Category Physical geography

Reflections on writing an undergraduate thesis by Daire Quinn

This is the second in a series of three blog posts written by students who have recently completed First Class undergraduate theses. My thesis set out to establish a benchmark for seasonal streamflow forecasting in Irish catchments. A benchmark method of flow forecasting is a technique which is used to compare the relative potential of […]

Reflections on writing an undergraduate thesis by Rhonda McGovern

Each year around 20 or so of our third year students (those who take the Single Honours or Major-Minor option) write approx. 12,000 word undergraduate theses. This year three of them completed First Class theses and so we asked them to jot down some reflections on the thesis-writing process. In the first of these guest […]

Are you a ‘climate terrorist’?

Click on the image gallery and scroll through… Send me corrections (hey, I’m not a statistician!), but hopefully I’m not too far off. Alistair Fraser

The Irish Seafloor: Out of sight, out of mind?

The following is a guest post by Kieran Craven, a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Geography who also now works at the Geological Survey of Ireland. It is said that we know more about the surface of the Moon, than we do about our own planet’s ocean floors.Globally, the ocean floor has been mapped […]

Thoughts from Lima (#5): Prof. John Sweeney Reports on the COP20 UN Climate Conference

The pattern of these UN Climate Conferences is similar almost every year.  Initial optimism gives way to deadlock. The clock is stopped and the conference is extended into Saturday when an agreement of sorts is produced under time pressure from departing delegates. So it was this week. When deadlock was evident on Thursday night the […]

Thoughts from Lima (#4): Prof. John Sweeney reports on the COP20 UN Climate Conference

It is sometimes hard to get your head around the dramatic change in policy regarding climate change which President Obama initiated on the commencement of his second term in office. His Secretary of State John Kerry has made this a personal priority and his speech to the COP on Wednesday was radically different from the […]

Thoughts from Lima (#3): Prof. John Sweeney reports on the COP20 UN Climate Conference

Gasp! Even more news from John Sweeney in Lima. In the aftermath of Copenhagen, there were those that thought the COPs meetings would gradually dwindle to insignificance as austerity and powerful vested interests conspired to de priotitise concerns about climate change in many developed countries. Increased awareness of the appalling human costs of extreme events […]