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Ground to Sky is now (roughly) one year old.  I’m starting to think about the direction I would like to take this blog and some steps to raise its profile. It started out as a bit of an experiment after attending some sessions on blogging for science communication at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) Assembly in 2013.  One year on, the blog has 13 articles on the ins-and-outs of soil and atmospheric sciences and 3 articles on life as an environmental scientist in a UK university.

The aims of Ground to Sky as summarised in the early post back here are:

  1. Provide a series of non-technical background articles relating to the earth’s surface and the lower atmosphere
  2. Give an insight into what it is like to work as a scientist in the natural sciences
  3. Round up some of the relevant recent scientific news into ‘packages’ relating to topic and share some of the key challenges that face us as we seek to care for our immediate environment.

I think that Ground to Sky has been quite successful in producing number 1 on this list.  There is probably more that I can do on number 2 and I haven’t actually attempted number 3 yet.  I have the distinct feeling that number 3 is done to death elsewhere on the scientific blogging scene, but it may well be what people want to see more of.  I currently try to keep on top of recent news in my area of science on my Twitter (also check out the ACTUAL project twitter for more built environment related news), but I think that more linkages could be achieved between my Twitter activity and here so watch this space.

This year I would like to aim for a more regular output to Ground to Sky and to increase readership. I will try in the first instance to aim for a 3-weekly output and see how well this works out.

Finally, if any of my few current readers have any suggestions for what you might like to see on this blog, please leave a comment.

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Hello again and welcome back to ‘Ground to Sky’, my new blog. Today is the final day of the excellent European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013 and during my time here, I have become inspired to give blogging another chance. My blogging history has thus far been plagued with the difficulties of choosing a subject and an audience and sticking to task. This time, I am going to specify all this right here, from the outset, in order to make sure that I put together a blog that is relevant, useful and, above all, interesting.

So to start off with – who am I? ‘Ground to Sky’ is not intended to be an anonymous blog.  I certainly don’t want to come across to any future readership as a faceless, anonymous spouter of information with no context for why I am spouting and why I’m qualified to go about spouting what I’m spouting. My name is Dr. Alex Boon and I am a postdoctoral scientist currently working in the field of urban greenhouse gas emissions at the University of Reading, UK.  My relevant educational history began with physical geography and moved through agricultural and rural environmental sciences to specialise in the soil sciences at PhD level. My key specialism is the production and release of greenhouse gases from soils, though I am accumulating knowledge of greenhouse gas release from a range of natural and human-influenced environments.

What is ‘Ground to Sky’? ‘Ground to Sky’ is a place to come to learn about the fascinating interface between the Earth’s surface and the lower atmosphere. Although my specialism is greenhouse gases, be reassured that they are not all I am here to talk about. ‘Ground to Sky’ is an opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the section of the planet that is most important to us; the ground we walk on, the soil we farm and the air we breathe. The ground to sky interface is where we live out our days, so we should be interested in how it functions, how we are affecting it and most importantly how to look after it.

What will I post here? I mean to use ‘Ground to Sky’ to achieve three seperate goals:

  1. Provide a series of non-technical background articles relating to the earth’s surface and the lower atmosphere
  2. Give an insight into what it is like to work as a scientist in the natural sciences
  3. Round up some of the relevant recent scientific news into ‘packages’ relating to topic and share some of the key challenges that face us as we seek to care for our immediate environment.

Finally, be aware that I am on Twitter @AlexBoon_GtS where you can find links to news that caught my eye and further interesting pages amongst those I follow. You can also find out about new ‘Ground to Sky’ articles there if you are not a frequenter of WordPress.

Hello, this is Alex, writing in from the European Geosciences Union conference 2013 ahead of a session all about blogging for sciences. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to start this blog for quite some time.

Let’s get this party started!