SO503 Honors Modern Methods

Spring 2005 Test 1




4 @ 5 points



Short answer

4 @ 10 points



Longer answer

2@ 20 points








Definitions: answer with no more than one or two sentence.

 Short Answer: The questions should be answered with a short paragraph.

 Note that on both the definitions and short answer you have a choice of which questions to answer.


Definitions: Define 4 of the following 5 terms with one or two complete sentences.

        Soft money:



        Contrast enhancement:



Short Answer. Answer 4 of the 6 short answer questions on this and the following pages.


1.  Why did you join the AGU?  Why do they provide a special rate for students, and how does that fit into their overall mission?

 2.  What is the difference between ONR and NRL, and which more closely resembles NSF?  Why?

3.  The diagram below depicts Wiens displacement law.  How does it affect spatial and spectral resolution in remote sensing, and how are those two aspects of resolution related?

 4.  Some people think a filter solves any problem.  Use the following two filters on the series below:     




































What is the purpose of a filter, and how do these two filters differ?

5.  The diagram below shows spectral reflectance curves for three materials.  How can such a relationship be applied in remote sensing?

 6.      We have discussed spatial resolution for both DEMs and remote sensing.  Would you prefer 1 m or 10 m or 100 m data?


  Longer answer.  You must answer both of these questions, for 20 points each.

 1.      You have been looking in EOS and see two jobs for which you might apply.  Translate what the two institutions are looking for into plain English, and state which job would be preferable (and why).   Insure that you discuss research funding and publishing.

 Earth Science Lecturer 9-month Beginning Fall 2005. Applications are invited for a 9-month, non-tenured, Earth Science Lecturer position. The successful applicant could move into a permanent lecturer position beginning in the Fall 2006. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching introductory sections of physical geology and/or physical geography, and possibly an upper division course in the area of expertise of the successful candidate.

Applicants should have at least a Masters in Geology, Physical Geography or Earth Sciences; Ph.D. is preferred. Teaching experience with introductory courses desired. Starting date is August 15, 2005.  This is a full-time position which carries benefits. Salary is competitive.  Additional information about the department is available at http://www.xxxxx. Questions regarding the position may be addressed to The xxxxxx is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

 Assistant Professor in Physical Oceanography. The Department of xxx invites applications for assistant professor (tenure track) in physical oceanography beginning in Fall 2005. We encourage applicants with interests in physical processes of estuaries and the coastal ocean. In particular, we seek applicants with experience in observational physical oceanography and coastal observing systems. It is beneficial to have experience working in a multi-disciplinary environment. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program, publish in peer-reviewed journals, direct graduate students and teach classes at the graduate and undergraduate level. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in oceanography or related science. Postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals are preferred.  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and names of three references to xxxxx. Review of applicants will begin March 31, 2005 and continue until the position is filled. xxxx is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and requires compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control act of 1986.


2.  What does this figure show about the December 2004 megathrust in Indonesia?  Why was this earthquake so important for scientists studying the earth?