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School of GeoScience News - Last 20 Stories

CCS speed dating

Sep 2, 2014 1:00 am

Look at the link below for details of an innovative event organised by Sara Brouwer, a GeoSciences Masters student.

CCS speed dating.

Low Carbon gets to work

Sep 2, 2014 1:00 am

The two-day workshop brought together scientists to look at climate monitoring, and at forests, marking the start of a continuing engagement between the University and the National Physical Laboratory, a collaboration that will involve many GeoSciences staff. See the link below for more information.

Joint NPL-UoE Workshop.

Dinosaurs victims of bad luck

Jul 28, 2014 1:00 am

An international study published in Biological Reviews results in new narrative on the demise of the dinosaurs.

See the University news story for more details. (Link will open a new window.)

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm.

Or the BBC Science site:

'Bad luck' ensured that asteroid impact wiped out dinosaurs

Obituary for Tom Crowley

Jul 3, 2014 1:00 am

The latest edition of Nature Geoscience contains an appreciation of the work of our late colleague Tom Crowley. It is written by a long-time associate of Tom's, Gerald North. Those within the university or who otherwise have online access to Nature Geoscience can view the article from the link below.

Article on Tom will open in a new window

3 Minute Thesis competition

May 14, 2014 1:00 am

Many congratulations to Andi Moring (2nd Year GeoSciences PhD student) who was one of the three winners in the College of Science and Engineering 3 Minute Thesis competition and was the Runner Up in the University final on 20 June. Her presentation was entitled 'The silence of the lambs: How do sheep and climate affect air pollution?'.

Andi is supervised by Ruth Doherty, Massimo Vieno (visiting fellow and at CEH) and Mark Sutton (CEH).

More information about the 3 Minute Thesis Competition can be found on Competition Website

Steve Brusatte in Nature Comms

May 7, 2014 1:00 am

In a paper published today in Nature Communications Steve and his Chinese colleagues report on the discovery of a nine-metre long new type of Tyrannosaur with a long and horny snout.

Read more about it on the BBC science and environment pages. BBC report here.

Award for Dan Swanton

Apr 24, 2014 1:00 am

The School is proud to congratulate Dr Dan Swanton for his award of the annual EUSA 'Best Feedback Award'.

See the announcement here.

Dan also received one the of the School's two Personal Tutor of the Year Awards - in his case for the second year running. Congratulations also to Dr Linda Kirstein, who received the other PT of the Year award.

Marine Systems and Policies

Apr 23, 2014 1:00 am

The School of GeoSciences is offering the first European MSc in Marine Systems and Policies. Focussing on three spheres: Marine Natural Systems; Marine Policy Systems and Marine Build Systems, the Programme will draw upon expertise from the Earth Sciences and beyond, including contributions from across the University and collaborators from external organisations.

This Programme promises to be an excellent addition to our growing suite of Taught Masters Programmes and is particularly ideal for students with backgrounds in natural sciences, social sciences or engineering seeking to expand and deepen these disciplinary foundations. The content of the Programme aims to provide a strong foundation for working at international, national or local levels for think-tanks, consulting firms, government and NGOs where an integrated understanding of marine ecosystems, policy and infrastructure is needed.

Dr. David Reay, Director of Postgraduate Teaching says: ‘This new, innovative and applied Programme is exactly what we (The School of GeoSciences) are all about - combining expertise and spanning the full spectrum of the GeoSciences fields to offer students a uniquely interdisciplinary opportunity for critical study and exploration. I’m not going to lie, I wish I could study Marine Systems and Policies!’

To find out more about MSc Marine Systems and Policies, please visit the programme website which includes links to the Application process.

For any questions relating to this new MSc, please e-mail olivia.eadie@ed.ac.uk

New badge for Guides!

Apr 21, 2014 1:00 am

Becky Coats designed a series of practical weather-related challenges whilst working on her 4th year Outreach project. This has since been taken up by Girlguiding Scotland and developed into one of their 'Go for it!' challenge badges.

See here for the news story on the University website.

Carbon focused art exhibition

Apr 11, 2014 1:00 am

A unique exhibition of art works responding to carbon in its many forms entitled 'C', is now on show at ECCI.

As part of the first collaboration between the Edinburgh College of Art and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, students of the Edinburgh College Art Space Nature have produced a series of provocative works that explore visual and interactive stimuli in the context of ECCI’s multi-faceted approach to creating a low carbon future.

The Exhibition will run at the ECCI from the 7th to 25th April, in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

See ECCI News item.


Mar 5, 2014 2:00 pm

Visit the School's webpages to see details of the many scholarships available for 2014/15 entry.

Details of Scholarships and Programmes This will open in a new page.

Gabi Hegerl receives award

Mar 5, 2014 1:00 am

Congratulations to Professor Gabi Hegerl who will receive a Research Merit Award from the Royal Society. Her work will focus on learning about the climate system from the observed record.

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced the appointment of 21 new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders. Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

Major ESRC Award

Mar 5, 2014 1:00 am

Professor Chris Dibben has been awarded £7 million by ESRC to run an Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland (ADRC-S). The centre will support researchers wanting to use administrative data for their own research and will also have its own programme of research into substantive social and health research areas (e.g. informal care and an ageing population) and into technologies that will enhance these datasets (e.g. Natural Language Processing).

