Course code GMGD222

GMGD222 Applied Satellite Geodesy

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Course responsible: Ola Øvstedal
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in Autumn parallel.

This course has teaching in both autumn and spring semester and evaluation in both semester.

Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2018H
Course contents:

Autumn semester:

Celestial and terrestrial reference systems. Time systems. Precession, nutation and polar motion. Theory of Kepler orbits. Perturbations. Space geodetic observation techniques. International organisations and available information in electronic networks.

Spring semester:

System description GNSS, coordinat and time systems, observables, error sources, modelling of observations, observation and processing methods, applications. Some of the topics are presented by students. Lab exercises are intensively used.

Learning outcome:

Autumn semester:

The students must know reference systems used in space geodesy and understand the theoretical foundation for satellite motion in space. They must be updated on the individual space geodetic observing techniques and satellite systems and be familiar with international organisations and their services (IERS, IGS etc.).

Spring semester:

Master the theoretical fundament for positioning using GNSS, different GNSS-observation techniques and different GNSS data-processing techniques.

Learning activities:
Lectures. Student presentations. Exercises.
Teaching support:
Teaching support will be given primarily in connection with that part of the structured teaching that is set aside for exercise guidance. It will also be possible to communicate directly with the course teacher by appointment during office hours.

Autumn semester:

Günther Seeber: Satellite Geodesy (2nd edition).


Spring semester:

Hofmann-Wellenhof et al. (2008), GNSS - Global Navigation satellite Systems.

Handouts and papers (made available during the course).


Basic courses in mathematics and physics.



Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Exercises must be approved before attend the written exam.

Oral examination after autumn semester. (40 %)

Final oral examination after spring semester. (60 %)

Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:

In autumn semester: Lectures: 28 hours. Exercises: 28 hours.

In spring semester: Lectures: 28 hours. Exercises: 28 hours.

External evaluator
Examination details: Oral exams: A - E / F