Beemer (dr_tectonic) wrote,

Boring Work Stuff (Proposal-writing)

Last week at work was mostly about proposal-writing, which was v. blargh. Spent a lot of time trying to get some folks at Goddard on board as collaborators, ultimately without success. Thinking back over the discussion (entirely over email), I kinda think maybe the main guy is required to act interested but wasn't actually. Or maybe it was just a case of they wanted to be wooed harder and earlier. Which, sorry, I still don't have my time machine working. But the nice thing is that on Thursday I successfully pivoted and recruited a different colleague as a collaborator who has a more suitable dataset for us to use anyway, so I think it all worked out.

The time spent working on the Texas thing was much more satisfying. I found a half-dozen weather stations around the target with long records and the analysis came together very smoothly. I figured out how to pull data from the Berkeley Earth project that I was able to use to compensate for station bias, and indeed, there's now a consistent upward trend on everything, just like I expected. Ha HA! I still haven't figured out how to get humidity data to calculate the heat index, and I sorted out an error this morning where I had used (incorrect) heat index instead of maximum temperature in one set of plots (whoops!) but I'll probably be able to come up with something once I'm done proposaling.

I'm really hoping that will be tomorrow. We're on the nearly-final draft. Ben is going to do the references tonight, and I'll have to incorporate any last-minute edits from people who offered a read-through, but then I can do a final proofing and I should be able to hand it over to our admin person. That plus my biosketch and I can walk away from it. I hope.

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