With my first week of frustrating network issues and slow data downloads under my belt, I've begun to finally understand what it is I'm supposed to be doing here. I still feel like a complete newbie, but I have an outline of a real project in my mind and the support of the amazing community here at Stanford Earth Sciences, and I'm ready to start making some progress. My project entails working with a month's worth of contiuous seismic recordings from various stations in southern California in an area where seismic swarms are not uncommon. After just a few days of data collection, I was able to see that detecting events in this huge mess of information wasn't going to be an easy task (and it became much more daunting when my advisor told me he anticipated possibly thousands of events to show up in the data). I'm a math and computer science student, but that doesn't mean I won't get overwhelmed by 600+ plots of potential earthquakes blowing up my monitor just from one run of a pattern matching program. That, by the way, just happened.
Goals for the Summer:
William Shakespeare said, "The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream." I'm starting to see what he meant. Whether or not my some of my goals are actually too lofty for one to truly achieve in ten weeks here in this beautiful corner of California (I'm looking at you, 7), I have positivity in my mind and an iMac at my fingertips (and kale chips in my lunchbox). I'm ready to get a move on with that list.
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