CIE4608 Atmospheric Observation

CIE4608 – Atmospheric observation  – Q4 – 4 ECT
Taught by: Christine Unal, Tim Vlemmix, Pieternel Levelt, Dave Donovan

This course has a variety of subjects. The part of Christine is the largest subject of the course and mainly focuses on radar observations where Dave’s part is focusing on lidar observations. The part of Tim is about air quality and how to obtain it. It has a strong overlap with the subject covered in CIE4606 – Simulation and visualization. Pieternel Levelt also give two lectures about the satellite mission in which she is greatly involved.

The course exists of 3 three assignments (30% of total grade) (on radar observations, air quality and lidar observations) and 5 (small) homework assignments which are graded but hardly have influence with 7% on the total grade. The other 63% of the total grade are based on the exam.

CIE4610 Mass transport

CIE4610 – Mass transport – Q4 – 4 ECTS
Taught by: Pavel Ditmar + guest lecturers

Mass transport is an interesting course on the observations and conclusions of the mass transport on Earth mostly based on data obtained from the GRACE mission. This course will learn you about the models behind the results and will let you think on the drawbacks and conclusions you can draw from the obtained results. Accuracy of the results is also an important topic. At the end of the course there are a few guest lectures on various applications of the GRACE mission.

This course has 5 assignments which will build up to a relatively big model in the last assignment. You will need this model for the paper you will write in the end of the course. Except for this paper and the assignments, the total grade is also based on a presentation at the end of the course. There is NO exam for this course.

AE4874-I Astrodynamics I

AE4874-I – Astrodynamics I  – Q1 – 4 ECTS
Taught by Eelco Doornbos, Kevin Cowan

Astrodynamics I is mostly covered by Eelco and leads you through some of the basics in astrodynamics. The course is based on mathematics but the focus is (luckily) not on the derivations but on the results of these mathematical computations. The majority of lectures contain the many-, three- and two-body problem and different orbits are handled. Furthermore, Hill spheres, orbit perturbations, radiation pressure and satellite aerodynamics are mentioned. This makes it an interesting mix of subjects.

This course has no assignments (which can be seen as an advantage or disadvantage) so the final grade will be purely based on the exam.

AE4872 Satellite orbit determination

AE4872 – Satellite orbit determination – Q1 & Q2 – 6 ECTS
Taught by:  Ernst Schrama, Wouter van der Wal, Pieter Visser

Satellite orbit determination is a course which will run for two periods. The theoretical part will be handled in the first quarter while there is a practical in the second period. The theoretical part of the course has some overlap with the general GRS courses (e.g. atmospheric delay, coordinates, time), but even these overlapping parts will give some new insights. The major part of the course, however, is new for the GRS-student and handles relativity, dynamics, application of the Kalman filter and (some mathematics of) orbit determination itself. It is an interesting course which gives you a good insight in the (basics) of SOD. The practical is also very valuable because during this practical you will work with real satellite data.

The theoretical part contains 4 assignments and an exam at the end of the first quarter. The practical has 4 assignments that are not graded (in the first 4 weeks) which are the basis for the end assignment which results in a ‘fail’ or ‘pass’ for the practical.

Modelling of greenhouse gases

The department of Atmospheric Remote Sensing at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IPA), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, invites applications for a Ph.D. position on Modelling of greenhouse gases: the benefit of a geostationary satellite mission for constraining sources and sinks.