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# Course detail

## Physical Geodesy

Subjet code : FAST-IE53 Faculty of Civil Engineering 2011/2012 Yes doc. RNDr. Miloslav Švec, CSc. Institute of Geodesy Doctoral full-time study Czech n. a. examination 1 summer optional

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 Objective of the course – aims of the course unit: Gettin detailed knowledge of Earth´s gravity field and its mathematical decription. Understanding the theory of gravity potential and theory of heights. Acquaintance with modern methods of Earth´s shape determination, with Earth´s composition and the geophysical parameters. Objective of the course – learning outcomes and competences: n. a. Prerequisites: Advanced methods of mathematical analysis. Fundamental principles of geophysics and astronomy. Fundamentals of gravitational theory. Course contents (annotation): Fundamentals of gravity potential theory Gravity potential of a general body in outer potential point. Spherical harmonic functions and Legendre´s functions. Poisson´s equation, Laplace´s equation and some of the solutions. Field of centrifugal force of the rotating Earth. Field of tidal forces. Earth´s gravity field. Gravity potential level surfaces of gravity potential. Fundamentals of theory of heights. Stokes´ parameters and their determination. Normal gravity and gravity force field of level spheroids. Earth´s normal gravity field. Measurement of fundamental gravity field parameters. Statistical methods of physical geodesy. Interpolation and extrapolation of gravity anomalies. Modern methods for determination of the Earth´s shape. Fundamentals of Earth´s composition, tidal phemomena, local and regional geodynamics. Earth´s magnetic and thermal field. Teaching methods and criteria: n. a. Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes: Requirements for successful completion of the subject are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year. Course curriculum: 1. Gravity potential theory. Spherical harmonic functions and Legendre´s functions. Poisson´s equation, Laplace´s equation and some of the solutions. 2. Field of centrifugal force of the rotating Earth. Field of tidal forces. Earth´s gravity field. Gravity potential level surfaces of gravity potential. 3. Theory of heights. Stokes´ parameters and their determination. Normal gravity and gravity force field of level spheroids. 4. Earth´s normal gravity field. Measurement of fundamental gravity field parameters. 5. Statistical methods of physical geodesy. Interpolation and extrapolation of gravity anomalies. Modern methods for determination of the Earth´s shape. 6. Earth´s composition, tidal phemomena, local and regional geodynamics. Earth´s magnetic and thermal field. Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences: Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year. Recommended reading: Torge, W.: Geodesy. de Gruyter 2001

Type of course unit:
Lecture: 39 hours, optionally doc. RNDr. Miloslav Švec, CSc.