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Postgraduate course

Atmospheric and Marine Optics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codePHYS264
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


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Objectives and Content

Give advanced knowledge and skills in atmospheric and marine optics.

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. Physical foundations are given 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


The student has

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


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.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS112 or corresponding basic knowledge of electromagnetism.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Teaching and learning methods


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


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.

Reading List

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

Programme Committee

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

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Department of Physics and Technology has the responsibility for the course and study programme.

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Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

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