# Search result: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2020

Earth and Climate Sciences Bachelor | ||||||

Majors | ||||||

Major: Geology and Geophysics Advisors of the major in Geology and Geophysics are Dr. Vincenzo Picotti (Geology) and Dr. Jérôme Noir (Geophysics). | ||||||

Methods | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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651-3527-00L | Earth Science Mapping Exercises II | W+ | 2 credits | 2P | J. Ruh | |

Abstract | Reading and interpretation of geological maps. | |||||

Learning objective | All participants are able to: - Read and understand complex geological maps; - Assess, select, and project information from real case studies; - Make tectonic overview sketches and construct meaningfull cross-sections; | |||||

Content | Advanced analysis of geological maps and construction of geological sections. Special points: normal faults of the Rheintal graben, Val de Ruz, Helvetic nappes of the Säntis area. Reconstruction of the geological history of the map areas. References to the Geology of Switzerland. | |||||

Lecture notes | Exercises and instructions are handed out. | |||||

Literature | Not required but for reference (in library holdings): - Bennison, G.M., and Mosley, K.A., 1997. An introduction to geological structures and maps. Arnold, London. - Lisle, R.J., 1995. Geological structures and maps. Butterworth Heinemann - Powell, D., 1995. Interpretation geologischer Strukturen durch Karten. Springer, Berlin - Wijermars, R., 1997. Structural geology and map interpretation. Alboran Science Publishing. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Requirement: Earth science mapping exercises I | |||||

401-0624-00L | Mathematics IV: Statistics | W+ | 4 credits | 2V + 1U | J. Ernest | |

Abstract | Introduction to basic methods and fundamental concepts of statistics and probability theory for practicioners in natural sciences. The concepts will be illustrated with some real data examples. The lecture will be held in German. | |||||

Learning objective | Capacity to learn from data; good practice when dealing with data and recognizing possible fraud in statistics; basic knowledge about the laws of randomness and stochastic thinking (thinking in probabilities); apply simple methods in inferential statistics (e.g., several hypothesis tests will be introduced). The lecture will be held in German. | |||||

Content | Beschreibende Statistik (einschliesslich graphischer Methoden). Einführung in die Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung (Grundregeln, Zufallsvariable, diskrete und stetige Verteilungen, Ausblick auf Grenzwertsätze). Methoden der Analytischen Statistik: Schätzungen, Tests (einschliesslich Binomialtest, t-Test, Vorzeichentest, F-Test, Wilcoxon-Test), Vertrauensintervalle, Prognoseintervalle, Korrelation, einfache und multiple lineare Regression. | |||||

Lecture notes | Skript zur Vorlesung ist erhältlich. | |||||

Literature | Stahel, W.: Statistische Datenanalyse. Vieweg 1995, 3. Auflage 2000 (als ergänzende Lektüre) | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Die Übungen (ca. die Hälfte der Kontaktstunden; einschliesslich Computerübungen) sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Lehrveranstaltung. Voraussetzungen: Mathematik I, II | |||||

651-4031-00L | Geographic Information Systems | W+ | 3 credits | 4G | A. Baltensweiler, M. Hägeli-Golay | |

Abstract | Introduction to the architecture and data processing capabilities of geographic information systems (GIS). Practical application of spatial data modeling and geoprocessing functions to a selected project from the earth sciences. | |||||

Learning objective | Knowledge of the basic architecture and spatial data handling capabilities of geographic information systems. | |||||

Content | Theoretical introduction to the architecture, modules, spatial data types and spatial data handling functions of geographic information systems (GIS). Application of data modeling principles and geoprocessing capabilities using ArcGIS: Data design and modeling, data acquisition, data integration, spatial analysis of vector and raster data, particular functions for digital terrain modeling and hydrology, map generation and 3D-visualization. | |||||

Lecture notes | Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Tutorial: Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop | |||||

Literature | Longley, P. A., M. F. Goodchild, D. J. Maguire, and D. W. Rhind (2015): Geographic Information Systems and Science. Fourth Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England. DeMers, M. N. (2009): Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J., USA. | |||||

651-4131-00L | Introduction to Digital Mapping Number of participants limited to 20. | W | 2 credits | 3V | M. Ziegler, Z. M. Braden, A. Galli, A. Gilli | |

Abstract | This course gives an introduction to digital mapping in geosciences from data collection to the final map/model construction. The course focuses on the practical application of different digital mapping tools. | |||||

