SO503 Spring 2014 Syllabus

We will use EOS as the source for many of the readings for the course, and this syllabus will be updated as the semester progresses.  Some of the labs may be modified to relate to concepts in EOS.

Week Mon Tues Lab Wed Coverage Key concepts
1 1/6 class Tuesday Course Intro 1/8
Lab 1 starts

  • ASCII files
  • Types on the computer
  • Filtering and smoothing
  • Trig on the computer
  • If-then-else
2 1/13   1/15
MatLab version of Lab 1
Lab 1 due 1330 Wed

 
3 1/20 Holiday 1/21

1510 Swick research
1/22    
4 1/27 

Lab 2 due 1330Monday

Scientific societies

Henderson research
11/28

GIS version of Lab 1

1510: Ray Lee
1/29  
  • 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.
5 2/3 Anatomy of a Scientific Paper MatLab Wind 2/5 Lab 3 due 1330 Tuesday
  • 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 and snakehead distribution.
  • Paper analysis checklists

Matlab: Using functions

6 Academic Reserve 2/10 2/11
Matlab and Lidar Point Clouds
2/12 Exam Lab 4 due 1330 Tuesday  
7 2/17 Holiday Matlab Cross Correlation 2/19  
  • Understand the definition of a time series.
  • Know the use of filtering, detrending, and anomaly computation
  • Understand the use of cross correlation.
  • Interpret a correlogram, in terms of time series periodicity and what the lags mean.

Matlab: Cross correlation, making a table (fprintf), finding the max/min

8 2/24 Matlab Cross Correlation 2/26
Matlab satellite analysis
   
9 3/3   3/5    
Spring Break 3/10   3/12    
10 3/17 CTD data plots 3/19  Paper topic sentence due  
  • Reading ("parsing") a text file
  • Contouring
  • Nested loops
11 3/24 CTD data plots 3/26    
12 Academic Reserve 3/31 Ice Goat meets Moby Dick 4/2.    
13 4/7
Exam2
  4/9
Paper reference list due, correctly formatted
   
14 4/14 Indian Ocean Salinity 4/16    
15 4/21 Earth Day Challenge 4/23    
16 4/28  Paper due Last day of classes     Med water outflow

 

BWI, NAO, SOI in Matlab