GEO9520 – Advanced remote sensing and topographic analysis

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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.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course will introduce advanced methods of remote sensing and topographic analysis for geosciences, with special emphasis to current research at our research group.

Learning outcome

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

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.

Also, good basics in physics and geosciences are useful.

Overlapping courses


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

3-4 scientific essays on curriculum literature and 2 project presentations must have been approved before 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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration ( 

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


  • 3-4 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.

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.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 28, 2020 6:14:04 AM

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