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Matlab Workshop “Matlab Recipes for Earth Sciences”

3 - 7 April 2017, Potsdam, Germany

Felicitously I was able to participate in the Matlab workshops “Matlab Recipes for Earth Sciences” at the University Potsdam given by Martin Trauth to deepen my Matlab knowledge and skills. For the daily work of a geologist/sedimentologist, it is time saving and efficient to work with the program Matlab because with its specific macros (often created by other Earth Scientist Programmers) huge datasets can be processed quickly and accurate figures/diagrams/plots can be generated directly. Furthermore, it is helpful for the compatibility of data evaluation within (international) research groups, and for the correlation of different projects of the same field.

Today the programming software Matlab is often used in Geoscience to solve mathematic problems with huge datasets (geochemical, mineralogical, granulometric and others). The short course was designed for and addressed to young researchers from the fields of Earth Sciences, who already had some mathematic and programming background. Almost all treated topics were related to geological problems, which made it easy to follow the lessons and start discussions about own problems. It was helpful to talk to the other participates about their problems and solutions for creating trustworthy results of geological analyses. Often there is more than one way to handle your data with Matlab so the discussions during the breaks were a full success to broaden one’s horizon. In addition, the lessons given by Martin Trauth were interactive and I learnt quite a few things and new key tools for upcoming analyses. The main topics were: (i) univariate and bivariate statistics, (ii) time-series analysis, (iii) signal processing, (iv) spatial data, (v) image processing, and (iv) multivariate statistics. Really helpful for my own research was topic (iv) as well as the discussions with other PhD students and their problems/solutions of their problems. An absolutely interesting tool and new field was the image processing with Matlab.

Ascelina Hasberg
PhD student

Institute of Geology and Mineralogy

PhD project: “Decadal- to orbital-scale climate variability in the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool during the past ca. 650,000 years”