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NSGG Postgraduate Research Symposium 2018 & Coptrz meeting.

Busy day today in Leeds. I presented the results from my baseline survey in Iceland to the NSGG Postgraduate Research Symposium and was featured in a poster about geophysical survey with a mausoleum.

I was pleased with how my presentation went and if I didn’t pronounce Skeiðarárjökull right it was very close and sounded vaguely Icelandic. I received lots of good feedback and the other presentations stimulated some interesting discussion about a range of topics.

Unfortunately I missed a few of the presentations after lunch, but I did manage to squeeze in a quick meeting with George from Coptrz to discuss latest drone technologies (particularly thermal imaging and multi spectral cameras) and how they could be incorporated into my dead ice project, taking into account the need to transport the equipment by plane (LiPo batteries and planes don’t mix well).

I look forward to seeing how the other participants project a progress in the future, and would like to thank all involved for organising the event.

Skeideranoodle…Skeiderayoukul…Skeiðarárjökull

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Today has been a bit of weird day to say the least, I’m currently on holiday in North Wales but I have some final tweaks to do for my NSGG conference presentation that I have been working on. I realized that this is the first time I will have to pronounce Skeiðarárjökull in public… Panic stations!!!

So whilst hiking down the North Wales slate trails to Beddgelert I have been listening to the pronunciation for Skeiðarárjökull on Forvo.com and repeating as best I can.

Picture this, perfect weather (rare in North Wales), lush green forests, craggy mountains in the distance and a strange man talking nonsense.

“Skeideranoodle…Skeiderayoukul…Skeiðarárjökull…Got it!!…Skeiderajookel…Nope!…Skeider…”

My wife Sam and dog Errol think I have gone mad.

Fingers crossed I can master this fiendishly difficult place name before monday.

3D Models Into Augmented Reality

Following the creation of the 3D models from Iceland, I have been looking into ways of making them accessible and interactive for a range of users. It took little additional learning to move the models from the virtual reality world into augmented reality.

I achieved this using the Augment app and web app. The model works well, especially when combined with a physical tracker to mount the model to, such as a book or a buisness card. The user can manipulate the model by moving the tracker relative to an ios or android device. I would argue that you have more control over the model in virtual reality and that augmented reality for this data set is more of a gimmick, however for creating supplementary data for field courses and course practicals it may have some benefits.

If you want to try it out you can download the app from the app store or google play for free. once you have download the app scan the QR code below, create a tracker (optional) and view one of the 3d models in the palm of your hand or on your desk.

Augment Model QR

Google Streetview Submissions

During my recent trip to Iceland I picked up a copy of Dave Evans’ book on Vatanajökull National Park (Southern Region): Guide to a Glacial Landscape Legacy, from the Rangers centre at Skaftafell.

The book has been a tremendous help to me whilst writing my literature review and planning my initial fieldwork season. The back of the book contains a series of suggested walks to places of note relating to glaciology and geomorphology. Whilst collecting my data at some of the site highlighted in the walking routes I thought it may be useful to photograph the locations as 360 photo spheres and upload them to google street view. I did this thinking it might be useful to others who study in similar fields.

Since uploading them they have generally been receiving around 7000-10,000 views per month which is completely astounding. Maybe its just tourists trying to find the perfect Instagram photo (I don’t think #BuriedIce will catch on any time soon but who knows) but I hope it’s helping others researching in this part of Iceland. Bonus points if you can find the Em-31.

Skeiðarárjökull Old Route 1 collapse structure 1

Skeiðarárjökull Old Route 1 collapse structure 2

Skeiðarárjökull 1991 Surge Limit

Skeiðarárjökull Ice-Cored moraine

Emlid Reach RS Training

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An aerial photograph of the training session, courtesy of my second supervisor Dr Alex Nobajas.

Today I provided an informal training session for interested Keele GGE staff, students and postgraduates, on the use of the Emlid Reach RS GNSS antennas for survey grade georeferencing. The training focused on setup, configuration, survey techniques, potential pitfalls and suggested uses.

I have been using the Emlids since early February 2018 when they were purchased by the department, throughout there use they have proven to be an excellent and cheap alternative to the more familiar GNSS systems offered by the likes of Leica, Trimble and Topcon.

First Guest Lecture

Giving PresentationToday I gave my first guest lecture at Keele University. The lecture provided an overview of the many ways in which geophysical data can be georeferenced, and the associated accuracies for each method. This included GNSS, Total Stations, Structure from Motion (SfM), Lidar, through to mobile mapping systems.

I felt that the lecture was well recived with a good level of student interaction via mentimeter.