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Course Focus

The course provides an overview of the statistical methods used to interpret data sets in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences. This is a tools class: the objective is to provide a working knowledge of the statistical tools most commonly used in the literature. However, additional time will be spent on how to professionally and objectively present and review scientific results.
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(top) p-values and confidence intervals of normally distributed data (middle) North Atlantic Oscillation pattern and PC time series obtained from EOF anlaysis (bottom) frequency-wavenumber power spectra of brightness temperature (Fig. 1a of Kiladis et al. (2009); Rev. Geophys.)


M W F 9:00-9:50 AM ATS 101

General Topics Covered

  • Basic statistics
  • Monte Carlo techniques
  • Regression methods
  • Matrix methods: EOF, SVD, MCA and CCA
  • Power spectra of time series
  • Filtering of time series