This week has been spent mostly reading articles so I can catch up in terms of understanding my project. I also completed tutorials for Unix, GMT, and SAC - still not completely comfortable, but I'm sure I'll get better as I use them. My adviser, Sue, has been really helpful in getting me settled in and started. She even connected me with a running group, and this morning I got to go on a run with a Math professor here at NMT. There's a farmer's market here on Saturday mornings, and it was a great way to start the day. It is starting to get hotter though, and it's forecasted to be over 100 degrees all next week.
Sue made this easy for me by creating a work schedule for the summer.
By the end of the summer my project's goal is to have a catalog of events from the first year of data collected from the Cascadia Initiative.
Also, by the end of the summer I would like to have a game plan for applying to graduate school - so knowing which schools I am interested in, and in what field, along with getting things in line for the application process.
I would also like to make it a goal not to die cycling to NMT every day. (Cycling in roads gives me anxiety.)
Breaking this up further:
For the first third of the internship I would like to grasp the problem I am working on, which I am currently tackling by reading articles on Cascadia, nonvolcanic tremor, low frequency earthquakes, and repeated earthquakes. Also, understanding how my project this summer impacts future research. Most immediately, I need to understand the detection method that I will be using, which is proving to be quite taxing on my brain. Within the first third, I also need to create maps of station locations, as well as previously located earthquakes.
My goal for the second third of the summer is to actually determine repeating earthquakes, within and outside tremor, using both land stations and OBS stations. I suspect this will take up the bulk of the summer, so this goal will likely not be completed by the second third of the summer, but continue into the final third.
The last third I would like to at least start with locating these events, which is listed under tasks if there is enough time in the summer. So the feasibility of this goal will depend on how long it takes to build the catalog of events. I would also like to have made progress on my poster for AGU, as well as completing an abstract to submit. This way I don't have to worry about it too much during the school year, and have only minor things to do when it's time for AGU (which is exactly when finals are...yay...)
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