FYS9640 – Space weather and satellite navigation systems

Course content

The course provides an overview over 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.

Learning outcome

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.
  • be at the forefront of our current understanding of space weather through reading, understanding, and presenting pivotal research articles of the Field.

Admission

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Teaching

The course includes 45 minutes of teaching per week over the entire
semester.

The course includes a project equivalent to one full week work
load.

Recent literature as agreed upon with the course responsible is presented for all course participants.

Examination

Final oral exam.

You must receive a passing grade for your project in order to take the final oral exam. The project counts as 25% and the final oral exam as 75% of the final grade.

In order to take the final oral exam you must pass the presentation of recent literature.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

PhD

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English