Melody Sandells

By Jonathan Cooper, University College London, Ilektra Christidi, University College London, Thomas Etherington,

By Melody Sandells, Director at CORES Science and Engineering Limited and Institute Fellow

By Melody Sandells, Research Fellow, Environmental Systems Science Centre, University of Reading.

This is the second in a series of articles by the Institute's Fellows, each covering an area of interest that relates directly both to their own work and the wider issue of software's role in research.

My research is about the physics of snow, and how to retrieve snow information from satellite data. Things have moved on a lot since I was an undergraduate where the concept of email was new to the masses, the introduction of the web blew our minds and Windows 3.11 on a…

By Dr Melody Sandells, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.

Snow is cold, beautiful and incredibly important. More than a billion people need it for their water supply, and it also impacts lives elsewhere through its effect on weather patterns, transport. Its key recognisable feature – that it’s white - governs how much of the sun’s energy is absorbed by our planet.

So a pertinent question is how much has the snow cover changed with the changing climate, or if it has changed at all? We don’t yet know how much snow we have, let alone…

Research Fellow, Environmental Systems Science Centre, University of Reading 

By Melody Sandells, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow, and Research Fellow, Environmental Systems Science Centre, University of Reading

The first time I heard the term bus factor was at the Institute's 2013 Collaborations Workshop. In summary, it refers to the number of people who would have to be run over by a bus in order for that software to no longer be adequately maintained any more - a neat concept, or so I thought. I then realised my software has a bus factor of one, which is to say, just…

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