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Satellite Remote Sensing in Meteorology and Oceanography

Teaching semester

Autumn, the couse is only taught if enough students enrol.
Enrolment to this course is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester.
Please, see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

Objectives and Content

Objectives
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.

Content
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

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 a good knowledge of the different remote sensing techniques used for meteorology and oceanography, including the strengths and limitations of the techniques
- has knowledge of the 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
- has knowledge of the differences between measurements of surface properties and measurements of profiles of different meteorological parameters in the atmosphere
- has knowledge of which spectral regions that can be used to measure the different meteorological and oceanographic parameters

Skills

The student
- is able to discuss remote sensing techniques used for meteorology and oceanography, including characterization of strengths and limitations of the techniques
- is able to discuss 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
- is able to explain the differences between measurements of surface properties and measurements of profiles of different meteorological parameters in the atmosphere
- is able to explain which spectral regions that can be used to measure the different meteorological and oceanographic parameters and why

General competence

The student
- can discuss problems arising from the transport of electromagnetic radiation through the atmosphere
- can discuss the interactions between the radiation and the surface
- can use the knowledge of different remote sensing techniques in meteorology and oceanography to find relevant knowledge about the atmosphere and the surface's condition
- can consider what spectral region is suitable for measuring surface characteristics and measurement of profiles of various meteorological parameters in the atmosphere

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography or Bachelor's degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics or equivalent.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEOF220 and GEOF310, or corresponding courses

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a master's programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

The course is based on regular lectures according to given curriculum.

3-4 hours per week for 12-13 weeks

Forms of Assessment

Oral

Examination Support Material

None

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.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Contact

Contact Information

studieveileder@gfi.uib.no

Exam information