I feel like my thesis is finally coming to together as a cohesive document! I cut out the social network methodology because I felt like it wasn’t adding anything to my argument. I cut out a substantial chunk of my top of the hourglass and clarified and streamlined my arguments. I also added reflection/production process sections in my methodology to carry those arguments through my technical work. It is hard not having a model of this type of document to work off of, so I think I need to seek some feedback regarding these sections. I already talked to Jessica about them. There were some sections of reflection that she thought were stated too strongly but otherwise thought they could be quite successful in tying the two parts of my thesis together.
The work is never done though… I still need to rewrite my introduction. As it is, the writing is somewhat vague and possibly too focused for the introduction. I was thinking about how to fix this and I was thinking about starting with the production process in general and then expand that to meteorology and then the cloud research.
The other big task is to flesh out my bottom of the hourglass. This section has definitely been pretty low on the list of priorities though I have done a fair amount of thinking about what I want it to be. Jessica and Liz suggested placing clouds in a climate, climate debate, and risk framework. This is definitely where I thought I was going to go when I first wrote my outline, but it felt like too far of a leap. Currently, I have some material on data communication since that seems like the next logical progression after knowledge is produced. Basically, I think I just need to do a little but more research, which is a little frustrating being this late in the game.
Then there are all the little things that I need to clean up. I still need to produce the final images for my results section as well as add the rest of the figures throughout. I REALLY need to clean up my citation so that are following Chicago Author-Date exactly.