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3+1 PhD student specialising in the history of applied weather information This project investigates how atmospheric knowledge transferred into public and private activity since the Second World War, and how public and private organisations recognised opportunities presented by stochastic weather events.
Skills and Expertise
The social contributors to the formation of expertise are often a taboo subject when practitioner communities interact with outsiders, making the exploration of these inputs a difficult endeavour. When exploring scientific communities, one resource that many STS and HSTM scholars can draw from is their personal experience as students of science – e...
The famine in the Western Sahel that made international headlines in the early 1970s was one of the first major post-colonial disasters, and set the tone for Western engagement in the region throughout the following decades. It was also one of the earliest events that was decisively linked with narratives of global climatic change, helping to prope...
Reid Allen Bryson (1920–2008) was a forceful orator who consistently fought against institutional pressures to get his messages out to the public. In the 1960s, Bryson was a leader in the wider academic turn toward politically charged interdisciplinarianism. To the dismay of many of his colleagues, he publicly made climatological prognoses in the 1...
The infection pattern of a mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic in the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF) was extracted from National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) aerial photography data via the application of pixel colour analysis and texture functions. From initial analysis, local percolation clusters were identified. Epidemic simulations we...