We have lift off!!!

I’ve been working on mounting the new Flir Vue Pro R to the phantom over the last few weeks. The wooden prototype worked reasonably well but was a bit off balance, the new 3D printed design flys much better and has mounting slots for the battery and for better securing of the camera and battery. I did a few tests using video, timelapse and photos but need to tinker with the settings a bit more before taking it out to Iceland.

The mount flys well, and doesn’t inhibit the use of the phantoms inbuilt camera, I’ve also worked out how to georeference the thermal images.

Things I’ll be looking into in the coming weeks include…

  • Tweaking the settings
  • Optimum height for acquisition
  • Stitching together thermal images

Looking forward to an exciting few weeks ahead.

Ben

Fieldwork 2019 Booked

I’ll be heading out to Iceland again in Easter 2019 to carry out some repeat UAV surveys of my field sites, fortunately, the equipment is a little more portable this year. I’m looking forward to seeing the topography change over the last year. I’ll also be carrying out a thermal imaging survey from the drone at dawn/dusk to help identify areas of ground ice. In addition to this, I will be building on the geophysics (EM-31) collected last year, by using resistivity to collect resistivity sounds to help constrain cover and ice thickness. Depending on how the preliminary tests go next week I may also collect some 2D transects using a different configuration of the resistivity equipment. As mentioned before this fieldwork is kindly supported by the NSGG.

British Geophysical Association Photo Competition Second Place

Some more great news, my submission (see above) to the BGA photograph competition won second prize, first prize went to an amazing photograph taken offshore retrieving equipment from between icebergs as if it were a giant hook a duck (really impressive, both the activity and the photo). The photographs were judged by the BGA committee at the Postgraduate Research in Progress Meeting in the University of Cardiff. The prize money will be put towards the next field season which will hopefully yield more photographs of geophysical surveys being carried out among the beautiful scenery of Iceland.

Thanks again to the British Geophysical Association

NSGG funding 2019 fieldwork

Following a successful funding application, the Near Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) are funding part of my next field season in Iceland. The Field season is planned for Easter 2019. I plan to carry out repeat flights over my current sites to identify any subtle changes in topography, take resistivity readings to identify cover and ice thickness and collect thermal imaging at dawn and dusk to help identify any potential ground ice.

This is great news and I’m looking forward to the planning and execution of the fieldwork early next year.

A big thankyou to all concerned at the NSGG.

Literature Review Submitted

My the literature review component has been submitted today, just in time for Christmas. I’ve learnt a lot but still have a lot more to learn and I’m looking forward to getting back into processing more of my data from the previous field season and preparing for the next (Easter 2019) where I plan to carry out resistivity surveys and collect some repeat UAV surveys in SE Iceland. Thanks to my supervisor Dr Richard Waller for the support and encouragement while writing the literature review and to Dr Sam Davenward and Gethin Evans for proof reading for me.

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.