Methods in Oceanography: Introduction to spatio-temporal analysis of oceanographic data


The course is aimed to introduce the student on the fundamental notions and practical use of common data analysis techniques in Oceanography. The course is focused on three blocks: Stochastic processes, Time series and Spatial Series.

The course includes the resolution of theoretical and practical exercises with real oceanographic data and some elementary computer programming.

Programme information: 

  1. Probability and Stochastic Processes
    • Definitions
    • Distribution functions and probability density functions (PDF)
    • Bivariate processes: Correlation and Independence
    • Stationary stochastic processes and Ergodicity
    • Simple processes: AR and MA processes
    • Error Sources
    • Estimation and Central Limit Theorem
    • Principal components and Empirico-orthogonal functions (EOF)
  2. Time Series Analysis: Spectral analysis
    • Theorethical basis: time and spectral representation
    • Discrete signals: Sampling effects
    • Methods of spectral estimation of radom series
    • Irregularly sampled series
    • Methods of spectral estimation of non-stationary series
  3. Spatial Analysis: maps, spatial analysis
    • Elementary techniques: Polynomial Interpolation and Splines
    • Statistical objective snalysis: Error covariance model
    • Method of duccessive corrections:
    • Analysis through emprico-ortoghonal functions (EOF)
    • Alternative analysis

Number of hours: 

30 hours total




Institut de Ciències del Mar

Maximum number of places: 


Special requirements: 

Students should have some elementary background on elementary mathematics (statistics, function analysis). Some background on scientific programming is welcome but not indispensable.

Contact for further information: 

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Full price of this course is 510€. A reduced registration fee of 425€ is applied for early registrations (20 days before the opening of the course).

Price: 510.00€

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To cancel a place that you have booked for a Barcelona Ocean course, a notice of cancellation must be sent via email to The following policies apply:
• If you cancel at least 3 months before the start of the course you will receive a full refund.
• If you cancel between 3 months and 1 month prior to the start of the course you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee.
• If you cancel between 1 month and 10 working days prior to the start of the course you will receive a 50% refund.
• If you cancel less than 10 working days before the event you will not be entitled to a refund.
There will be no refund for non-attendance to the course.

Cancellations by Barcelona Ocean

Barcelona Ocean courses are constantly updated and, while we endeavour to deliver the courses as advertised, there may inevitably be occasions when we will have to change some of the course contents or one or more of the lecturers without prior notice or, in very exceptional circumstances, to cancel an event.
In the case of a complete course cancellation, attendants will either be offered an alternative date, a credit note or a full refund. Barcelona Ocean will not compensate for travel fees or any other expense incurred by you as a result of such cancellation. Every effort will be made to avoid the cancellation of any planned courses.

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