Month: May 2017

Google Scholar oddness

That was entertaining.

Like many people, I have some ongoing Google Scholar Alerts set up. These bring up most of the new relevant work in my area, as well as a fair number of false positives.

The spurious results usually come from astrophysics, which is fair enough as they use similar types of model and legitimately talk about tides a lot. Sometimes I also get medical stuff, when researchers use the word “tidal” relating to breathing.

But this is new. Today’s alert suggests that I read,

“Beyond the thong : Contexts, prepresentations, and the performances of erotic masculinities in male strip show(s)”

It appears to be somebody’s thesis in anthropology or some related field. It refers to a stripper called “Mike”, who shares a name with some of my software….

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First journal article!

Well, sort of. My last post also listed two journal articles but I was a minor author on those, contributing a small part of the text and comments on the rest. This post is about my first article as lead author.

It’s called “Implementation of tidal turbines in MIKE 3 and Delft3D models of Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters”, and it describes work that myself and two groups at Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities did a few years ago, near the start of my PhD. Lots of people have represented tidal turbines in regional-scale flow models, but most of them have used academic codes that industry and investors won’t trust, or have modified trusted code – which itself tends to undermine that trust. Our aim for this work was to look at how tidal energy extraction can best be represented in two widely-used commerical modelling suites, without modifying their code. We also did some actual modelling, by way of example, and the results of that have been passed on to others in the project to use for ecological work.

In a small way this was perhaps a baptism by fire, in that I had to pull together work and writing done by people far senior to myself, add my own work on top of each, and try to construct a single coherent publication. Perhaps partly for this reason, coupled with my own inexperience, it had a long journey through review… but it’s out there now, and I’m glad it’s done!

If you have a subscription to Ocean & Coastal Management you can read the published version here; otherwise the “accepted version” (without journal formatting) is available at this finely crafted link.

Posted by simon in Publications, Reflective