Postgraduate course

Microwave Satellite Remote Sensing

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOF334
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction

Spring. The course only runs if enough students enroll

Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to introduce different remote sensing techniques in the microwave domain used in oceanography and sea ice research and monitoring.

A detailed introduction is given on how measurement of electromagnetic radiation in the microwave domain, both passive and active, is used to detect and quantify ocean surface and sea ice variables. Among these variables are wind and waves, surface current and current features, sea level, sea surface temperature, surface salinity, sea ice drift and extent. The theory and empirical relationship for the measurements is given, with special emphasis on the interaction of the electromagnetic radiation and the surface. In so doing the different techniques and sensor types that are common in the microwave domain are also addressed and characterized.

Learning Outcomes

After finishing the course, the student should be able to:

- specify the principles and basic methods of satellite remote sensing in the microwave frequency domain for ocean and sea ice observations and characterize the strength and limitations

- describe the theory and empirical relationship for the dominant interactive processes between the electromagnetic microwaves and the ocean and sea ice surface

- explain and specify the ocean and sea ice variables that are detected by remote sensors operating in the various part of the microwave domain

- outline oceanographic knowledge that has strengthened from the use of satellite remote sensing in the microwave frequency domain

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography, in addition to GEOF 310 Turbulence in the Atmospheric and Ocean Boundary Layer, or equivalent.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Forms of Assessment

Oral. No auxiliary allowed for the exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline