Mackay Minutes 2016/08/25

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MacKay website, and minutes

How did we do on our todo list?

  • Laura
    • was going to be looking at regressions using a "tilted" axes of latitude and longitude.
  • Madison
    • was going to be continuing her GIS work and research of currents, winds, soils, etc.
    • incorporate latitude and longitude lines into maps
    • Contact Thad
  • Steve
    • offered to look into keeping the Sehnert room free for our use.

The Readings

  • No new readings.

Moving forward

  • Our abstract:
    • Global climate change – its causes and consequences – is arguably humanity's greatest challenge today. Global climate data permits us to understand how the Earth has changed and is changing; models based on data permit us to predict how the Earth will change. Both missions are critical.
    • Starting from an amazing and largely unexplored data set of phenological (seasonal) changes in Nova Scotia (dating from 1901 to 1923), we will search for signals of early climate change; then we will extrapolate, to explore how we can predict climate impacts such as the spread of the Zika virus inside its mosquito host.
  • Timeline:
    • May 7th -June, 2016: software and MacKay data preparation and exploration;
    • June-July, 2016: data visualization and statistical analysis;
    • July-August, 2016: phenochron and climate signal exploration and detection;
  • Change in administration, to the department:
    • Laura has been moved to the department
    • Madison will burn up what's left of the grant money.

In the News

Todo for next week

  • Andy
    • Straighten out the SVD strategy; do we need to do a scaling that we haven't done?
    • Continue tidying up the report. Finish intro, incorporating remarks from MacKay, then on to data compilation. I suggest that this be a paper about the summary data, not the Fenech data.
  • Madison
    • get and graph DEM model for Nova Scotia
    • get soils info from Thad
    • try to put the schools into Nova Scotia map, perhaps 3D.
    • keep looking for wind/current/etc. data for Nova Scotia
    • replot the small multiples with the new "final" data set.
  • Laura
    • will look into non-linear regression packages for R
    • think about how to create a criterion for "best" regression angle.
    • How is the angle obtained (whatever it is) sensible? Is it really the "main-axis" of Nova Scotia? Maybe we can plot "Nova Scotia" once it's been rotated....
    • Document how the "final FAT data" was created.
  • Steve
    • will check on deadlines for Joint Math Meeting abstract submissions/sessions.
  • Thad (bonus!)
    • will see if he can find any GIS info to help Madison

Next meeting

Thursday, 9/1, 3:ish