Syllabus for Statistics and Data Analysis Methods

Statistik och dataanalysmetoder

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1HY013
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 36, 2014
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with at least 90 credits in Earth Sciences or 90 credits in Physics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • identify statistical methods that can be used to handle large amounts of earth science data
  • use statistical tools for modelling and analysis within the environmental sciences
  • carry out time-series analyses on climatological and hydrological data sets
  • compute return times for extreme events such as peak flows


Shapes of probability density functions including measures of central tendency, dispersion and symmetry. Expectation and estimation. Discrete and continuous probability distributions, especially normal and extreme-value distributions. Frequency and spectral analysis of climatological and hydrological measurement series. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Correlation, simple and multiple regression on earth science-related data. Variance analysis. Principal component analysis. Parameter-value estimation. Time-series analysis and simple stochastic models in physical geography and hydrology. Error theory.


Lectures, exercises, project work.


Assessment is divided among a written exam (3 credits) and exercises as well as the oral and written presentation of project reports (2 credits)

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 36, 2014

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Xu, Chong-yu Statistical methods in hydrology

    Uppsala: Geotryckeriet, 2009

    Find in the library