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By Scott Brown and Vanesa Magar, School of Marine Science and Engineering, Plymouth University.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we will be asking researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

Breaking ocean waves are a common sight at the coast. Whether it is a plunging wave with its barrelling motion, or the whitecapping that…

By Vanesa Magar, Fellows Alumni and Lecturer in Coastal Engineering, University of Plymouth.

It is not uncommon for a researcher to need to modify a piece of software. This can be fairly straightforward, especially when the problem that needs to be solved is similar to the problem that the software was designed for. This is often not the case, and a lot of work (read additions) is needed to modify the software. In this post, I'm going to discuss two examples of code modifications that have recently been performed in my group, and the lessons I learned during this work…

By Vanesa Magar, Agent and Lecturer in Coastal Engineering, University of Plymouth.

Last spring one of our PhD students accepted a job in Australia, and left for warmer pastures in the middle of the summer. He was our local expert on Delft3D, an open-source software package developed by Deltares. What did we do to survive this loss of expertise?

Panic!

Well, it is kind of unavoidable. Especially as you realise that you are going to need to cover all of the activities your developer was in charge of, and work out how to transfer their knowledge to others.

By Vanesa Magar, Agent and lecturer in Coastal Engineering, University of Plymouth.

Hectic and fascinating are the words that best describe the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. It's a week-long conference attended by more than 3000 participants, including biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematical modellers, oceanographers, engineers and educators. There was a large number of poster presentations, which I found to be a great opportunity to interact with people and hear what they had to say about my research. In this blog, I'll take a look at the software-…

Vanesa Magar, one of our Agents, describes the Met Office's weather simulation software.

In the global web-enabled communications era, most of us don't think twice before consulting the weather forecast to plan our daily or future activities. We take this service for granted and never ask questions. Who produces the forecasts and how are they done? How accurate are they? The Met Office is the United Kingdom's national weather service. It was established in 1854 under Robert FitzRoy, a pioneering meteorologist, as a service for mariners. In 1859 its first gale warning service was…

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