Quarter 4

Here, the Geoscience and Remote Sensing electives of the third quarter are given. Note that when following this master track, 3 of the 8 electives of quarter 3 and/or 4 have to be passed. Course information was last updated on 18/04/2020

GRS - Electives Quarter 4

CIE4522-15 - GPS for Civil Engineering and Geosciences (4ECTS)

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as GPS, have revolutionized positioning and navigation, and resulted in novel applications. The first part covers the basic principles and components of GNSS; You will learn how a basic GNSS receiver computes the position and get a basic understanding of the error sources, accuracy and limitations of GNSS. Next the course will focus on methods to improve the accuracy of standard GPS positioning down to the millimeter level. You will discover the techniques that make millimeter GNSS possible. In addition the GNSS infrastructure, high-precision implementation aspects, and applications will be covered. Finally, we will explore the different professional GNSS application in civil engineering and geosciences, ranging from surveying, atmospheric remote sensing, to studying Earth dynamics at different scales.

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CIE4609 - Geodesy and Natural Hazards (4ECTS)

This course addresses the use of remote sensing, in particular Synthetic Aperture Radar, to monitor or forecast a range of natural hazards. First an introduction to a range of these natural hazards (volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, land subsidence) will be given, with a link between science and society, mitigation and risk reduction and how geophysical (like InSAR) can improve our understanding of these phenomena. Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis will be discussed in more detail, both in terms of underlying geophysical processes, monitoring and modelling.

In terms of geodetic observations, the Basic principles of radar remote sensing, including key performance indicators, such as resolution, sensitivity, spatial coverage and temporal sampling will be discussed. You will look at SAR image formation and post-processing and gain experience with interferometric processing steps and time series analysis.

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CIE4610 - Gravity, Geodynamics and Climate Change (4ECTS)

The course is devoted to the study of the Earth using its gravity field. Temporal variations of the Earth’s gravity are the primary focus, since they reflect various mass transport processes associated with geodynamics and climate change. The first part is on the general information about the Earth’s gravity and its measurement. Next, the mathematical representation of the global gravity field of the Earth is discussed. Finally relationships between temporal gravity field variations and mass anomalies; applications of mass anomaly estimates will be assessed. The course is set up to meet the growing public concern about the future of our environment (including climate-related changes), as well as about a shortage of natural resources, including water. Any strategy of protecting against those threats requires a profound understanding of them. To that end, it is vital to measure and properly interpret various processes that manifest those threats. Large-scale mass transport in the Earth’s system is one of those process, whereas gravimetry is the primary technique to observe and quantify it.

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CIE4608 - Atmospheric Remote Sensing (4ECTS)

In the first part of this course you will learn about relation between atmospheric and observation scales of the atmosphere, as well as the sensors that can be used. The second part is on the observation of the dry atmospheric composition (gasses and aerosols). We will discuss scientific questions and challenges concerning the ozone layer, air
quality and the climate system, short description of chemical
composition of the atmosphere. Furthermore, we will look at the physical principles of the solar backscatter observation techniques (UV and visible), and both Ground-based and satellite-based observation techniques. In the third part, the observation of the wet atmospheric composition (condensed water) is discussed using ground-based radars with a focus on precipitation.

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