GMGD222 Applied Satellite Geodesy

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Ola Øvstedal

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:250 hours.

Teaching and exam period:

This course starts in Autumn parallel.

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

About this course

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.

  • Lectures. Student presentations. Exercises.
  • 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.
  • Basic courses in mathematics and physics.



  • Oral examination after autumn semester. (40 %)

    Final oral examination after spring semester. (60 %)

  • External evaluator
  • Exercises must be approved before attend the written exam.
  • In autumn semester: Lectures: 28 hours. Exercises: 28 hours.

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

  • Special requirements in Science