November 2019 Research Updates

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This is an ongoing post of research updates during the month. Updates are provided every few days, and you can easily reach the update by clicking the link in the calendar.
11/4/19 – Another Month

I’ve made a lot of progress in regards to grading of the midterm in Earth Rocks. I spent a good deal of time over the weekend to make sure I was finished today. I have another 8 to grade (maybe a few more after this), but the bulk of it is done. Today, I’m working on creating a code to visualize the results the 2D model is giving. I need to compare the results I am getting for different inputs as I finalize the conditions for HCN. I’m struggling because I don’t know how to use the result data file, .pkl. I think I will reach out to someone who knows Python because I fear there isn’t a simple solution.

I hope to finish this tomorrow if not today. I am in the meantime trying to run a few codes for the melt ponds at 10s of meters at a finer resolution to see if we can have slightly higher resolution for instances of drainage. Right now, I am running at 0.01 m starting depth and at 0.1 cm increments. It seems to be working for ppts at 100, 500, 750, and 1000 at 1 second time steps. That is very slow, but all I’m looking for is low depth results (~10m).

I got the email for my revisions today. They shouldn’t be too drastic, but I only have a month. I noticed when trying to resubmit a revised paper, the Cassini Special Issue is no longer an option. I can only assume that I am too late for that. I didn’t realize I’d be penalized for the review process taking the time it took. I suppose it doesn’t really matter in which edition it gets published, but it is disheartening nonetheless. It would have been nice to see my work in the final review of Cassini work.

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11/8/19 Stagnation

This has not been a great week. It’s so easy to keep pushing off discussing my progress until I feel like I have something substantial to say, but I don’t think that’s productive. I finished grading midterms, but that didn’t take all week. I helped Gavin and Carol with a couple things. Of course, that only took a few hours at best. I reviewed my feedback from the reviewers on my paper, and I spent a bit of time checking and changing the planetary ice MATLAB code. I got some aid from Chase on how to use the results the 2D heat transfer model, but I’ve yet to do anything with it. I can talk about little things I did, but the crux of it is I could have done better.

It was a week of distractions and procrastination. My goal is to shame myself into avoiding letting this happen again by talking about it here. I will say, I’ve gotten better at staying off Facebook. That was a serious problem for a while, but I’ve made a point to simply avoid the most distracting (online games) aspects while working by avoiding it outside of work too. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other distractions too. One thing I’ll try doing moving forward with this blog is start by setting up goals before each day to help me focus.

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11/11/19 – Reviewing Python and Beginning Edits

Goals: Begin reviewing the notes Chase sent me. I need to read through it and set up a template file or framework of troubleshooting. I don’t have to get it working, but I need to at least have something that should be outputting/visualizing results. Lastly, I will spend 2 hours working on my manuscript edits.

Results: Success! Or at least partial success. I still have to create a code to plot the results, but I figured out how to load and save the ‘.pkl’ results as a ‘.mat’ file. Chase provided me with a fantastic walk through of how to deal with the results. I haven’t gone through the entire example he provided; it loads and plots the results in Python. Once I figured out how to load the data, I was able to Google how to convert it a ‘.mat’ file.

I was mistaken when I read that the paper was due in early December. I think that was when they wanted me to decide on if I wanted to resubmit it. It is due January 3rd now, but I still want to try and deal with it sooner rather than later. I started the edits. My “2-hour” window was a good motivator, but I did get distracted there a few times. Overall, I still think it was a successful approach. I’ve begun by addressing individual comments based on those that seem easiest to address. These are minor changes, and even those that are more significant have room for some pushback.

One said change is a request for a traditional crater size-frequency distribution. I don’t hate the idea of this, but I dread the amount of work it will take because I need to learn how these are formed. I’ve attached an example here. I assume the cumulative frequency is the crater count and the area then is either the area of a crater of that size, the total area covered given the number of craters that size, or the area of the region (planet) being studied.

Other then the work I had planned, I met with the Space Grad Council.

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11/12/19 – Producing plots

Goals: With the data uploaded to MATLAB, the next step with dealing with the 2D heat transfer model results will be using the data in MATLAB. My goal is to finish reviewing the example Chase has provided me with; I expect it to be a fairly quick process since I’ll be doing in MATLAB. This should be done at the latest by the end of Wednesday. On Tuesday and Thursday, I will spend at least 2 hours working on the proposal (each day). I will spend at least 2 hours (total) editing the manuscript over the next two days. I’ve also got lab and will spend a bit of time preparing for that.

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11/13/19 Plots made and limited writing

Results: I figured out how to export the results into a MATLAB compatible ‘.mat’ file, and I easily made a few graphs from it. That leads me to the final step of finalizing the chemistry parameters for Titan now that I have the size and Temperatures working and the results plotted (I’ll work on sharing an example here). Unfortunately, writing was not so successful. I spent a maybe half an hour working on my proposal, not enough, and I didn’t get around to working on the edits. Granted, I had lab Tuesday afternoon and again Wednesday afternoon, but I could have done better.

With lab, I have to change focus to grading for a few days. That’s the goal until its finished. I feel confident I can finish these by Tuesday.

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11/18/19 Grading progress

Goals: My goal is to be done with these by Tuesday. I need to load the Wednesday labs (or some of them) and grade my part of the three Thursday sections. I also realized I still need to catch up on some of the TEPs seminar’s I’ve missed. My goal is to watch them (there are only a few I think) while I grade because it the labs are easy enough to grade without requiring too much thought.

Result: Grading has gone well! I have loaded all the Wednesday sections (that I have), and I’ve graded 2 out of the three Thursday sections. The 3rd one is the smallest of the three, so I feel confident that I will get through it tomorrow (probably with time to spare).

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