The Centre will be directed by Chris Dibben and include collaborators from the universities of Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling and work in close partnership with the NHS and Scottish Government.

The ADRC-S will be based in the Edinburgh Bioquarter, with facilities to accommodate up to 50 researchers (both permanent staff and visiting researchers). Together with similar centres in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it will deliver an Administrative Data Research Network to the UK research community.

Paul Boyle Chief Executive of the ESRC has commented that: "There will be benefits [from the network] for researchers, government, local communities and the public – indeed there is the potential for a revolution in our ability to answer a host of questions that were previously intractable."


Mar 5, 2014 1:00 am

ECCI's newly refurbished building at High School Yards was officially opened by The Princess Royal, the University’s Chancellor, on 8 October 2013. After 19 months of construction, £10.5 million investment and nearly three years in operation, the world’s first carbon innovation hub officially opened its doors as the George and Kaity David Centre - named after businessman and alum George David whose donations have helped make the project a reality.

The School is delighted to report that ECCI recently received confirmation the building has made history by becoming the first listed building to achieve the UK's highest green building award at design stage.

ECCI has announced its latest strategic project - 'Smart Accelerator'. This 18 month, £1.2million project aims to accelerate the development of major smart city and sustainable island projects in Scotland, based on inter-national good practice. This ERDF-funded project is geared towards integrating SMEs and academic expertise to maximise sustainable local economic development and is supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, SCDI and the University of Edinburgh.

ECCI is partnering with Edinburgh City Council and Edinburgh's Colleges on the Edinburgh Interspace project. The new ERDF funded initiative will develop and enhance synergies between Edinburgh's existing incubators and accelerators to create effective knowledge exchange, enhance existing services and provide a central portal to announce internationally that 'Edinburgh is open for business and ready to incubate ideas and business'.

The ECCI website.


Mar 5, 2014 1:00 am

Steve Brusatte has been one of the experts consulted for the new film ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ Steve helped the story-tellers incorporate new science to portray a more accurate representation of dinosaurs based on his current research. This contribution has not gone un-noticed as Steve has been busy giving television and radio interviews to a number of stations. This included live spots on BBC Scotland and BBC Wales, and various other BBC stations. Along with BBC Breakfast, Steve did a piece for BBC Newsround. The US press picked up on this too when Steve was asked to give a 45-minute interview for Science Fantastic with Michio Kaku, the largest syndicated science radio program in the US.

Steve has a great outreach website. Here it is.

Medal for Ian Main

Mar 5, 2014 1:00 am

The European Geosciences Union has just recently named next year’s Medals and Award. Professor Iain Main has been will be presented with his Louis Néel Medal in April 2014.

‘The Louis Néel Medal was established by the Division on Magnetism, Palaeomagnetism and Rock Physics in recognition of the scientific achievements of Louis Eugène Felix Néel. This medal is reserved for individuals in recognition of outstanding achievement in rock magnetism and rock physics and geomaterials.’

Award for Massimo Bollasina

Mar 5, 2014 1:00 am

The Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has announced that Massimo Bollasina is the recipient of the James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award for 2013. Dr.Bollasina’s research investigates the physical processes and mechanisms governing regional climate change and variability, in particular the role of anthropogenic aerosols. His novel and comprehensive use of various modelling tools, in conjunction with ground and satellite observational datasets, has yielded important syntheses of theoretical understanding and numerical modelling for practical applications.

Network in Drummond Back online

Mar 16, 2013 7:00 pm

Power has been restored to the Network rack in Drummond Street, following the power outage earlier today. Access to services in Drummond Street should now be restored.

Power Problem in Drummond Street

Mar 16, 2013 1:00 am

Power to Drummond Street has been restored after a power cut on Saturday morning. Unfortunately the power to a cabinet that runs all the networking equipment subsequently tripped out. Computer network facilities were unavailable at Drummond Street until this was resolved around 7pm. School computing services should now be back to normal.

Greenland Hydrology

Mar 4, 2013 1:00 am

Researchers in Edinburgh’s Cryosphere Research group were involved in two papers just published in high impact journals that report on the seasonal evolution of the Greenland Ice Sheet’s hydrological system. The morphology of the subglacial drainage system critically influences both the dynamics and geomorphic impact of the ice sheet but until now, the structure and evolution of this system during the melt season have remained poorly understood. Using two types of hydrological tracer, fluorescent rhodamine dye and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), injected into the drainage system over three melt seasons, we observed subglacial drainage properties and evolution beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet, up to 57 km from the ice sheet margin. The results indicate an evolution from a slow, inefficient drainage system to a fast, efficient channelized drainage system over the course of the melt season. The rapid development of an efficient and extensive subglacial drainage system suggests that the ice sheet may be less sensitive dynamically to increasing surface melt in a warming climate than previously suggested.

The two papers, in the Journal of Geophysical Research and Nature Geoscience, were led by Tom Cowton, a PhD student based in Edinburgh GeoSciences, and by colleagues at Bristol University respectively with input from numerous Edinburgh researchers (in bold below).

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