|Aerial view of Lake Ohrid|
|Drilling platform on Lake Prespa|
The following two days were comprised of lectures and discussions with the scientists who worked on the Lake Ohrid project about the practicalities of taking many hundreds of metres of sediment cores in a lake that has waters nearly 300 metres deep. There were some interesting talks on the analyses being undertaken on the sediments from Ohrid. We also learnt a lot about the process of developing deep drilling projects and writing the funding applications. Such large, multi-million pound projects require an experienced, international team and lots of logistical and scientific planning if they are to be successfully funded and then carried out.
The training course was really useful – it improved my understanding of the process of drilling lake sediments and gave me a better appreciation of how to manage the analysis of the sediments after the fieldwork has ended. I would thoroughly recommend people applying for next year’s course!