GEF4320 – Radiation and remote sensing

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The radiative transfer equation in a plane-parallel atmosphere. Absorption and emission of longwave radiation. Absorption and scattering of shortwave radiation in cloudy and cloud free atmospheres. Transmission and reflection. Principles for satellite remote sensing. Active remote sensing with LIDAR.

Learning outcome

To provide the necessary background for work with radiative transfer problems in meteorology and oceanography, especially in connection with numerical models and remote sensing.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEF9320 – Radiation and Remote Sensing (discontinued)

6 credits against GF335


Lectures and exercises/colloquia; total 4 hours per week. A 3-4 day field excursion at Andøya.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Completed assignments. Written mid-term exam. Approved field report. Oral final exam.

Exam questions will only be available in English.

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 scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. 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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

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