This month we are bidding farewell to two of the GlobalMass project team: Zhe Sha and Maike Schumacher

Zhe led our statistical framework work package, and has had the crucial role of extending the Bayesian Hierarchical Model (BHM) approach from its initial application over Antarctica (in the RATES project) up to a global scale with a larger and more complex set of latent geophysical processes and observational datasets. Some of this work has recently been accepted for publication in Environmetrics, with an early preprint available on arXiv. Zhe is leaving us to start a new job as an Analytics Consultant at McKinsey & Company in London.

Maike led our solid-Earth work package and developed the ‘clean’ global GPS dataset that we will be using within the BHM as ‘observed’ values for vertical land motion produced by glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA). This work has been already been published in Geophysical Journal International. Maike has been appointed an assistant professor (Juniorprofessorin) at the Institute for Physics and Meteorology, University of Hohenheim, Germany, where she will lead the ‘Data Assimilation in the Earth System’ research group, though she will remain linked to GlobalMass as a project partner.

We thank both Zhe and Maike for all their hard work, and wish them the best of luck in their new roles.

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