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Earth Sciences at the University of Fribourg

Bern-Fribourg Master in Earth Sciences


Details of Courses

COURSE TITLE: Geostatistics
LECTURERS: Dr. G. Kosakowski
SCOPE:Introduction to mathematical methods that model spatial processes and permit estimation of values at unsampled locations. Such methods are widely used in map-oriented geological applications involving geochemical, hydrological, paleoclimate, erosion-rate, soil composition and other data. Most geographic information systems (GIS) normally include geostatistical methods for this kind of data analysis and interpolation.
CATEGORY: Principles
ECTS Credits:2
REQUISITES:Participants may bring their own datasets for the exercises if they wish.
FORMAT:Lectures (40% of course) and computer exercises (~60% of course).
FREQUENCY:biennially in spring semester, held in odd years
CONTENTS:Basic geostatistical techniques for data analysis and interpolation are presented. This involves (1) statistical analysis of collected data to understand the connection between data values from place to place in a study area (variogram analysis), and (2) use of the estimated statistical properties to interpolate values at locations which have not been sampled (kriging). Exercises will use the popular program R, a free software environment (http://www.r-project.org).
ASSESSMENT:written examination

(prer): Courses with prerequisites.

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