SO503 Spring 2005

Lecture Syllabus

Fri

01/07/05

Course introduction    

Mon

01/10/05

Scientific societies

Visit these web sites, and come to class ready to discuss the functions of a scientific society:

  • AGU
  • GSA
  • AMS
  • Discuss the role of scientific professional societies in holding meetings, publishing papers, and publishing newsletters.
  • Describe the funding of scientific research with grants, and the difference between "hard" and "soft" money.
  • Understand the role of "big science" versus individual research projects.
  • Know the major funding agencies for earth sciences: NSF and ONR, and the difference between NRL and ONR.
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    Wed

    01/12/05

    Scientific writing and presentations
  • Discuss the importance of priority in scientific research, and the role of refereed and peer reviewed journals.
  • Understand the importance of abstracts, and the need for clear, concise, and informative abstracts.
  • Describe the importance of oral and poster presentations for scientific research. 
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    Mon

    01/17/05

    MLK Birthday    

    Wed

    01/19/05

    Anatomy of a Scientific Paper
    • Discuss the parts of a scientific paper
    • Discuss the citation style used in science, and the preponderance of journal articles in the references cited
    • Discuss the weaving of geology, biology, climatology, and GIS in this paper's tracing of past climates.
     

    Mon

    01/24/05

    Tsunami papers from EOS
    • Discuss the kinds of papers published in EOS, and how these examples compare to a regular journal
    • Discuss the observations of the tsunami, and the effort to apply the wave equation to the results
    • Discuss the challenges in setting up a tsunami observation system
     

    Wed

    01/26/05

    EOS from 18 Jan 2005
    • Discuss how to read want ads for science jobs
    • Discuss the studies to monitor Mt St Helens
     

    Mon

    01/31/05

    Comp time for noon excusal    
    Tues 02/01/05 Noon excusal list and meeting in RI332 on research topics    

    Wed

    02/02/05

    EOS from 25 Jan 2005--operational oceanography

     

    • Discuss how improved wave forecasting will help operational oceanography and how coupled ocean-atmosphere models might help.
    • Describe the role of remote sensing in wave forecasting.
     

    Mon

    02/07/05

    Remote sensing
  • Understand the relationships among wavelength, bandwidth, radiometric resolution, spatial resolution, and signal to noise ratio, and how these vary with position in the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Discuss the tradeoffs involved with increasing spatial resolution.
  • Discuss the reasons why remote sensing concentrates on certain parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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    Wed

    02/09/05

    Remote sensing    

    Mon

    02/14/05

    EOS--Megathrust earthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami
    • Discuss how this earthquake provided the first test of the new earthquake recording system.
    • Differentiate the Richter and Mercalli scales, and discuss why more than one magnitude scale has been used.
     

    Wed

    02/16/05

    Spectral measurement
    • Discuss the uses of a radiometer in scientific studies.
    • Explain the use of a spectral reflectance curve to determine surface materials.
     

    Mon

    02/21/05

    Presidents Day    

    Wed

    02/23/05

    Exam 1    

    Mon

    02/28/05

    Time series    

    Wed

    03/02/05

    Time series 2    

    Mon

    03/07/05

    Time series 3 Differentiate lossy and lossless compression  

    Wed

    03/09/05

    Web searches    

    Mon

    03/14/05

    Spring Break    

    Wed

    03/16/05

    Spring Break    

    Mon

    03/28/05

    Tsunami danger in the Caribbean    

    Wed

    03/30/05

    Geologic tides and time series 
    • Discuss the use of time series analysis to seek tidal signatures in rocks in 10 million years old.
    • Discuss how the structure of the observed data constrains the findings.
     
     

    Mon

    04/04/05

         

    Wed

    04/06/05

    Douglas & Peltier, Physics Today, March 2002

       

    Mon

    04/11/05

         

    Wed

    04/13/05

    Exam 2 Paper topic sentence and correctly formatted reference list due.  

    Mon

    04/18/05

    Scientific Graphics
    • Understand the challenge for earth scientists to place multiple dimensions of data on a 2D display.
    • Resist the urge to use "chart junk" to make a graph more complex than needed 
    • Discuss the case study on the shuttle Challenger's O-rings, and how a lack of focus on the graphics presented contributed to the decision to launch
     
     

    Wed

    04/27/05

    Course Review Final Paper