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Statistics in Climate Dynamics (ATOC90010)

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Year of offerNot available in 2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeATOC90010
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The subject will outline basic statistical methods for analyzing climate dynamics, with the aim of understanding the physical mechanisms driving the observed structures . The subject will start with the principles of decision making in statistical anlaysis (significance tests), will then dicsuss the basics of probability theory, time series, stochastic models and multi-variate data (pattern) analysis. The focus here will not be on deriving statistical parameters, but will rather be on discussing how these methods could be applied and what the potential pitfalls in interpreting the statistical results could be.

Intended learning outcomes

  • An ability to calculate and interpret the main modes of variability in the climate system;
  • an ability to assess the statistical significance of climate variations and variables and to relate these to inferences about the behaviour of the climate system.

Generic skills

  • Developing the ability to exercise critical judgement
  • rigorous and independent thinking
  • adopting a problem-solving approach to complex or ambiguous questions;
  • high-level written report presentation skills; oral communication and presentation skills.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Some knowledge of introductory statistics and climate dynamics.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Practical exercises and problem sets due throughout the teaching period (60%) and an oral examination due three weeks after the end of the teaching period (40%).

Dates & times

Not available in 2018

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

This subject is taught through the Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences: https://vieps.earthsci.unimelb.edu.au/.


NOTE - This intensive subject is hosted by Monash University

Further information

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  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018