Learning objective | The students are able to • describe possible applications using digital mapping devices in geosciences • apply selected digital mapping tools in the office and in the field • visualize field data • evaluate 2D and 3D geodata for the development of a geological model | |||||

Content | The following topics are covered • Sensor specifications of tablets and smartphones • Field apps and databases used in digital mapping • Access to spatial geodata in Switzerland, but also worldwide • Visualization of 2D and 3D data • Several case studies on digital mapping • 1 day excursion with practical training underground and with surface geology | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisite is • 651-4031-00 Geographic Information Systems or an equivalent course • 651-3482-00 Geological Field Course II: Sedimentary Rocks or an equivalent course | |||||

Advanced | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

651-3521-00L | Tectonics | W+ | 3 credits | 2V | W. Behr, S. Willett | |

Abstract | Comprehensive understanding of evolution, mechanics, and rheology of divergent, convergent and wrenching tectonic systems from the lithospheric scale to local shallow crustal and outcrop-scales. Evaluation of plate tectonic and other orogenic processes through the study of reference examples of taken in Alps-Himalaya orogenic system. | |||||

Learning objective | Comprehensive understanding of evolution, mechanics, and rheology of divergent, convergent and wrenching tectonic systems from the lithospheric scale to local shallow crustal and outcrop-scales. Assessment of mechanisms responsible for plate movements (the Earth as a heat transfer machine, dynamics of earth mantle, plate driving forces) and subsequent large-scale structures (oceanic basins and cycle of the oceanic lithosphere, convergence and mountain systems and continental growth, etc) through theoretical and experimental information. Evaluation of plate tectonic and other orogenic processes through the study of reference examples of taken in Alps-Himalaya orogenic system. | |||||

Content | Plate tectonic frame work: earth cooling and mantle-plate interaction, three kinds of plate boundaries and their roles and characteristics, cycle of oceanic lithosphere, longlifety and growth of continents, supercontinents. Rheology of layered lithosphere and upper mantle. Obduction systems Collisions systems Extensional systems Basin evolution Passive and active continental margin evolution | |||||

Literature | Condie, K. C. 1997. Plate tectonics and crustal evolution. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. Cox, A. & Hart, R. B. 1986. Plate tectonics. How it works. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford. Dewey, J. F. 1977. Suture zone complexities: A review. Tectonophysics 40, 53-67. Dewey, J. F., Pitman III, W. C., Ryan, W. B. F. & Bonin, J. 1973. Plate tectonics and the evolution of the Alpine system. Geological Society of America Bulletin 84, 3137-3180. Kearey, P. & Vine, F. J. 1990. Global tectonics. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford. Park, R. G. 1993. Geological structures and moving plates. Chapman & Hall, Glasgow. Turcotte, D. L. & Schubert, G. 2002. Geodynamics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Windley, B. F. 1995. The evolving continents. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. | |||||

651-3501-00L | Geochemistry II | W+ | 3 credits | 2G | S. Bernasconi, M. Schönbächler | |

Abstract | The course focuses on the most important systems of radioactive and stable isotopes used in geochemistry and geology. Applications of isotope geochemistry for solving fundamental geological problems are discussed on the basis of case studies. | |||||

Learning objective | Development of a basic knowledge and understanding of the applications of the most important systems of stable and radiogenic isotopes. | |||||

Content | The following methods will be discussed in detail: the radioactive-radiogenic systems Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, U-Th-Pb and K-Ar, as well as the stable isotope systems of oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and hydrogen. We will discuss how these methods are used in the following research fields: geochemistry of the earth, age dating, paleotemperature reconstructions, evolution of the crust and mantle reservoirs, sediment diagenesis, fluid rock interactions, hydrothermal activity, paleoceanography, biogeochemical cycles. | |||||

Lecture notes | Slides are provided online. | |||||

Literature | - Gunter Faure and Teresa M. Mensing. (2005): Isotopes : principles and applications. 3nd Ed. John Wiley & Sons. 897.pp - Dickin A. P., Radiogenic Isotope Geology, (2005), Cambridge University Press - Sharp Z.D. (2006) Principles of stable isotope geochemistry. Prentice Hall 360 pp. can be downloaded for free from http://csi.unm.edu William White (2011) Geochemistry http://www.geo.cornell.edu/geology/classes/geo455/Chapters.HTML | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisites: Geochemie I: (Bachelor course) | |||||

651-3440-02L | Geophysics III | W+ | 4 credits | 3G | A. Jackson, P. Tackley, S. Wiemer | |

