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ERIC Number: EJ1163870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
Teaching Earth Signals Analysis Using the Java-DSP Earth Systems Edition: Modern and Past Climate Change
Ramamurthy, Karthikeyan Natesan; Hinnov, Linda A.; Spanias, Andreas S.
Journal of Geoscience Education, v62 n4 p621-630 Nov 2014
Modern data collection in the Earth Sciences has propelled the need for understanding signal processing and time-series analysis techniques. However, there is an educational disconnect in the lack of instruction of time-series analysis techniques in many Earth Science academic departments. Furthermore, there are no platform-independent freeware tools available for teaching Earth signals analysis. In order to address these issues, we developed the "Java-Digital Signal Processing/Earth Systems Edition" ("J-DSP/ESE"), a platform-independent software tool that can be integrated with the Earth Science university curriculum for signal processing and analysis instruction. This tool has an intuitive block-based programming environment, and students do not need be familiar with any programming language to use it. In order to demonstrate the utility of this software in an instructional environment, we developed three tutorials related to basic signal processing, and signal analysis of modern and past climate change. The tutorials use published data to examine the relationship between 20th century atmospheric CO[subscript 2] and global temperature, and the relationship between ocean temperature and solar radiation over the past 300,000 y. The tutorials were administered in two workshops with different communities of students in Earth Science and electrical engineering. Our technical assessments show that the students were able to comprehend basic signal processing and analysis of climate signals using "J-DSP/ESE." In the subjective assessments, a vast majority of students stated that the software was easy to learn and use, and that it significantly improved their understanding of climate change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0719714; 0817596