MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences RESIDENTIAL COURSE, 3rd - 5th OCTOBER, 2012

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MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences RESIDENTIAL COURSE, 3rd - 5th OCTOBER, 2012

James T.D.


MATLAB® Recipes for Earth Sciences

We are pleased to announce that the Climate Change Consortium of Wales
(C3W) is sponsoring a three-day residential course on MATLAB for Earth Sciences, to be delivered by Professor Martin Trauth of the University of Potsdam.  Professor Trauth is author of the best-selling MATLAB® Recipes for Earth Sciences.

The course will take place at Gregynog Hall, a beautiful retreat situated in the heart of Wales. Once a landed estate, now the University of Wales conference centre, the house is still at the centre of the local community. For details and travel directions, see

Each delegate will receive a free copy of the latest edition of Martin’s book to accompany the course:
MATLAB® Recipes for Earth Sciences, 3rd ed. 2010.
ISBN 978-3-642-12761-8

The MATLAB® software will be made available to attendees on a 30-day trial basis. However, for use on personal laptops, especially if participants have no access to MATLAB at home institutions, there is an excellent "Student Version" package, available online from:
This provides download link at a cost of €78 Euros for MATLAB®, Simulink and 11 Toolboxes - a package that normally retails at about €3,500 for academics.

The course consists of four hours per day of lectures and demonstrations, followed by time for the participants to work on exercises and/or to try their own data with the methods introduced.
Please see the flyer attached for more details of the course content.

Computers will NOT be provided, so delegates should take their own laptops to Gregynog.

Delegates should arrive for tea and coffee at 11am on Wednesday 3rd and stay until 16.30pm on Friday 5th October. Friday night accommodation is available, but should be arranged directly with Gregynog, not via C3W.
All meals and overnight accommodation are included in the residential costs.

Bookings will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis, with 50% of places reserved for C3W university staff and students. There are only 30 places available, so don't delay and book now.

The closing date for reserving a place is September 7th, 2012.

This course is suitable for participants with some background in maths (approximately A-level standard), but this background is not essential.
Examples of topics with which participants might have some basic prior familiarity include Fourier Transform (used for time series analysis and signal processing), Eigenvectors and -values (used for Principal Component Analysis), Affine Transformation (use for georeferencing a satellite image) and Gaussian Distribution (very basic statistics).

The following review from Amazon provides an insight into what the course delivers and the level of mathematics required: "This is a well written, perhaps slightly overpriced book, providing an overview and starting point for a wide range of applications in geosciences, such as image processing in remote sensing, generation and processing of digital elevation models and the analysis of time series - as stated. Also, as stated, the book introduces methods of data analysis in geosciences using MATLAB. (...) Another reason that I enjoy this book is that while it relies on quite a bit of advanced math and its application, it uses the math as an 'engineering type' book should - as a tool to use to solve a problem. The mathematical element flows nicely with the subject matter and I suspect that even an individual without a mathematics background could gain an appreciation for the math based on the context and would not necessarily need to know or learn every underlying aspect of theory that generated the mathematics used. This is refreshing to see in an advanced book - here is what you might be up against, here is what you need to get the job done."

MATLAB® Recipes for Earth Sciences, 3-day course
£200.00 per person
Bursaries towards the course cost are available for C3W university staff and students*

3rd October 11.00am – 5th October 16.30pm
£200.00 staff rate
£105.00 student rate
Bursaries towards the residential cost available for C3W university students only*

* Please contact Saskia Pagella regarding bursaries [hidden email]

To reserve place on the course, or make further enquiries about the course and bursaries available for all C3W university staff and students, please contact:

Dr Saskia Pagella
Project Officer – Climate Change Consortium of Wales Wales Environment Research Hub Environment Centre Wales Bangor University Deiniol Road Bangor Gwynedd
LL57 2UW

Tel: 01248 382600/382440
E-mail: [hidden email]

Enquires may also be made to Dr Henry Lamb, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University:  [hidden email]

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