GEO4520 – Advanced remote sensing and topographic analysis
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
The course will introduce advanced methods of remote sensing and topographic analysis for geosciences, with special emphasis to current research at our research group.
During the course you will:
- be able to use optical digital images to generate a digital elevation model
- understand how to detect changes in digital images and how to calculate surface velocities based on them
- can use satellite imagery to derive important land surface parameters such as temperatures or snow cover
- can use satellite imagery to derive important land surface parameters such as surface temperature, snow cover, soil moisture or vegetation parameters
- get insight into the analysis of digital elevation models, topographic classification methods and their application in science
The topics may be given different weight depending on the background of the students, and the present research focuses in the research group.
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
- GEO3515 – Remote Sensing / GEG2240 – Introduction to remote sensing (continued) or similar courses/knowledge
- GEO3460 – Surveying, Photogrammetry and Spatial Analysis / GEG2250 – Introduction in surveying, photogrammetry and spatial analysis (continued) or similar courses/knowledge
- MAT1100 – Calculus / MAT1001 – Mathematics 1 (discontinued) or similar courses/knowledge
- IN1900 – Introduction to Programming with Scientific Applications / INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued) or similar courses/knowledge
Also, good basics in physics and geosciences are useful.
- 10 credits overlap with GEO9520 – Advanced remote sensing and topographic analysis.
Lectures, lab/computer training, project work, e-learning, and student presentations.
1-2 scientific essays on curriculum literature and 2 project presentations must have been approved in order to sit for the final examination.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (email@example.com).
We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.
- 1-2 scientific essays on curriculum literature and 2 project presentations must have been approved before the final examination.
- 2 project report counts for ca. 50% (ca. 25% each).
- Final written examination (3 hours) counts for ca. 50%.
- Both the 2 project reports and the final examination must be passed individually in order to pass the course.
If there are less than 10 students admitted to the course, the final examination will be given as an oral 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.
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:
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed if the final examination is given as a written exam.
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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 examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.