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Research Experience Placements: Filip Dorm

Filip worked with Dr Isla Myers_Smith and Team Shrub on a project entitled Capturing the hotspots of Arctic greening and browning trends

What are you studying?

Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

Tell us a bit about the project you have been working on this summer?

I have been using satellite data to study the greening/browning trends in the Arctic region, more specifically the trends on Qikiqtaruk – Herschel Island in northern Canada. With this data, I produced a trend map of the island and used an elevation map to further study these trends.

What new skills have you learned while doing this internship?

The skills I have learned range from using different tools, such as Google Earth Engine and R, to how to work efficiently in a team.

How have you found working with your research team here at the University of Edinburgh?

It has been really rewarding working with Team Shrub this summer. At times it has been challenging working with a project in a different field of study than Computer Science, but the members of Team Shrub have always been supportive and keen to help.

What has been the highlight of the internship for you?

The highlight of this internship has been getting to know the members of my research team and all of the other interns. It has at times been challenging to work solely through online platforms, but everyone involved has made it work with weekly virtual coffee sessions and other events.

You can view Filip’s presentation about his placement here

How has doing this internship changed your plans or thoughts about your future career?

Before starting this internship, I did not see myself pursuing a research career, mostly because I did not know what it entailed. Now I have a better understanding of what it means and will definitely consider applying for a PhD once my undergraduate studies end.