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Course 12.805

Laboratory in Physical Oceanography
Fall, 2013

Instructor: K.H. Brink
508 289 2535

Meeting times:
            Tuesdays 4.00-5.30         in Clark 331                   (at MIT:  54-823 for video link)

            Thursdays 2.30-4.00        in Clark 331                   (at MIT:  54-823 for video link)

Last class on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Course format:
The class will be primarily based on lectures and related readings. No final examination will be
given, but there will be homework as well as individual projects leading to a written report
and oral presentation.

The textbook is:

Emery, W.J., and R.E. Thomson, 2001: Data analysis methods in physical oceanography
(2nd edition), Elsevier, 654 pages.

You will find this to be a valuable reference on a range of subjects.


We will meet every Tuesday and Thursday except for holidays on October 15 and November 28.

General Outline of the Course:
(All time estimates are very approximate, and content can be modified to fit student interests.)

1)   Introductory Concepts (1 lecture)
2)   Methods and Sensors (3 lectures)
3)   Editing and data preparation (1 lecture)
4)   Time-domain statistics (3 lectures)
5)   Collapsing data sets: functional fits and EOFs (2 lectures)
6)   Gauss/Markov theorem and interpolation (2 lectures)
7)   Spectral methods (4 lectures)
8)   Related issues (complex demodulation, filters, etc.)
9)   Inverse techniques
10) Student talks
11) Other topics, as time and interest allow, e.g. wavelets, inverse techniques, etc.
12) There will also be two classes given by guest lecturers

 There will be one class with a guest lecturer:

       November 7: Anthony Kirincich

Student projects:
Each student will work on one compact data set (bring your own with my approval,
or one will be provided if you do not have one you like). Depending on the type of data set,
different types of basic approaches will be expected. In the end, a brief (about 5 page)
written report is expected, along with a brief presentation in class.

Class format:
I will hand-write visuals on an overhead during class, and then distribute the screen
material (including figures) immediately after each class. I find that this approach
keeps me from talking too quickly (as is the temptation when using Powerpoint).

I will appreciate suggestions and comments of all sorts from the class.

Please turn off your cell phone when you come to class. If you must talk, text,
or email, please leave the room.


Last updated: September 12, 2013

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