FYS9640 – Space Weather and Navigation Satellite Systems
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
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.
- be at the forefront of our current understanding of space weather through reading, understanding, and presenting pivotal research articles of the Field.
Admission to the course
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.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FYS4640 – Space Weather and Navigation Satellite Systems.
- 5 credits overlap with FYS4610 – Magnetospheric processes (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with FYS9610 – Magnetospheric processes (discontinued).
The course includes 45 hours of teaching (3 hours per week) over the entire semester.
The course includes a project assignment, which corresponds to 1 week of full-time work.
Students must present recent scientific literature, which is agreed with the course coordinator, for all course participants. The presentation must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
The presentation must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
- 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 sit 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: FYS4640 – Space Weather and Navigation Satellite Systems.
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.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: