ARAMACC Summer School, held at the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split.  As you’ll see from the pictures below, the Institute has found a prime situation for itself right at the end of the promontory with stunning views across the bay to the offshore islands.  Right, that’s the end of the travelogue – now skip past the pictures for what we’ll be doing.

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As before, there will be two parts to this summer school, a sclero-specific part and a workshop on general skills associated with research.

The sclero-specific part this time focuses on “Sclerochronology and Numerical Modelling”; we’ll be discussing how to use sclerochronological time series as a tool for constraining and validating numerical climate models.  Trainers will be two experienced climate modellers from within ARAMACC, Eduardo Zorita from the Institute of Coastal Research and Odd Helge Otterå from the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen.  We will also welcome as guest trainers Paul Halloran from University of Exeter (Paul is the supervisor of Sarah Holmes who you met at NIOZ) and Ivica Vilibić, a physical oceanography expert who is based at IOF.

Our general workshop is about “Dissemination, Communication and Public Outreach”.  This aspect is increasingly important with the plethora of communication tools now available, and communication of science has moved a long way from the old model, with publication of results in blogs and open access journals making publication a much more fluid and interactive process than it used to be.

We’ll discuss the wide range of media that are now available for communication of science, presentation of science at outreach events, presentations to general non-specialist audiences and the importance of ensuring public access to data as soon as possible after publication.  Trainers from within ARAMACC will include our host Melita Peharda, James Scourse with his famous presentation on the various Ming controversies, Michael Carroll from Akvaplan-niva, and myself (yes, really!!) on the use of social media and, I hope, Eduardo again talking about the blog he is involved with, Die Klimazwiebal.  Our guest trainer will be Ana Bedalov who organizes the annual Researchers’ Nights in Split (see 20 seconds into the clip).  In addition, Carin will be joining us from Bergen to help with all parts of the workshop.

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Outline of programme

Below is the outline schedule for the various parts of the Summer School and the main people involved in each part.  Dissemination in green, modelling in orange, presentations in blue.  Carin, Melita and myself will also be around for the week to assist as required

 

Monday 9/5 morning         

Writing a press release, led by James

Monday 9/5  afternoon

Talk by Paul Halloran on epistemological questions about modelling

Presentations of their own records by Amy, Fabian, Tamara, Stella and Juan

 

Tuesday 10/5

Ivica Vilibić on regional ocean models

Model-proxy comparisons using students’ data
 

 

Wednesday 11/5 morning 

Odd Helge on global ocean models and decadal variability

Eduardo on global climate models and climate iof the past millennium

Wednesday 11/5 afternoon

Interactive exercises using the press release

Talk by Ana Bedalov 

 

Thursday 12/5 morning      

Science communication horror stories (James on Ming and Michael on the Bermuda Triangle)

More interactive exercises

 

Thursday 12/5 afternoon

More interactive exercises

Social media (led by Paul B, Michael and Eduardo)

 

Friday 13/5 all day    

Student Presentations (led by Melita)

Each student will give two short presentations:

(i) focusing on the administration side, presenting your strategy for completing your PhD

(ii) focusing on the science, presenting a first version of your talk for Portland for discussion and a short overview of any other findings.

 

Looking forward to another exciting week!

Paul

Cockle picking on the tidal flats

Wednesday 28th October.  Day 3: Rob Witbaard and Chris Richardson led the group in some practical fieldwork investigating variability of shellfish distribution.  We took advantage of some decent weather to step out of the classroom to a nearby tidal flat where we collected cockles along three 300 metre transects then took them back to the lab to measure them and assess the length frequency distribution along the transects.

Cockle Group 2

Ready for action!

 

Chris and quadrat

Chris shows Irene and Ariadna how to randomly position a quadrat then hold it in position in the mud

 

Sieving cockles

Sarah and Juliane sieve some chunks of mud …

 

Cockles out of the ooze

… and slowly the cockles emerge out of the primeval slime

 

A luverly bag of cockles

“I’ve got a luverly bag of cockles”
Tamara (with fork), Rob (with quadrat), Stella (with scarf and wellies) and Chris (proudly displaying his cockles) after a good days work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cockle density plot

We even got some results. Density increased strongly towards low water, but there was a sudden cutoff at the edge of the intertidal zone, perhaps because the sediment became more sandy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooked cockles

But in the end you just have to cook your fieldwork ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cockles on table

… and eat it !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Texel workshop

Posted by Paul

De Slufter, incoming saltwater through the dunes.

De Slufter, incoming saltwater through the dunes. Photo by Hans J.S.C. Jongstra

The next ARAMACC training event isn’t just a workshop.  It isn’t even a double workshop.  This time we are offering us a TRIPLE workshop featuring “Ecology of long-lived bivalves”, “Attracting funding” and “Introduction to R”.  With Rob Witbaard leading, this will take place at the world-famous Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ) on the breezy and bracing North Sea resort island of Texel.  With this workshop happening in the last week of October, it could well be exceptionally breezy!

The workshop takes us from the welcome dinner on Sunday 25th through to Friday 30th October – or the following Monday for those who are braving the optional “R” workshop: the full schedule is here.

The workshops will feature some exciting and distinguished guests:

40f31b1eea426b60618702ea81201331Dr Bryan Black from University of Texas at Austin, dendrochronologist, sclerochronologist and proven expert in the integration of ecological variables to build multicentennial climate reconstructions.  Bryan will be introducing us to the use of multivariate analysis in ecology and leading an exercise in the application of multivariate methods to existing datasets.

 

 

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Dr David Reynolds from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff, who is currently aiming to publish the first 1,000-year annually resolved marine temperature record and who has just obtained funding from NERC for a pan-Atlantic sclerochronology project (CLAM – Climate of the LAst Millennium).  David will be contributing to the grant capture workshop.

 

img_2647-lavaleyeDr Marc Lavaleye, a specialist in the ecology of cold water coral reefs, will give the keynote talk at the start of the workshop on Monday.

 

 

 

 

In addition some of the ARAMACC regulars will be offering their expertise, with Julian introducing us to taxonomy and bivalve identification (useful as I suspect some of us can only identify about two species), while Chris, Paul and Rob will describe their experiences obtaining – or more often failiong to obtain – grant funding.  We’ll also – I hope (weather permitting) – get out of the classroom, when Rob takes us to sample Cerastoderma on the tidal flat.

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NIOZ and the Texel ferry port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EGU 2015 !

egu_logo_ga2015_500x500A few of us will be presenting and/or organizing the ARAMACC session at EGU in Vienna next Wednesday.  The talk session starts early at 8-30, then we have a poster session in the afternoon at 17-30.  The full session lists are below, with links to the abstracts.

And massive thanks to the co-convenors Amy, Tamara, Stella, Juan, Eduardo, Bernd and Paul for organizing everything so efficiently

 

Update Thursday 16th April from Vienna.  The ARAMACC session yesterday was very successful, a full session of six excellent talks (two on corals, one on giant clams, the other three on Arctica) expertly chaired and kept to time by Juan and Tamara.  The room was well filled, with many old friends coming along.  Our poster session was in the afternoon, more great presentations, marshalled by Amy and supplied with goodies by Stella.  We had a prominent position close to the beer and wine (enough said).  Photos will appear on the website in a few days.

 

Oral session 

Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015    8:30 – 10:15 am
Room: Y8
Chairpersons: Juan Estrella-Martinez, Tamara Trofimova

08:30–08:45

EGU2015-6814
A 350 Year Cloud Cover Reconstruction Deduced from Caribbean Coral Proxies
Amos Winter, Paul Sammarco, Uwe Mikolajewicz, Mark Jury, and Davide Zanchettin
08:45–09:00

EGU2015-7356
The Role of Ca and Mg in Controlling the Skeletal Composition of Scleractinian Corals
Peter Swart, Sharmila Giri, Quinn Devlin, and Jess Adkins
09:00–09:15

EGU2015-10662
Daily growth and tidal rhythms resolved in modern and Miocene giant clams via ultra-high resolution LA-ICPMS analysis and image processing
Viola Warter and Wolfgang Müller
09:15–09:30

EGU2015-5355
Annually resolved seawater temperature variability of the Sub-polar North Atlantic over the last 1000 years
David Reynolds, James Scourse, Ian Hall, Alexandra Nederbragt, Alan Wanamaker, Paul Halloran, Paul Butler, Chris Richardson, Jon Eiríksson, Jan Heinemeier, and Karen Luise Knudsen
09:30–09:45

EGU2015-6318
Oceanographic conditions govern shell growth of Arctica islandica (Bivalvia) in surface waters off Northeast Iceland
Soraya Marali and Bernd R. Schöne
09:45–10:00

EGU2015-10894
Teleconnections between proxy sites of Arctica Islandica in simulated and observed sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean
Maria Pyrina, Sebastian Wagner, and Eduardo Zorita
Poster session 

Attendance Time: Wednesday, 15 Apr, 17:30–19:00
Yellow Posters
Chairpersons: Stella Alexandroff, Amy Featherstone

Y1

EGU2015-727
Coral Records of Sea-surface Temperature, Salinity and Density in Western Indonesia: Implications to 20th Century Indonesian Throughflow Variations
Intan Suci Nurhati, Sri Yudawati Cahyarini, and Edward Boyle
Y2

EGU2015-9056
Strontium/lithium ratios in shells of Cerastoderma edule – A potential temperature proxy for brackish environments
Christoph S. Füllenbach, Bernd R. Schöne, and Regina Mertz-Kraus
Y3

EGU2015-306
Annually resolved sclerochronological reconstructions of the climate variability of North Atlantic water masses around the Faroe Islands
Fabian Bonitz and Carin Andersson
Y4

EGU2015-493
Using Mg/Ca on oyster shells as paleoclimatic proxy, example from the Paleogene of Central Asia.
Laurie Bougeois, Marc de Rafélis, Gert-Jan Reichart, Lennart de Nooijer, and Guillaume Dupont-Nivet
Y5

EGU2015-932
Reconstructing coastal environmental condition in the eastern Norwegian Sea by means of Arctica islandica sclerochronological records
Tamara Trofimova and Carin Andersson
Y6

EGU2015-3466
Environmental effects on shell microstructures of Cerastoderma edule
Stefania Milano, Bernd R. Schöne, and Rob Witbaard
Y7

EGU2015-3579
Strontium and barium incorporation into freshwater bivalve shells
Liqiang Zhao and Bernd R. Schöne
Y9

EGU2015-8315
Incremental task: Extending the existing 109 year Fladen Ground master chronology using the annual increments of the ocean quahog Arctica islandica
Juan Estrella-Martínez, Paul Butler, James Scourse, and Christopher Richardson
Y10

EGU2015-10215
An annually-resolved palaeoenvironmental archive for the Eastern Boundary North Atlantic upwelling system: Sclerochronology of Glycymeris glycymeris (Bivalvia) shells from the Iberian shelf
Pedro Freitas, Carlos Monteiro, Paul Butler, David Reynolds, Christopher Richardson, Miguel Gaspar, and James Scourse
Y11

EGU2015-11134
High-resolution elemental records of Glycymeris glycymeris (Bivalvia) shells from the Iberian upwelling system: Ontogeny and environmental control
Pedro Freitas, Christopher Richardson, Simon Chenery, Paul Butler, David Reynolds, Miguel Gaspar, and James Scourse
Y12

EGU2015-12105
Tropical Atlantic temperature seasonality at the end of the last interglacial
Thomas Felis, Cyril Giry, Denis Scholz, Gerrit Lohmann, Madlene Pfeiffer, Jürgen Pätzold, Martin Kölling, and Sander R. Scheffers
Y13

EGU2015-14459
Assessing the utility of elemental ratios as a paleotemperature proxy in shells of patelloid limpets
Lauren Graniero, Donna Surge, and David Gillikin
Y14

EGU2015-14486
Examining the reproducibility of stable isotope ratios in the marine bivalve, Astarte borealis, from populations in the White Sea, Russia: implications for biological consequences of climate change
Justin McNabb and Donna Surge

Pictures from the Faroes cruise

Faroes panorama AR

 

Now that we are back from a very successful cruise to the Faroes and Viking Bank, we can decorate the website with some of the many pictures that were taken on the cruise.  Shortly I will put up a page on the Pictures menu, but first, Alejandro’s Flickr page is worth a visit for some stunning seascapes (such as the moody panaorama of the Faroes above) and pictures of some of the wildlife which paid us a temporary visit before being returned to the deep …

Hermit Crab AR

The business end of a hermit crab Photo Alejandro Roman