Useful links if you're unlucky enough to be writing a thesis
Fun fun fun..
CO2Calc. If you ever find yourself in a meeting (or indeed, at the pub) and in need of some rapid carbonate system calculations, try
CO2calc. It's a free app for Mac OSX and iOS (so you can use it
on your iPhone). Batch processing can be a little glitchy, and some carbonate system parameterisations are not available
(for example, the boron-chlorinity relationship of
Lee et al. (2010) is not available, as of
April 2016), so for serious number crunching other packages might be preferable. For quick on-the-move carbonate
system calculations, though, this app is brilliant.
CO2sys.M. The most up-to-date version of CO2sys
for MATLAB. Carbonate system calculator extraordinaire. Check
current best practices for guidelines about selections of constants. However,
bear in mind this guide was written before the most up-to-date boron-chlorinity relationship was available, so would suggest
using the parameterisation of Lee et al. (2010) rather than the default Uppström (1974).
Incorporating Mg/Casw changes into seacarb with reference to MyAMI...
Let's all do the trick
Writing and Typesetting
Referencing and TeX Links
LaTeX Thesis Template. Word can be a nightmare for writing a thesis.. Writing in LaTeX is a lot easier,
and eliminates a lot of faff with regards linking Figure, Equation and Table Numbers, updating references, etc. However,
if you've not used LaTeX before, writing something as big as a thesis can be a daunting task. On the suggestion of a good friend,
I used the excellent thesis template written by Sunil Patel. It's a great template to start from, and makes thesis writing a lot
less painful. I can't recommend it enough.
You can download it from here.
Zotero. There are lots of tools out there for reference management, but Zotero
has always been good to me. It's a free open-source reference manager, with a
great community of people behind it, and citation/bibliography styles uploaded for a huge range of journals. It can be used as
either a standalone program,
just like EndNote, or alternatively you can use it as a built in component of Firefox. A handy button appears in the address bar when you
navigate to a paper, and you just click it to import into your Zotero library. In combination with the
Zot2Bib Firefox add-on, you can automatically export to both
your Zotero library (for use in Microsoft Word) and your
BibTex library (for use in LaTeX).