Abstract | This course builds on Geophysik I and Geophysik II, broadening the students' education in seismology, geodynamics and geodynamo theory, by considering various specific topics of particular interest. | |||||

Learning objective | To teach students the basics of observational seismology, earthquake source seismology, seismotectonics and the principle of seismic tomography, mantle convection over Earth history, structure of the oceanic and continental lithosphere, plate tectonics, hotspots, global heat flux, dynamo operation and magnetic field generation in Earth, planets, the Sun and stars and electromagnetism to probe the mantle. | |||||

Content | Observational seismology, earthquake source seismology, seismotectonics and the principle of seismic tomography. Mantle convection over Earth history, structure of the oceanic and continental lithosphere, plate tectonics, hotspots, global heat flux. Dynamo operation and magnetic field generation in Earth, planets, the Sun and stars; electromagnetism to probe the mantle. | |||||

Applied | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

651-3525-00L | Introduction to Engineering Geology | W+ | 4 credits | 2V + 1U | S. Löw, M. Ziegler | |

Abstract | This introductory course starts from a descriptions of the behavior and phenomena of soils and rocks under near surface loading conditions and their key geotechnical properties. Lab and field methods for the characterization of soils, rocks and rock masses are introduced. Finally practical aspects of ground engineering, including tunneling and landslide hazards are presented. | |||||

Learning objective | Understanding the basic geotechnical and geomechanical properties and processes of rocks and soils. Understanding the interaction of rock and soil masses with technical systems. Understanding the fundamentals of geological hazards. | |||||

Content | Rock, soil and rock mass: scale effects and fundamental geotechnical properties. Soil mechanical properties and their determination. Rock mechanical properties and their determination. Fractures: geotechnical properties and their determination. Geotechnical classification of intact rock, soils and rock masses. Natural and induced stresses in rock and soil. Interaction of soil masses with surface loads, water and excavations. Slope instability mechanisms and stability analyses. Underground excavation instability mechanisms and rock deformation. Geological mass wasting processes. | |||||

Lecture notes | Written course documentation available under "Kursunterlagen". | |||||

Literature | PRINZ, H. & R. Strauss (2006): Abriss der Ingenieurgeologie. - 671 S., 4. Aufl., Elsevier GmbH (Spektrum Verlag). CADUTO, D.C. (1999): Geotechnical Engineering, Principles and Practices. 759 S., 1. Aufl., (Prentice Hall) LANG, H.-J., HUDER, J. & AMMAN, P. (1996): Bodenmechanik und Grundbau. Das Verhalten von Böden und die wichtigsten grundbaulichen Konzepte. - 320 S., 5.Aufl., Berlin, Heidelberg etc. (Springer). HOEK, E. (2007): Practical Rock Engineering - Course Notes. http://www.rocscience.com/hoek/PracticalRockEngineering.asp HUDSON, J.A. & HARRISON, J.P. (1997): Engineering Rock Mechanics. An Introduction to the Principles. - 444 S. (Pergamon). | |||||

651-3541-00L | Exploration and Environmental Geophysics | W+ | 4 credits | 3V | P. Edme, H. Maurer, A. Shakas | |

Abstract | Overview and understanding of the most important geophysical methods: Potential field methods (Gravimetrics and Magnetics), Electrical and electromagnetic methods, Refraction and reflection seismics, Georadar. Discussion of survey design, sources and receivers and data processing. | |||||

Learning objective | Overview and understanding of the most important geophysical methods. Proposed solutions to assess and observe problems relevant to exploration and environmental geophysics in soil, ice and lithosphere at different scales. Getting familiar with measuring- and interpretation procedures. Pointing out the possibilities and limitations of geophysical methods. | |||||

Content | Basics of Geophysical Methods: Potential field methods (Gravimetrics and Magnetics), Electrical and electromagnetic methods, Refraction and reflection seismics, Georadar. Important geophysical (subsurface) Parameters. Operating procedures for sources and receivers. Principles of digital Signal Recording. Explanation of various steps of Digital Signal Processing. Outlook on advanced methods and interpretation procedures. Examples of specific problems, like landfills and rockslides. There will also be demonstrations in the Field. | |||||

Lecture notes | Available through eDoz/ILIAS. Additional material will be provided by the lecturers. | |||||

Literature | Keary, Brooks and Hill (2002), An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration, Blackwell Science Ltd. ISBN 0-632-04929-4 Reynolds, J.M. (2011), An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-0-471-48535-3 | |||||

651-4903-00L | Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology | W+ | 3 credits | 2G | S. Ivy Ochs, K. Leith, M. Luetscher | |

Abstract | In this course the student is familiarized with the manner in which glacial, periglacial, fluvial, gravitational, karst, coastal and aeolian processes produce characteristic landforms and sedimentary deposits. The student is introduced to subdivisions of the Quaternary, with a focus on climatic changes in the Alps. Competency in these themes is gained through practical exercises and discussion. | |||||

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Electives The electives listed are recommended. Additional courses can be chosen from the complete offerings of the ETH Zurich and University of Zurich. | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

651-3561-00L | Cryosphere | W | 3 credits | 2V | M. Huss, A. Bauder, D. Farinotti | |

Abstract | The course introduces the different components of the cryosphere - snow, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice and lake ice, and permafrost - and their respective roles in the climate system. For each subsystem, essential physical aspects are emphasized, and their dynamics are described quantitatively and using examples. | |||||

Learning objective | Students are able to - qualitatively explain relevant processes, feedbacks and relationships between the different components of the cryosphere, - quantify and interpret physical processes, which determine the state of the cryospheric components, with simple calculations. | |||||

Content | The course provides an introduction into the various components of the cryosphere: snow, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice and lake ice, permafrost, and their roles in the climate system. Essential physical aspects are emphasized for each subsystem: e.g. the material properties of ice, mass balance and dynamics of glaciers, or the energy balance of sea ice. | |||||

Lecture notes | Handouts will be distributed during the teaching semester | |||||

Literature | Benn, D., & Evans, D. J. (2014). Glaciers and glaciation. Routledge. Cuffey, K. M., & Paterson, W. S. B. (2010). The physics of glaciers. Academic Press. Hooke, R. L. (2019). Principles of glacier mechanics. Cambridge University Press. Further literature will be indicated during the lecture. | |||||

701-0565-00L | Fundamentals of Natural Hazards Management | W | 3 credits | 3G | H. R. Heinimann, B. Krummenacher, S. Löw | |

Abstract | Risks to life and human assets result when settlement areas and infrastructure overlap regions where natural hazard processes occur. This course utilizes case studies to teach how a future natural hazards-specialist should analyze, assess and manage risks. | |||||

Learning objective | Concepts will be explained step-by-step through a set of case studies, and applied in lab by the students. The following principal steps are used when coping with natural hazard-risks. At each step, students will learn and apply the following skills: Risk analysis - What can happen? -Characterize the processes and environmental measures that lead to a natural hazard and integrate modeling results of these processes. - Identify threats to human life and assets exposed to natural hazards and estimate possible drawbacks or damages. Risk assessment - What are the acceptable levels of risk? - Apply principles to determine acceptable risks to human life and assets in order to identify locations which should receive added protection. - Explain causes for conflicts between risk perception and risk analysis. Risk management - What steps should be taken to manage risks? - Explain how various hazard mitigation approaches reduce risk. - Describe hazard scenarios as a base for adequate dimensioning of control measures. - Identify the best alternative from a set of thinkable measures based on an evaluation scheme. - Explain the principles of risk-governance. | |||||

Content | Die Vorlesung besteht aus folgenden Blöcken: 1) Einführung ins Vorgehenskonzept (1W) 2) Risikoanalyse (6W + Exkursion) mit: - Systemabgrenzung - Gefahrenbeurteilung - Expositions- und Folgenanalyse 3) Risikobewertung (2W) 4) Risikomanagement (2W + Exkursion) 5) Abschlussbesprechung (1W) | |||||

» Choice of courses from the complete offerings of ETH. | ||||||

Bachelor's Seminar The Bachelor's Seminar is only offered in the spring semester. | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

651-3597-00L | Bachelor's Seminar I | O | 2 credits | 2S | W. Schatz, J. D. Rickli | |

Abstract | In this seminar, students learn to search efficiently for scientific literature and to present scientific findings orally and in written form to different audiences. | |||||

Learning objective | Students are able to give scientific presentations. Students learn to prepare and present scientific posters. Students can search scientific publications in an effective and efficient manner. | |||||

Content | Auftreten vor Publikum Medieneinsatz in wissenschaftlichen Präsentationen Struktur wissenschaftlicher Publikationen Wissenschaftliches Schreiben Abbildungen und Tabellen in wissenschaftlichen Texten Poster | |||||

Major: Climate and Water Advisor of the BSc-major "Climate and Water" is Dr. Hanna Joos, Institute for climate and atmosphere (IAC). | ||||||

Advanced | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

701-0471-01L | Atmospheric Chemistry | W | 3 credits | 2G | M. Ammann, T. Peter | |

Abstract | The lecture provides an introduction to atmospheric chemistry at bachelor level. It introduces the kinetics of gas phase reactions, the concept of solubility and reactions in aerosols and in clouds and explains the chemical and physical mechanisms responsible for global (e.g. stratospheric ozone depletion) as well as regional (e.g. urban air pollution) environmental problems. | |||||

Learning objective | The students will understand the basics of gas phase reactions and of reactions and processes in aerosols and clouds. The students will understand the most important chemical processes in the troposphere and the stratosphere. The students will also acquire a good understanding of atmospheric environmental problems including air pollution, changes to regional and global ozone formation and oxidation capacity, stratospheric ozone destruction, as well as the relationship between air pollution and climate change. | |||||

Content | - Origin and properties of the atmosphere: composition (gases and aerosols), structure, large scale dynamics, UV radiation - Thermodynamics and kinetics of gas phase reactions: enthalpy and free energy of reactions, rate laws, mechanisms of bimolecular and termolecular reactions. - Tropospheric photochemistry: Photolysis reactions, photochemical O3 formation, role and budget of HOx, dry and wet deposition - Aerosols and clouds: chemical properties, primary and secondary aerosol sources, solubility of gases, hygroscopicity, kinetics of gas to particle transfer, N2O5 chemistry, SO2 oxidation, secondary organic aerosols - Air quality: role of planetary boundary layer, summer- versus winter-smog, environmental problems, legislation, long-term trends - Stratospheric chemistry: Chapman cycle, Brewer-Dobson circulation, catalytic ozone destruction cycles, polar ozone hole, Montreal protocol - Global aspects: global budgets of ozone, methane, CO and NOx, air quality - climate interactions | |||||

Lecture notes | Vorlesungsunterlagen (Folien) werden laufend während des Semesters jeweils mind. 2 Tage vor der Vorlesung zur Verfügung gestellt. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Attendance of the lecture "Atmosphäre" LV 701-0023-00L or equivalent is a pre-requisite, and basic courses in physics and chemistry are expected. On Mondays (or upon agreement) a tutorial is offered. This allows the students to discuss unresolved issues from the lecture or to discuss the problems of the exercise series. | |||||

701-0475-00L | Atmospheric Physics | W | 3 credits | 2G | U. Lohmann | |

Abstract | This course covers the basics of atmospheric physics, which consist of: cloud and precipitation formation especially prediction of thunderstorm development, aerosol physics as well as artificial weather modification. | |||||

Learning objective | Students are able - to explain the mechanisms of thunderstorm formation using knowledge of thermodynamics and cloud microphysics. - to evaluate the significance of clouds and aerosol particles for artificial weather modification. | |||||

Content | Moist processes/thermodynamics; aerosol physics; cloud formation; precipitation processes, thunderstorms; importance of aerosols and clouds for weather modification | |||||

Lecture notes | Powerpoint slides and chapters from the textbook will be made available | |||||

Literature | Lohmann, U., Lüönd, F. and Mahrt, F., An Introduction to Clouds: From the Microscale to Climate, Cambridge Univ. Press, 391 pp., 2016. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | 50% of the time we use the concept of "flipped classroom" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipped_classroom), which we introduce at the beginning. We offer a lab tour, in which we demonstrate how some of the processes discussed in the lectures are measured with instruments. There is a additional tutorial right after each lecture to give you the chance to ask further questions and discuss the exercises. The participation is recommended but voluntary. | |||||

651-3561-00L | Cryosphere | W | 3 credits | 2V | M. Huss, A. Bauder, D. Farinotti | |

Abstract | The course introduces the different components of the cryosphere - snow, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice and lake ice, and permafrost - and their respective roles in the climate system. For each subsystem, essential physical aspects are emphasized, and their dynamics are described quantitatively and using examples. | |||||

Learning objective | Students are able to - qualitatively explain relevant processes, feedbacks and relationships between the different components of the cryosphere, - quantify and interpret physical processes, which determine the state of the cryospheric components, with simple calculations. | |||||

Content | The course provides an introduction into the various components of the cryosphere: snow, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice and lake ice, permafrost, and their roles in the climate system. Essential physical aspects are emphasized for each subsystem: e.g. the material properties of ice, mass balance and dynamics of glaciers, or the energy balance of sea ice. | |||||

Lecture notes | Handouts will be distributed during the teaching semester | |||||

Literature | Benn, D., & Evans, D. J. (2014). Glaciers and glaciation. Routledge. Cuffey, K. M., & Paterson, W. S. B. (2010). The physics of glaciers. Academic Press. Hooke, R. L. (2019). Principles of glacier mechanics. Cambridge University Press. Further literature will be indicated during the lecture. | |||||

701-0461-00L | Numerical Methods in Environmental Sciences | W | 3 credits | 2G | C. Schär | |

Abstract | This lecture imparts the mathematical basis necessary for the development and application of numerical models in the field of Environmental Science. The lecture material includes an introduction into numerical techniques for solving ordinary and partial differential equations, as well as exercises aimed at the realization of simple models. | |||||

Learning objective | Overview of the potential and limitations of numerical models in the environmental sciences; Understanding of selected ordinary and partial differential equations; Knowledge of basic numerical methods for these equations; Ability to design and program simple numerical schemes. | |||||

Content | Classification of numerical problems, introduction to finite-difference methods, time integration schemes, non-linearity, conservative numerical techniques, an overview of spectral and finite-element methods. Examples and exercises from a diverse cross-section of Environmental Science. Three obligatory exercises, each two hours in length, are integrated into the lecture. The implementation language is Python (previous experience not necessary: a Phython introduction is given). Example programs and graphics tools are supplied. | |||||

Lecture notes | Per Web auf Link | |||||

Literature | List of literature is provided. | |||||

701-0473-00L | Weather Systems | W | 3 credits | 2G | M. A. Sprenger, F. S. Scholder-Aemisegger | |

Abstract | Satellite observations; analysis of vertical soundings; geostrophic and thermal wind; cyclones at mid-latitude; global circulation; north-atlantic oscillation; atmospheric blocking situtations; Eulerian and Lagrangian perspective; potential vorticity; Alpine dynamics (storms, orographic wind); planetary boundary layer | |||||

Learning objective | The students are able to - explain up-to-date meteorological observation techniques and the basic methods of theoretical atmospheric dynamics - to discuss the mathematical basis of atmospheric dynamics, based on selected atmospheric flow phenomena - to explain the basic dynamics of the global circulation and of synoptic- and meso-scale flow features - to explain how mountains influence the atmospheric flow on different scales | |||||

Content | Satellite observations; analysis of vertical soundings; geostrophic and thermal wind; cyclones at mid-latitude; global circulation; north-atlantic oscillation; atmospheric blocking situtations; Eulerian and Lagrangian perspective; potential vorticity; Alpine dynamics (storms, orographic wind); planetary boundary layer | |||||

Lecture notes | Lecture notes and slides | |||||

Literature | Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey John M. Wallace and Peter V. Hobbs, Academic Press | |||||

Electives The electives listed are recommended. Additional courses can be chosen from the complete offerings of the ETH Zurich and University of Zurich. | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

401-0649-00L | Applied Statistical Regression | W | 5 credits | 2V + 1U | M. Dettling | |

Abstract | This course offers a practically oriented introduction into regression modeling methods. The basic concepts and some mathematical background are included, with the emphasis lying in learning "good practice" that can be applied in every student's own projects and daily work life. A special focus will be laid in the use of the statistical software package R for regression analysis. | |||||

Learning objective | The students acquire advanced practical skills in linear regression analysis and are also familiar with its extensions to generalized linear modeling. | |||||

Content | The course starts with the basics of linear modeling, and then proceeds to parameter estimation, tests, confidence intervals, residual analysis, model choice, and prediction. More rarely touched but practically relevant topics that will be covered include variable transformations, multicollinearity problems and model interpretation, as well as general modeling strategies. The last third of the course is dedicated to an introduction to generalized linear models: this includes the generalized additive model, logistic regression for binary response variables, binomial regression for grouped data and poisson regression for count data. | |||||

Lecture notes | A script will be available. | |||||

Literature | Faraway (2005): Linear Models with R Faraway (2006): Extending the Linear Model with R Draper & Smith (1998): Applied Regression Analysis Fox (2008): Applied Regression Analysis and GLMs Montgomery et al. (2006): Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | The exercises, but also the classes will be based on procedures from the freely available, open-source statistical software package R, for which an introduction will be held. In the Mathematics Bachelor and Master programmes, the two course units 401-0649-00L "Applied Statistical Regression" and 401-3622-00L "Statistical Modelling" are mutually exclusive. Registration for the examination of one of these two course units is only allowed if you have not registered for the examination of the other course unit. |

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