GEO9520 – Advanced remote sensing and topographic analysis

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Course content

The course will introduce advanced methods of remote sensing and topographic analysis for geosciences with special emphasis to current research:

  • image matching
  • generation of digital elevation models
  • radar and radar interferometry
  • topographic models
  • advanced classification techniques
  • change detection
  • applications to natural resources and climate change

The course is designed in a way that it can be combined with GEO4511, if given.

Learning outcome

You learn about the current developments in remote sensing and related data analysis, and how modern remote sensing techniques can be employed to solve geoscientific questions.


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Recommended previous knowledge

Good basics in informatics/programming, mathematics, physics and geosciences.

Overlapping courses


Lectures, lab/computer training, project work, e-learning, student presentations.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


4 scientific essays on pensum literature (pass/no pass). 2 project presentations (pass/no pass). 2 project reports (total c. 50%). Final exam (c. 50%). The form of final exam depends on the number of students. If there are less than ca 10 students, the final exam will be oral. If there are more than ca 10 students, the final exam will be written. Written exam questions will only be available in English. Both exams needs to be passed separately in order to pass the course.

General information about examinations can be found at

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

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 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.

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.

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:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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