BA8203 - An Integrated Earth System Approach to the Study of Ocean Climate


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 1 hours E

Course content

This is a special course for PhD candidates at the OCTAS project.1. The surface of the sea: geometry, topography, spatial and temporal variations 2. The Earth's gravity field and the Geoid 3. Determination of the geoid based on gravity measurements 4. Determination of the geometry of the sea surface by satellite altimetry 5. Determination of the topography of the sea surface from oceanographic measurements 6. Ocean circulation models for climate studies

Learning outcome

Learning objective: After completing the course the candidate shall have an in-depth understanding of ocean circulation models and their impacts on ocean climate. Knowledge: After completing the course, the candidate shall have knowledge about operational oceanography with the impact on climate change, knowledge of methods and techniques for determination of Ocean parameters using different satellite missions, Knowledge of geodetic satellites’ applications in for example Oceanography, and climate system. Skills: After completing the course, the candidate shall be able to perform mean sea surface, geoid and mean dynamic topography computations, be able to calculate other ocean parameters from satellite data like sea level anomaly, ocean mass change and steric sea level, including analysis of the results, be able to use the calculated ocean parameters within other disciplines like Oceanography and Climate studies. General competence: After completing the course the candidate shall have obtained ability to work independently and in a team towards relevant research front in ocean climate and operational oceanography, ability to identify the gravimetry and altimetry satellite data interface and relation with other related disciplines, ability to understand the international perspective of ocean satellite monitoring and be able to cooperate internationally.

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught as a combination of lectures, colloquia and/or self studies. This is decided by the teacher for individual subjects.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Master in geomatics. TBA4565 Geomatics, specialization course TBA4245 GPS and Geodesy or equivalent. Note that if you wish to follow the course the semester it runs, but are not affiliated with the PhD programme in Engineering, please contact

Course materials

Each individual teacher will provide the course material.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geomatics
  • Geodesy
  • Map subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral exam 100/100 E 2023-12-15 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
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