While the rest of the work crew is off mountain biking, I'm sitting in a coffee shop working on my AGU abstract. It's a small price to pay and I really don't mind. The fieldwork has been beautiful. Installing seismometers can be pretty fun, except for the black flies and mosquitoes. We have bug jackets, but they are really just bug filters. They keep out everything but whatever can stick a needle-like beak (misquitoes have beaks, right?) through the bug jacket and however many layers of clothing you're wearing (I swear those things could get you through a parka). But i'd take misquito bites over black fly bites any day. The black fly bites I have from a week ago are still red and swollen.
By this time we've been able to really streamline the process of station installation. We prebuild most of the solar panel frames. Once we get to a site, it is relatively quick assemble the frame the rest of the way, dig a couple holes, and mix some concrete. Of course, we still have to let the concrete set over night and come back the next day to put the sensor in and check everything. The concrete is the slow step.
I haven't had much time to do non-field work, and internet is a rare commodity, but I've gotten a relatively good amount of matlab code written on the rode, so that's been nice. Here's a little of what's come up lately: I assembled shear wave splitting analysis that I did into a bunch of figures, one of which is the following:
(forgive me, the site I uploaded this too severely reduced the quality, and I have about 5 more minutes in the coffee shop so I don't have time to fix it, anyways, it looks much better full quality).
This shows the parameters of the best quality data from my study, arranged by backathimuth. The top plot shows that there is a change in fast direction with back azimuth. My current non-fieldwork job is to investigate this.
Black flies, 'skeeter bites
however itchy they are
don't ruin nice days
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