BA8604 - Satellite Gravimetry and Altimetry


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

An introduction to classical mechanics, Earth's gravity potential, Low satellite orbits, Perturbation theory, orbit determination, orbit analysis, Earth's gravity field parameter determination, Satellite altimetry (projects), Altimeter measurements, Mean sea surface (MSS)determination, Sea surface topography (SST), Applications (for example in ocean circulation and transport).

Learning outcome

Learning objective: After completing the course the candidate shall have an in-depth understanding of satellite monitoring of Earth’s deformation and change in time. Knowledge: After completing the course, the candidate shall have knowledge about how satellites monitor Earth’s water, ice and land surfaces and their changes in time, knowledge of methods and techniques for determination of Earth’s deformation and change in time using different satellite gravimetry and altimetry missions and analysis of the results. Skills: After completing the course, the candidate shall be able to perform sea level changes, Ice mass changes, ocean circulation computations including their sophisticated correction terms, and analysis and interpretation of the results.General competence: After completing the course the candidate shall have obtained ability to work independently and in a team towards relevant research front in Earth observation technology, ability to identify the Earth monitoring satellite data interface and relation with other related disciplines, ability to understand the international perspective of satellite Earth observation technologies and be able to cooperate internationally.

Learning methods and activities

The course will be given as conducted self-tuition, with one project which should be approved before exam.

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 (some knowledge of Earth's gravity field and satellite observations).

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

Vanicek and Krakiwsky (1986) Geodesy: The concepts.Seeber (2002) Satellite Geodesy.Nahavandchi (2003) Satellite gravimetry.Shum C.K. (2004) Lecture notes.Recent articles.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

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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