F11DA Data Assimilation

Dr Simon Malham

Course co-ordinator(s): Dr Simon Malham (Edinburgh).


The aims of this course are to develop techniques of data assimilation in numerical weather prediction and climate change modelling. This will be achieved by a mixture of lectures on basic methodology, tutorial exercises, computer labs, case studies and a large group-based modelling, implementation and simulation project. We will introduce a number of data assimilation approaches that are widely used in applications to numerical weather prediction and climate change modelling, including basic regression analysis, variational approaches, Kalman filtering, extended and ensemble Kalman filtering and the Bayesian inference approach. The course will teach practical implementation of these data assimilation techniques in the context of computer simulations, which will be illustrated by prototype applications. These methodologies will form the basis for a series of modelling case studies as well as the group-based project component of the course.

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisites: none.

Location: Edinburgh.

Semester: 2.

Assessment Methods: Due to covid, assessment methods for Academic Year 2021/22 may vary from those noted on the official course descriptor. Please see:
- Maths (F1) Course Weightings 2021/22
- Computer Science (F2) Course Weightings 2021/22
- AMS (F7) Course Weightings 2021/22

SCQF Level: 11.