FYS4640 – Space Weather and Navigation Satellite Systems
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course provides an overview of space weather, i.e., physical phenomena in the magnetized part of the Earth´s environment that affect technological systems in space and on the ground. Various aspects of space weather are presented and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as GPS and Galileo, are introduced. The course includes a description of how GNSS works and which parts of the system are particularly vulnerable to space weather through plasma instabilities and turbulence in the polar atmosphere and around the equator.
After completing the course you will:
- have a deep understanding of physical processes in the near-Earth environment that cause space weather, and how they are connected to solar activity and the solar wind.
- be able to explain how satellite-based positioning and navigation systems work and identify those parts that are particularly vulnerable.
- have knowledge about several strategies for magnetospheric modeling and space weather forecasting
- be able to analyze data from ground-based instruments and satellites, put these measurements into the context of space weather, and write a scientific report about your findings.
Admission to the course
Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FYS9640 – Space Weather and Navigation Satellite Systems.
- 5 credits overlap with FYS4610 – Magnetospheric processes (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with FYS9610 – Magnetospheric processes (discontinued).
The course extends over a whole semester, with 3 hours of teaching per week (45 hours in total).
The course includes a project assignment, which corresponds to 1 week of full-time work.
- Project assignment which counts 25 % towards the final grade.
- Final oral exam which counts 75 % towards the final grade.
The project assignment must be passed before you can take the final oral exam. Both the project assignment and the final oral exam must be passed in order to get a final grade in the course.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9640 – Space Weather and Navigation Satellite Systems
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed during the final oral exam.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.
New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.
We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.