Postgraduate course

Data Analysis in Meteorology and Oceanography

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOF210
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish, Norwegian if only Norwegian students.
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Level of Study

Bachelor and master

Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course provides a basic introduction to statistical methods commonly applied in analysis of observed a simulated quantities in oceanography and meteorology. This includes descriptive statistic, hypothesis testing, and probability distribution. The course will further contain frequency analysis and filtering of time series, and methods for identifying spatial coherences such as linear regressions, correlation analysis, and empirical orthogonal functions. The theory will be applied on geophysical problems.

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of the subject, the student should be able to:

- prepare and systemize observational and model data for statistical analysis, and present the results of the analysis

- compute and discuss basic statistical properties

- perform hypothesis testing

- compute correlations and regressions between time series

- determine the frequency spectrum of a time series

- deduce the spatial structure of data

- synthesize the result of analyzes in a scientific report

Required Previous Knowledge

GEOF105 or equivalent.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Background in meteorology and/or oceanography; basic training in statistics.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

3 hours lecture per week.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Project thesis
(Valid for four semesters: The semester mandatory activities have been approved and the three following semesters.)

Forms of Assessment

The project thesis must be passed in order to take the exam. The final exam is written, lasting for four hours. If less than 10 students are registered, there might be an oral exam.

Examination support materials: Non-programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Geophysical Institute


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Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    23.05.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline