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Geological Society of America Meeting 2011

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Short Course: J-DSP/ESE Tools for Assessing Global Climate Change and Sustainability

(NSF Award No. 0817596)

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A short course on analyzing global climate change with J-DSP/ESE tools will be conducted as a part of the Geological Society of America meeting to be held in Minnesota, Minneapolis from October 9-12, 2011.


Dr. Linda Hinnov, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Cindy L. Parker, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Andreas Spanias, Arizona State University
Karthikeyan Ramamurthy, Arizona State University


Analysis of Earth system signals important to the assessment of global climate change and sustainability will be conducted with the free online Java–Digital Signal Processing (J-DSP)/Earth Systems Edition (ESE) Laboratory. An introduction to basic signal processing will be followed by a tutorial on climate change assessment that examines modern records of global surface temperature, atmospheric carbon dioxide, and sea level. The objective is to understand the dynamics of these critical Earth surface components, the evidence for and nature of their interactions, and how to forecast their behavior in the near future.

Course Outline and Objectives:

1) Learn basic signal processing with the online J-DSP/ESE Laboratory    

       - Signal and noise
       - Trend estimation
       - Spectral analysis
       - Filtering; differencing
       - Correlation; coherency

2) Analyze instrumental time series data of critical climate components/drivers

       - Global temperature records (GISS, NCDC, HadCrut)
       - Atmospheric carbon dioxide/fossil fuel emissions records
       - Global sea level records (tidal gauge v. satellite)

3) Address fundamental questions such as

       - What are the variations (frequencies) in these records?
       - Do fossil fuel emissions explain the rise in pCO2?
       - How is pCO2 correlated with global temperature?
       - Does global temperature correlate with sea level?
       - Forecasting temperature and sea level change for the next 10, 50, 100 years?

More details on the short course  are available here.


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