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Critical perspectives in climate reconstructions from pollen

This week I am at Caux, high above Lac Léman, Switzerland, attending a Pollen Climate Model Intercomparison Project workshop. The invited talk I gave this morning talk was on   Critical_Issues_in_pollen_climate_reconstructions. (I’ve made the ioslides presentation into a pdf – … Continue reading

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Downloading Polish weather data

I needed some temperature data from Poland for some work I am doing on the pheonology of understorey plants in Białowieża Forest. The easy source of data is the GHCN which can be accessed through the rnoaa package. This code … Continue reading

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Resilience workshop in Finse: deadline soon

At the end of March, there is a workshop on Measuring Components of Resilience in Long-term Ecological Datasets The workshop is at Finse, high in the mountains between Bergen and Oslo. Along with debate about how ecosystem resilience can estimated … Continue reading

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2016 in numbers

Highest temperature: 120 °C At least that is what the (possibly broken) thermometer in the wood-fired sauna near Tallinn read when I was taken there and beaten with a viht by PhD students Annika and Agata. After a quick plunge … Continue reading

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OxCal and R

OxCal is perhaps the most powerful of the three main Bayesian age-depth modelling procedures, with many many options and the potential for building far more complicated than your typical palaeolimnologist needs to use. Unlike Bchron and Bacon, OxCal is not … Continue reading

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There is no scientific misconduct …

The youngest patient was two years old when she died three months after Professor Paolo Macchiarini’s experimental surgery to replace her trachea. Since then, Macchiarini has been accused of scientific malpractice. An external investigation found that he reported in a … Continue reading

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Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy

Whenever I see a lake, especially one as beautiful as Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy in the High Tatras, I wonder about what hypotheses could be tested with a sediment core. The lake, in a glacial cirque 1624 m a.s.l., is 51 … Continue reading

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