GEO9550 – Seminar on remote sensing and numerical terrain analysis

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Course content

This research-oriented seminar includes in-depth discussions on selected state-of-the-art remote sensing and terrain analysis topics, current technological developments and research directions, recent publications, etc. Typical topics include

  • Reflection of selected scientific publications
  • Presentation and discussion of specialized remote sensing topics
  • Algorithm development and software usage
  • Discussion of current research

Learning outcome

The students will

  • understand specialized remote sensing topics
  • understand the methods and results of recent publications
  • understand the most recent developments in geoscientific remote sensing and terrain analysis

The students will

  • be able to read, understand and discuss research by others
  • be able to present and discuss research methods and results
  • be able to critical reflect research results
  • be able to better use their programming and software skills


  • The course aims at fostering and developing scientific curiosity around the course theme and a critical reflection of representativeness, accuracy, reliability and importance of the data and results


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

GEG2240 – Introduction to remote sensing, GEO4520 – Advanced remote sensing and topographic analysis, and an ongoing remote sensing project.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course is mainly directed at PhD students within the field of geomatics at the Department of Geosciences. It can be combined with GEO9540 – Special topics in remote sensing and terrain analysis.


One 3-hour seminar date per month on average, covering one special topic each and including teaching and discussion of special topics, project presentations, and paper discussions

It is obligatory to attend 10 seminar dates, and prepare and lead two of them. This will require seminar attendance over two semesters. At the end of the second semester a review paper has to be handed in.

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 Study administration, email address:


In order to pass the seminar a PhD student has to attend 10 seminar dates, and prepare and lead two of them. This will require seminar attendance over two semesters. The student must hand in two obligatory presentations connected to the above seminar leads, which count ca. 30% each in the final grade. In addition one obligatory review paper counting ca. 40% must be handed in.

Both part exams must be passed.

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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