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Postgraduate course

Atmospheric and Marine Optics

Teaching semester

Spring

Objectives and Content

Objectives:Give knowledge and skills in atmospheric and marine optics on a graduate level.

Content:The course covers emission, absorption, scattering, and transport of electromagnetic radiation in the atmosphere and ocean. These optical processes are studied for frequencies ranging from infrared, through the visible, and into the ultraviolet. Further, the course contains topics such as blackbody radiation; emissivity; coherent versus incoherent radiation; interference; irradiance and radiance; multiple scattering; radiative transfer with multi-stream theory and Monte Carlo methods; polarization; and optical phenomena seen in nature. The focus is placed on giving physical foundations accompanied with applications in meteorology, climatology, solar energy harnessing, ocean color radiometry, and marine primary production.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student has

  • knowledge in atmospheric and marine optics at the graduate level.

Skills

The student can

  • explain fundamental principles behind emission, absorption, scattering, and transport of radiation in the atmosphere and ocean.
  • develop methods that solve the radiative transfer equation in order to obtain solar radiation energy, remote sensing signals, biological active radiation, etc.
  • assess the effect different greenhouse gases and surface brightness has on the atmospheric temperature.
  • explain the physics behind optical phenomena common to the atmosphere and ocean, such as halos, mirages, green flash, red sunset, blue twilight sky, as well as the blue and green color on oceans and icebergs.

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS in physics

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Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS112 and preferably PHYS205, or corresponding basic knowledge of optics and electromagnetism.s, mirages, green flash, red sunset, blue twilight sky, as well as the blue and green color on oceans and icebergs.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:

  • Oral examination (45 minutes), 100% of total grade.

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.

Contact

Contact Information

advice@ift.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    01.05.2018