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Postgraduate course

Data Analysis in Meteorology and Oceanography

Level of Study

Bachelor and master



Teaching semester

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


Objectives and Content

Aim and Content
The course provides a basic introduction to statistical methods commonly applied in analysis of observed 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

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


The student:

  • knows hypothesis testing
  • can make inference based on a sample of data and quantify the uncertainty associated


The student:

  • can prepare and systemize observational and model data for statistical analysis
  • can present the results of the analysis
  • can compute correlations and regressions between time series
  • can determine the frequency spectrum of a time series
  • can deduce the spatial structure of data

General competence

The student:

  • is able to compute and assess basic statistical properties
  • is able to 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.

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.

Due to the measures taken to avoid the spread of Covid-19, UiB is closed for on-campus assessment. As a consequence, the following changes is made to assessment autumn semester 2020:

  • Written home examination instead of written examination

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.


Geophysical Institute


Contact Information


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. Autumn 2020 written exams will be arranged either at home or on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    07.12.2020, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam