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Daily Blog for Courtney

Final Goodbyes

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Courtney

Even though I live in the area, I wanted to spend the rest of the time with the people who were flying out Sunday. I was able to take Ali to the air port in the morning and see the other girls before I left for my softball games in the morning. I’m really going to miss everyone who is from out of state!!

I’m excited to go back to work this week, but I will never forget the experiences I have had in this program and all of the very special people I have met on this journey!!!


Final Presentations

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Courtney

The day of our final presentations, it was really exciting to get to see everyone’s work. I was very happy to see the teachers and graduate students, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Dr. Hay. It was a really exciting day!! The food at the end was great!! I was very sad to part ways with this bunch. I met some intelligent and all around kind and fabulous people on this trip!

I’d really like to thank all the graduate students one last time. They really did a lot to help out and I really enjoyed reading all of Paul’s encouraging emailsJ. I hope to keep in contact with everyone I met because in one short month, I learned a lot and I feel that I have formed some great bonds!!

Poster Pressure

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Courtney

I was still working with the data in the morning and the pressure was now on to get the poster done. This day was spent mainly working with data and organizing it in order to display it on the poster. There was definitely heightened anxiety in the lab, which made me nervous. At the end of the day, it felt good to be done especially since after some of us went back to my house for a nice home cooked meal.

July 5th

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Courtney

I spent the first part of the day in the Geology lab. At this point, I have combined tables to link the GPS coordinates with the temperature and conductivity data. I have also removed data that we think may be inaccurate because if it is below a certain level we see there is a chance that the Loggers were just coming out of the water. After that, I mapped the temperature and conductivity data along the coast. I have also created scatter plots to show the relationship between the level and the temperature, and also the level and the conductivity data. I have also created scatter plots to show the relationship between temperature and conductivity. After organizing data from the outriggers, the boat ride, and the various bays where we collected data, I have decided to focus on data from the boat ride for my presentation. The reason for this is that the boat traveled a relatively long distance and we were able to keep an eye on the Loggers to check that they were in the proper positioning on the boat.

I went to lunch and returned to the geography lab where I began working on creating histograms using the conductivity data. Paul helped me to create the histograms. T returned to the Geology lab for Dr. Becker’s assistance interpreting the data. We decided to normalize the data with the following equation: (maximum conductivity-actual conductivity)/ (maximum conductivity-minimum conductivity). We then created another histogram. We experimented with different boundaries for our bins to see if we could create a normal distribution. We took the log of the normalized conductivity and created another histogram. After creating the histogram, we went back to the data in our maps.

I created another field in the attribute table to show the change in conductivity. Because we decided that we were looking at log normal data, we used a geometric classification to display conductivity change. We looked through a lot of data trying to find where we might find good areas to search for groundwater. I wish there was more time to continue looking into the data.

The work that I did would not have been possible without the help of Dr. Becker and Wes. I learned a lot of different ways to look at and analyze data and I’m very grateful to them for all their help!!!

July 4th

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Courtney

Today was our day off so we were able to have some fun. We were able to go out on the Outrigger Canoes and then later we went to a barbeque. It was a very relaxing and fun day!

Another Lab Day

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Courtney

Today I continued with my work in the lab. We have Logger and GPS data from outrigger canoes, a fishing boat, and various different bays where we snorkeled and paddled on long boards. Its a lot to work with, and we’re hoping to find some interesting results.

Temperature and Conductivity Data

Posted on July 3, 2012 by Courtney

This morning we woke up and went straight to the geography lab at Long Beach. I was working on organizing the data, and later on in the day we were able to meet up with Dr. Becker. We went over the presentation we did in Kauai since he was unable to attend. We also discussed where we were going with our projects. I have been looking at the temperature and conductivity data. I am investigating to see if we can detect enough variability in the data to see if there is a relationship between the distance from the shoreline and the temperature and conductivity.

Travel Day

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Courtney

Today we got up and finished up our packing. It was really sad to leave the new people we had met in Kauai. It is now time to get back to Long Beach and process all of the data we have collected. I’m ready to get working and hoping to see some interesting results.


Posted on July 2, 2012 by Courtney

Today we got up bright and early to enjoy the sunrise. It was a beautiful day and it was great because it was also a day for a break. We spent the day packing and getting ready for our travel day. Later in the afternoon, we had a barbeque on the beach. We were able to go snorkeling and take in some more sun. It was the best way to end our stay in Kauai!!

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Courtney

Today we went out to collect water samples and collected data with the Loggers and the GPS. We went snorkeling in Prince Kuhio Bay to collect our data. The day was a little stressful because we ended the day in the ER to take care of Ali, but we were relieved and happy to see that she is gonna be alright.

About Courtney

I am Courtney Fiamengo. I am a senior at California State University Dominguez Hills majoring in Earth and Environment.