Postgraduate course

Satellite Remote Sensing in Meteorology and Oceanography

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGEOF345
  • Number of semesters1
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Objectives and Content

 The aim of this course is to give the students a broad knowledge of different remote sensing techniques in meteorology and oceanography, with special focus on satellite measurements.

An introduction is given on how measurement of electromagnetic radiation is used to quantify ocean surface and sea ice variables and different meteorological parameters in the atmosphere. Fundamental theory for such quantitative measurements is given, with special emphasis on the interaction of the electromagnetic radiation and the surface, and problems with the radiative transfer of the signals through the atmosphere. In addition to a focus on the differences between measurements of surface conditions and the atmospheric profiles, it is focused on the different spectral regions that are used to measure different meteorological and oceanographic parameters.

Learning Outcomes

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

- discuss remote sensing techniques used for meteorology and oceanography, including characterization of strengths and limitations of the techniques

- identify problems regarding the transfer of electromagnetic radiation through the atmosphere as well as having good knowledge on the interaction of the electromagnetic radiation and the surface

- explain the differences between measurements of surface properties and measurements of profiles of different meteorological parameters in the atmosphere

- identify which spectral regions that can be used to measure the different meteorological and oceanographic parameters and explain why

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography in addition to GEOF220 Physical Meteorology and GEOF310 Turbulence in the Atmospheric and Ocean Boundary Layer, or equivalent.

Forms of Assessment


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 Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

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