OCEN5001 Ocean Data Analysis

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Ocean data are collected in the field or remotely through satellites, cover a range of spatial and temporal scales, contain errors specific to each measurement system and require specific data analysis techniques to extract information to address a particular issue. This unit, with a strong practical component, includes the application of different methods to analyse physical and biogeochemical data sets. It covers a range of data analysis topics, provides an opportunity to develop a strategy for problem solving, and reviews and consolidates laboratory efforts. Students learn to apply data analysis techniques to a variety of data types that include (1) time series measurements (such as at a mooring); (2) Lagrangian measurements (float or glider); (3) remotely sensed measurements, and (4) historical and archival data.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a basic knowledge of ocean data including platforms, acquisition and analysis; (2) display a sophisticated understanding of different data analysis approaches; (3) critically analyse ocean data sets and undertake data visualisation, filtering, interpolating and spectral analysis; (4) demonstrate an enquiring, critical and creative approach to understanding and managing ocean data; and (5) demonstrate an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of ocean data sets and its interconnectedness with the biological and social sciences.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessments; (2) project; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi
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