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Meteorology (METEO)

METEO 474 Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting (3) Distribution of scalars and vectors; sampling; regression and correlation in two and three dimensions; time series, statistical forecasting; forecast verification.

METEO 474 Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting (3)

Meteorology 474: Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting explores the computationally intensive statistical methods used in the development of automated weather analysis and forecasting systems. The focus of the course is on learning to develop and use artificially intelligent automated systems to perform data quality control, quantitative analysis of large meteorological data sets, and weather forecasting. Coverage will include the relevant statistical, mathematical, and computational methods including matrix operations, data quality control, regression analysis, neural network construction, decision tree growth, and forecast system verification. Students will leave the course with an understanding of how to efficiently develop accurate and robust statistical weather analysis and prediction systems. Thus, the course serves as a professional elective for those students wishing to pursue careers in statistical weather forecasting, meteorological data analysis, and associated fields. Meteorology 474 uses a project oriented lecture/lab format to provide students with hands-on experience in developing and testing weather analysis and forecast systems. Students will both code their own forecast system development programs and use off-the-shelf software designed for rapid development and testing of forecast systems. To tackle these assignments, students will team up in pairs using the computer laboratory facilities of the Meteorology Department and meteorological data sets of current interest. A key element of the resulting project reports will be an investigation into the origin of the observed forecast system errors. One section of Meteorology 474 will be offered each year with a capacity of approximately 20 students. The class size is tailored to in-class training with the software tools and open discussion with the instructor and classmates. Grading will be based on the team assignments and on a mid-term and final examination.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: STAT 301 orSTAT 401 orE B F 472

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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