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Data Analysis in Meteorology and Oceanography

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGEOF210
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits

10

Level of Study

Bachelor and master

Full-time/Part-time

Full-time

Teaching semester

Autumn Enrolment to this course is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

The course provides a basic introduction to statistical methods commonly applied in the analysis of observed and simulated quantities in oceanography and meteorology. This includes descriptive statistics to quantify properties of a data set and inferential statistics to test hypotheses and make inferences about unknown aspects of a population and their uncertainties. The course further contains specific methods for analysis of spatial data and time series such as empirical orthogonal functions, frequency analysis, and filtering. The theory will be applied to geophysical problems. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student:

  • knows how to compute and assess basic statistical properties of a data set
  • knows how to select and apply appropriate statistical models to infer properties about a population, including estimates of uncertainty, based on a sample of data
  • knows the strengths and limitations of different methods of analysis commonly applied to geophysical problems

Skills

The student:

  • can prepare and organize observational and model data for statistical analysis
  • can compute correlations and regressions between time series
  • can test hypotheses and estimate confidence intervals
  • can deduce the spatial structure of data
  • can determine the frequency spectrum of a time series and apply appropriate filters
  • can interpret and make figures and diagrams
  • can perform analysis on large data sets using a state of the art programming language

General competence

The student:

  • is able to apply statistical methods to analyze geophysical data
  • is able to synthesize and present the results of the analysis in a scientific report

Required Previous Knowledge

GEOF105 Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean or equivalent. 

Recommended Previous Knowledge

STAT110, MAT121 or equivalent.

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Teaching and learning methods

3 hours lecture per week. Excercises 2 hours per week

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved 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.

Autumn 2020 and spring 2021 the final written digtial exam will be done from home.

Examination Support Material

Non-programmable calculator, according to the 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.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Department

Geophysical Institute

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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Date
    22.02.2021, 09:00
    Duration
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    08.02.2021
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam