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Study programme: Geophysics
Study cycle: Master (second)
Module: Meteorology
Core of the programme: Recommended course in Geophysics programme
Year: 2
Semester: 3

Lectures: 45 hours
Exercises: 0 hours
Seminar: 0 hours

No. of ECTS credits: 4

Language: Slovenian
Specifics: Additional 15 home exsercises and field work with instrumentation

Atmospheric Sensing

Objectives of the course and intended learning outcomes (competences)

Ability to understand and use modern remote sensing methods and instruments.

Contents (Syllabus outline)

Propagation of EM and accoustic waves in atmosphere, dipole radiation, single and multiple scattering, depolarization, Rayleigh, Brillouin and Mie scattering, absortion of radiation in the atmosphere, radar and Schwartzschild equation, differential absorption techniques for monitoring of particular atmospheric constituents, doppler based velocity profile measurements.
Local monitoring methods: sample aquisition and analysis.
Pasive remote sensing techniques: multichannel radiometers and scattering sensing on satelites, Dobson technique for ozone monitoring, humidity monitoring by GPS signal analysis, pirheliometer, discharge detector.
Active methods: radar, lidar, DIAL, doppler radar and lidar, ceilometer, RASS, SODAR.

Basic literature

Expected achievements

Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge of atmospheric phenomena, principles and use of remote sensing techniques for atmosphere and ground monitoring.

Application of radiation phenomena for determination of 3D distributions and vertical profiles of meteorological parameters in the atmosphere.

Asociation of proceses in the atmosphere with basic principles of radiation and remote sensing techniques.

Transferable skills
Knowledge and application of laws of interaction between light and matter.

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises and hands on work with measurement systems.


Finished first degree.

Assesment methods

The assessment consists of two parts, home work together with a field work project assignment (50 % of final grade) and an exam (50 % of final grade). The candidate successfully completes the assessment by obtaining a grade 6 (pass) to 10 (excellent) in both parts.

Methods of quality assessment

Self and student evaluation.

Course coodinator and his references