Introduction to the course
You can download the introduction ppt from the file below:
The theme lecture is available at the following web-page:
Prezi of water resources (opens in a new window)
The following material is used in the hands-on training session with the lecture. Please download the files to your computer (right-click - save as...):
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fact-sheet of the session: Hands-on 1 quick reference.pdf
detail guide on paths: MATLAB_path_details.pdf
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areacell function: areacell.mlecture 1 demo script: demo1.mlx
1. Discover global / regional runoff and precipitation patterns
- please select a research question below or develop your own (preferred!)
- produce one A4/A3 page with following structure: a) title; b) research question and short introduction; c) maps, graphs, etc of the results with captions d) interpretation of the results
- you can get help to possible problems by a) searching from internet: there are many people with similar problems; b) posting question to the discussion forum of the course (tool below the text; teachers and other students will be answering to those questions); c) coming to Thursday workshop, or d) asking your fellow students directly
- once you are happy with the end result, please submit the work (see below Submission)
This weeks illustration type: maps; include at least one map to the home assignment!
Example research questions:
- How much does runoff vary over year by grid cells / large river basins?
- How large percentage of precipitation is turned to runoff?
- Countries of extremes - in which countries the a) difference of precipitation, b) difference of temperature, c) difference of runoff, and/or d) seasonal variability of runoff are greatest?
- Impact of climate change - from 'Supporting material (Matlab)' -tab you can find global monthly precipitation, temperature and runoff under climate change (year 2050).
Example submission: from this link you can find an example submission (please note, the time series plot comes only next week and thus, it is encouraged to include only maps to this week's home assignment).
Submission: please submit the assignment by using the submission icon below. Submission is due on following Monday from the lecture. If you submit the assingment late, you'll get only half of the points. The submission will be closed completely two weeks after the lecture, after which you are not able to submit the assignment.
2. Select the geographical area of your project work
Instructions: by using the selection tool below [the one with question mark], please choose the large river basin on which your individual project work will be concentrated on. Only one student per river basin is allowed. If you are particularly interested in one river basin and it is taken, you can negotiate with the other student whether she or he is able to change. More information about the actual project will be give within the second lecture.
On Thursdays we have a workshop at A046 in where you can get help on the home assignment and project work. At the beginning of the workshop, we'll give a short lecture on Adobe Illustrator to show how you can use to enhance your graphs and make them visually appealing.
Here is the short introduction how you can use Illustrator in the case of raster maps:
Useful matlab commands
Please find the collection of useful matlab commands below: