This summer, I will be using Sp receiver functions to image the structure of the Australian lithosphere. This project is a follow up of the analysis to a study in 2010 (The lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary and cratonic lithospheric layering beneath Australia from So wave imaging). Since 2010, seismic networks have expanded, providing more data and coverage across the continent. My role in this project will be to request and process data from broadband seismic stations. In addition, I will take on forward modeling and interpret the results to better characterize the structure of the lithosphere and the nature of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary.
This week, our assignment from IRIS was to develop an ‘elevator speech’ for our individual projects. These types of speeches are important and useful because they are essentially a bridge that connects science/research to an audience that may not have the same level of knowledge or understanding (possibly no knowledge at all). It gives others a better understanding of the importance and relevance of your work. This speech is useful for meetings such as AGU, but also useful in simply explaining to anyone (friends, family, co-workers, employers, etc.) what it is you are doing.
I found this assignment to be very useful because it gave the me opportunity to evaluate my current understanding of my project. It made me realize the areas in my project that I do not fully understand, but I can now look into or as questions about. I found that the assignment was a bit easier than I had anticipated because I have already been developing this speech when I explain to family and friends what I have been working on this summer. However, when I have been practicing, I realize that I have not been consistent on the things that I emphasized or the way I explained things. Overall I could stand to continue practicing and revising my speech. And I am sure as I continue working and learning about this project, my speech will evolve.
The second week, I had been working on processing all of the data from the broadband seismic stations. For my project, the data that was collected were from permanent and temporary stations in Australia. The data set collected was selected using earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.5 or greater over roughly the past 30 years. It was requested and obtained the data from IRIS. Once downloaded, the data was then unpacked and processed using a code on Matlab. There was a LOT of data, so the overall task of processing all of the data has taken all week and some.
One of the skills that I believe is important to develop is the use of software and statistics for data analysis and presentation, in this case, understanding Matlab and GMT. Prior to this internship, my experience in computer science was minimal. My hope is to develop my understanding of coding and computer science and the ability to create or edit scripts that will satisfy my needs as well as be able to debug errors that may occur. If I am able to do this independently, or with minimal help, and be able to explain what I am doing, I would consider myself proficient. However, there will still be more that I can learn, practice, and improve on.
This past week was my first week in Riverside and first time working on my project. I have had the opportunity to get to know my surroundings a bit. Lucky for me, I have found a rock climbing gym down the street, which I have frequented several times already. So far, everyone I have met is incredibly nice, welcoming, and helpful. I am looking forward to working with them and on this project.
For this week, I have read the publication of the 2010 study, which my current project is following up on. In addition, I have requested data from the broadband seismic stations and am currently working on processing the data using a code on Matlab.
So, there are a few goals that I would like to accomplish through this internship. I am very interested in coding but have very little experience. One of my main goals is learn and practice coding to become proficient. I would also like to improve my abilities to work independently, to work through problems, and to develop a good sense of how to analyze, organize, interpret information. Lastly, I am fairly new to seismology and I want to determine whether or not this is a field I'd like to study in the future.
These are my goals for the summer split up into thirds
First goals (1/3):
Second goals (2/3):
Third goals (3/3):