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5 May 2022
A nice snapshot of the cold-water corals in the Moira Mounds area, taken with the Holland I ROV

Gerard provides a tantalising insight into his second chapter and his upcoming schedule

Hi everyone! It's Gerard Summers here and I have some exciting developments. On my last blogpost I summarised the methods behind the second chapter of my thesis. Since then, I have completed the first draft of this chapter and plan to submit it to the MDPI journal Remote Sensing. I have always enjoyed the writing process and the exploration and interpretation of the data. You never truly know where the results will take you. Especially with mysterious critters like cold-water corals mixed in the research!

In the Moira Mounds area, we have found a bimodal distribution of current speeds evident within the region, where we have 2 separate clusters of current speeds. An example of a randomly generated bimodal distribution with two randomised clusters can be found below.

Summary statistics such as average, or median are not very useful in these scenarios as they do not provide an accurate picture of the data, as you can see represented by the dashed line above. However, when we derived the mean for the current speed estimated we found that this measurement is consistent with current speed ranges found within other research completed in this area. I am delighted to announce that I will be presenting these findings in detail at GeoHab 2022 as a recipient of the Ron McDowell student award and can’t wait to finally meet the people whose papers I have been glued to since the beginning of my PhD!

Marine Geosciences Research Group

University College Cork

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, North Mall Campus, University College Cork, North Mall, Cork City, T23 TK30