Create Publishable Graphics with MATLAB

The graphics of MATLAB have been greatly improved since the very rustic plots of the early 1990s. In contrast to previous editions, in which all the graphics were edited by designer Elisabeth Sillmann (blaetterwaldDesign) with Adobe Illustrator, the majority of the graphics of the 4th edition of MRES were not processed after being exporting from MATLAB. Here is the script for creating a variant of Figure 4.9 from MRES.

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Counting Flamingos with MATLAB

Here is a nice application of the script from MRES to count sand grains in microscope images. In September 2013 a biologist from the National Museums of Kenya joint us on an expedition to the Suguta Valley in the Northern Kenya Rift. At that time hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos left the Central Kenia Rift, especially from the Nakuru basin, and went to the Suguta Valley. The biologist started to count the flamingos, while I immediately thought about doing this automatically with a little MATLAB script.

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So it all started. I was an invited speaker at the MATLAB Expo 2016 in Munich with a lecture on “Dust storms, blackouts and 50°C in the shade: with MATLAB  in the cradle of humankind“. One of Keynote Lectures was held by Dr. Rainer Stetter of ITQ, “Industry 4.0 – Risks and Opportunities“, who talked, among other things, about the European Hi5 Hackethon 2016  with MATLAB and LEGO MINDSTORMS. I wondered how I could use the connection of MATLAB and LEGO MINDSTORMS, using the hardware support of The MathWorks in my shortcourses on geoscientific data analysis and future editions of the textbooks.

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