I've had a number of useful replies to my original
request, which I have passed on to Robert Massey for
consideration in the Royal Astronomical Society's
response. The following came from Dan Hatton and
includes two new areas that I hadn't thought of.
I'd welcome comments on his ideas, and suggestions
of further big-capital-expenditure areas.
Dan's weather-satellite idea looks as if it could be
tied to volcano and volcanic-ash monitoring, which
I believe is being considered by Supersites and
Futurevolc - ?
RAS Council/list co-owner
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Fwd: Lords inquiry into Scientific Infrastructure
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:39:31 +0100 (BST)
From: Dan Hatton <[log in to unmask]>
To: Sheila Peacock <[log in to unmask]>
On Tue, 18 Jun 2013, Sheila Peacock wrote:
> I should be grateful for any geophysics suggestions
> for big science that could be passed on to the House
> of Lords consultation.
Two thoughts occur to me:
- Field trials of carbon capture and storage. We could learn a lot of
fundamental geophysics from these, to do with forced and
buoyancy-driven flows in aquifers and aquitards, with and without
surface tension effects and chemical reactions. Progress, however,
has been stalled ever since the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review.
- The US Government Accountability Office has recently expressed
concern about a reduction in weather forecast accuracy due to
forthcoming retirements of American satellites, and delays and
budget cuts to their replacements. Maybe we in the UK, either
unilaterally or in conjunction with our European partners, could
launch more satellites of our own to reduce reliance on the US?
Dr. Daniel C. Hatton
Lecturer in Mechanical and Marine Engineering
School of Marine Science and Engineering,