Optimal Estimation

  • Optimal Estimation
  • Lecturer: Dr. M. Palm

Lecture content:

In physics, one is often confronted with the problem to get parameters from measurements of physical quantities. While it may be easy to calculate the quantity measured given the parameters, hence to model the physical system up to the measurements device, going the other way, solving the inverse problem, is often theoretically and practically difficult.
In this lecture, we deal with a method which is quite common in environmental physics, OPTIMAL ESTIMATION. We will investigate the theoretical foundations and analyze the results in detail in order to learn about the strength and weaknesses of this method. The interpretation, which is often difficult, of obtained results will be explored on examples which occur in the work of environmental scientists.
Other methods to solve the Inverse problem will be introduced and compared to optimal estimation.