Spherical Slepian function modelling of the magnetic field to probe the outer core

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Sch of Geosciences


This project will develop techniques to better model and understand the regional magnetic field and core surface flows and internal dynamics using spherical Slepian functions


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
NE/R009228/1 01/09/2017 31/08/2023
1960295 Studentship NE/R009228/1 01/10/2017 28/02/2022 Hannah Rogers
Amount $1,000 (CAD)
Organisation International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Germany
Start 07/2019 
End 07/2019
Description BGS CASE Partnership 
Organisation British Geological Survey
Department Geomagnetism Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As a PhD student I have been investigating topics of interest highlighted by the original grant. This has mostly involved investigations into spherical Slepian functions using MATLAB coding.
Collaborator Contribution Ciaran Beggan, from the BGS Geomagnetism team, is a supervisor on my project and has provided guidance during my PhD. As well as this, the geomagnetism team have provided opportunities for me to visit magnetic observatories, assist with the SWIGS project fieldwork, invited me to seminars and been a friendly and helpful source of guidance and information. BGS has also provided some introductory training at their Nottingham headquarters and invited me to attend further workshops.
Impact Rogers, H.F., Beggan, C.D. & Whaler, K.A. (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40623-019-0997-7
Start Year 2017
Description Orbital Micro Systems NPIF Placement 
Organisation Orbital Micro Systems
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution I had a compulsory national productivity investment fund (NPIF) 6 month internship to complete as part of the PhD studentship funding. Within this time, I did a number of tasks to assist Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) with their activities. These included: • looking at the data output from passive microwave radiometers in an attempt to design a product for the insurance industry focused around assessing crop damage from hail • the submission of two proposals to the European Space Agency (ESA) • developing a python software pipeline from the SEDAS API source to download 1C satellite data from ESA sources • watching live as the first OMS cubesat was launched from the International Space Station • write presentations for the Government of Kerala when OMS aimed to set up a Centre of Excellence in India • Completed website updates and improved general design • Worked on social media outreach • Attended Scottish Space sector events and meetings as a representative of OMS, improving my knowledge of the industry and providing input across multiple projects • Assisted the development of the University of Edinburgh Space Policy to be adopted in 2020 • Promoted the involvement of further geophysicists to engage with the Space sector by speaking about my experiences at the SEG virtual student conference • Attended the UK Space Conference 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. I attended talks from industry and academics, was responsible for talking to data suppliers in a sales role, represented the company and formed contacts with other members of the space sector • Helped organise an event for the US Consulate of Scotland for the launch of the ICED platform
Collaborator Contribution I had guidance to complete given tasks, freedom to work on tasks, facilities to complete given tasks, paid for conference travel and entry, introduced me to various members of the Scottish Space Community.
Impact Two grant applications to the European Space Agency Updated Website and social media Promotion of Orbital Micro Systems at National events Python software pipeline from the SEDAS API source
Start Year 2019