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Vorlesung/Übung: Advanced Geostatistical Methods (07426 / 07427)

SS 2010
Do.: 14:00-16:00, K 4 (NW II) video conference; Do.: 14:00-16:00, CIP-Pool S 24a (GEO), and; Augsburg

Jucundus Jacobeit, Joachim Rathmann

L, 1 ECTS, per video conference (bi-weekly)
E, 2 ECTS, as block course

Dates 2010

Video conference
29. April
06. May
20. May
10. June
24. June
01. July

8. July (exercise in Bayreuth 14-16:00 S24a)
23./24. July (exercise in Augsburg)

Dates for the video conference:
Th 14:00-16:00 (every two weeks)
Conference room K4, NW II

Dates for the exercise:
Th 14:00-16:00
CIP S24a (GEO)

This course consists of two parts: lecture and exercise. The latter will be conducted by Joachim Rathmann (see separate comments from him), the former by Jucundus Jacobeit with the following contents:

Advanced methods in Geostatistics comprise multivariate methods (in contrast to univariate and bivariate ones as basic methods), and they will be discussed with special reference to spatial analyses being important for climate research. An example would be the statistical downscaling mentioned in the context of regional climate modelling during the winter term lecture. Generally, a basic introduction into the following methods will be performed:
- Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Common Factor Analysis CFA) and Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) Analysis
- Multiple Correlation and Regression Analysis
- Canonical Correlation Analysis (CCA) and Redundancy Analysis
- Cluster Analysis
- Discriminant Analysis (multiple-groups-multiple-variables)
Corresponding applications will be performed during the exercise part.

The exercise part of Advanced Geostatistical Methods will focus on selected methods introduced in the Lecture conducted by Jucundus Jacobeit.
The R software environment for statistical computing will be used to apply these statistical analyses to climatological data sets.
Exercises will comprise (besides an introduction to the R system) the application of Principal Component Analysis and Cluster Analysis for determining large-scale atmospheric circulation variations (Major teleconnection patterns, Circulation types).
In a subsequent step statistical models linking large-scale circulation dynamics and regional-scale climate variations will be developed using Multiple Regression Analyses and Canonical Correlation Analysis .
Statistical methods will be applied to circulation and climate data from the North Atlantic European domain in order to investigate the relationship between large-scale circulation and Central European drought variability during the 2nd half of the 20th century.

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