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Fall 2012-2013
AOS 522 / GEO 522   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Inverse Methods: Theory and Applications

David M. Medvigy

Course treats inverse problems from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Students learn to develop the necessary theory to pose, interpret, and solve inverse problems, focusing on topics including error characterization, linear and non-linear methods, approximations, Kalman filters, use of prior constraints, and observing system design. Concepts are illustrated with examples from the current literature on the Earth's carbon cycle.

Sample reading list:
Clive D. Rodgers, Inverse Methods for Atmospheric Sounding
D. F. Baker, TransCom 3 inversion intercomparison: Impact of transpor
A.S. Denning, Latitudinal gradient of atmospheric CO2 due to seasonal exch
T. Kaminski, Assimilating atmospheric data into a terrestrial biosphere m
W. Knorr & J. Kattge, Inversion of terrestrial ecosystem model parameter values ag
MR Raupach, Model-data synthesis in terrestrial carbon observation: meth
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be responsible for reading assigned chapters in the text. Six take-home problem sets will be assigned over the course of the semester (30% of final grade). There will be a single in-class midterm (20% of final grade). Students will be responsible for reading the assigned papers from the scientific literature. Each student will present one of these papers. Students are expected to participate in discussions on all papers (25% of final grade).

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Multivariable calculus, linear algebra..


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20892 S01 2:10 pm - 3:50 pm M W        Enrolled:14 Limit:15