Ever since Dr Juli Morgan is back from her sabbatical (in New Zealand!), she has been helping our research group a lot.
There are four individual research groups working on the same dataset. We all generate science, and that's great! ...except most of the time we don't know what the other groups are up to. We tried working on this problem with e-mail updates, Skype sessions, but not with much success.
Juli organized this Birmingham trip to bring the groups together so we can all discuss what's happening. We had some structural interpretation from Birmingham University, some processing of OBS data and tomography studies from University of Southampton, some surface/shallow sediment analysis from Lamont-Doherty and a bit of everything from Rice University.
Most of our stuff is completely unrelated to one another. It is rather interesting to see how everyone approaches the same dataset with so disparate methods, ideas, purposes. Then there are also some stuff where there is almost complete overlap...which is kind of eerie.
This happened with my research. We resolved it! Turns out one of my attribute analyses are almost identical to Gael Lymer's (Birmingham University) study. Our interpretations on this very similar map are, amusingly (and luckily!) rather different. I'm just really glad Juli organized this meeting. It was useful.
After the 3-day meeting, I took the train to Edinburgh, then Aberdeen to see some friends I used to work with. It was a bittersweet feeling, being back in Aberdeen. I disliked the Granite City about 70% of the time I lived there. I felt none of that for the two days I was there. That could be that Aberdeen wasn't gray and gloomy, or that I knew I wasn't about to get a call any minute to get sent to a rig.