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Course content

The course introduces the principles of remote sensing for earth observation, in particular:

  • physical principles of the visible, infrared and microwave section of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • remote sensing platforms and sensors
  • data acquisition, storage and processing
  • image processing and analysis
  • remote sensing applications in geosciences

Learning outcome

The course gives you an insight into remote sensing, both in theory (mathematical and physical background) and in practice (applications and training). After the course you will be able to understand the information content of remotely sensed data and how to retrieve the information. You will be able to decide which remote sensing techniques suite your specific needs.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

For students taking GEG2240 Autumn 2015 or later, to have GEG2240 included in your degree you must first pass the following HSE courses:

For further information se website for transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses.

Recommended previous knowledge

GEG1240 – Maps and geodata (discontinued), Good basics in mathematics and physics.

Overlapping courses


Lectures, lab/computer training, project work, e-learning. 2-3 mandatory assignments.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address:


Mandatory assignments, counts ca 30%, final exam, counts ca 70%.

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. Both exams needs to be passed separately in order to pass the course.

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.

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.


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

This course was periodic evaluated in autumn 2012 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

This course continue as GEO3515 autumn 2019.


Autumn 2018

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)