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Official Course Description:

Earth, environmental, and planetary systems are monitored routinely from space using scientific instrumentation on satellites. Of particular importance are remote-sensing instruments that observe e.g. surface structures, ocean dynamics, and atmospheric processes. Spacecraft measurements of various types and different formats are made accessible to the public for scientific analysis, interpretation, and modeling on repositories and archives hosted by ESA, NASA, and other space agencies. In this module students are introduced to space-borne observations of Earth and planetary system compartments and of global geophysical fields. Of relevance are surface processes, ocean and climate dynamics, and the Earth's gravity and magnetic fields. Analysis and modeling techniques for satellite data are also compared with classical geophysical remote-sensing of the subsurface using seismic measurements. We discuss opportunities and implications of special orbit geometries, remote-sensing principles and instrument types, data organization and structure, data-processing workflows including archival, retrieval, preprocessing, display and preparation for further analysis, as well as data interpretation in the light of spatial structures, relevant processes, and important numerical models.

Module Assessment

The module CO-465 Geophysical Remote Sensing consists of three courses:

  • CO-465-A Earth and Planetary Surfaces in Remote Sensing Data
  • CO-465-B Climate System Dynamics Observed from Space
  • CO-465-C Global Geophysical Fields and Models

Term paper: PDF document to be submitted on the first day of the Spring 2021 final examination period, with separate chapters for the three courses. A term paper is expected to be about 10 000 words (TEXT ONLY). Longer term papers are accepted but should not exceed 20 000 words.

Digital supplements: e.g., data, graphics, and program code; to be uploaded on dedicated folders of the course platforms.

The three courses contribute equally towards the term paper and the final grade of the module CO-465 Geophysical Remote Sensing.

Submission DEADLINE: 18th May 2021

BONUS Acheivements (BA):

Each of the three courses contributes up to 2.5 % (= 2.5 bonus points, equivalent to 0.167 grade points) in bonus achievements towards the final module grade.

For this course - timely / proper documentation of digital supplements (code)

Additionally, students may prepare and present a poster on an individual course project, contributing up to 2.5% in BAs towards the final module grade. Topic and format as well as the presentation context and other specifics are defined by the instructors. POSTER PRESENTATION date: 11.05.2021

In total, the BAs of all three courses may contribute up to 10 % (= 10 bonus points, equivalent to 0.67 grade points) towards the final module grade.

There are no make-up opportunities for missed bonus achievements, neither in cases of illness nor for other reasons.

Tentative Time Table

NrDateStartEndTopicsLecture Notes / Links
1Tue, 2. Feb. 202115:4517:00Introduction part 1
2Tue, 13. Apr. 202115:4517:00Introduction part 2: Remote Sensing
3Th, 15. Apr. 202115:4517:00
Eiffel Excursion
5Fri, 16. Apr. 202115:4517:00
Eiffel Excursion
6Tue, 20. Apr. 202115:4517:00
Heincke Excursion ?!
7Th, 22. Apr. 202115:4517:00
Heincke Excursion ?!
8Fri, 23. Apr. 202115:4517:00
Heincke Excursion ?!
9Tue, 27. Apr. 202115:4517:00
Heincke Excursion ?!
10Th, 29. Apr. 202115:4517:00Processing Tools & Data: Working with Earth Explorer (EE)
11Fri, 30. Apr. 202115:4517:00Drones and remote sensing
12Tue, 4. May 202115:4517:00Feature Analysis Change Detection, Classification
13Th, 6. May 202115:4517:00Radar (SAR) Interferometry
14Fri, 7. May 202115:4517:00Planetary Processes, Project Introduction
15Tue, 11. May 202115:4517:00POSTER PRESENTATION !!!


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PDF File 1_CO-465-A-2021.pdf Feb 02, 2021 by Unnithan, Vikram
PDF File copernicus4regions_2018.pdf Apr 13, 2021 by Unnithan, Vikram
PDF File planetary-geological-processes.pdf Apr 13, 2021 by Unnithan, Vikram

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