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Course detail

Physical Geodesy

Course unit code: FAST-IE53
Type of course unit: optional
Level of course unit: Doctoral (3rd cycle)
Year of study: 1
Semester: summer
Number of ECTS credits:
 Learning outcomes of the course unit: Not applicable.
 Mode of delivery: 20 % face-to-face, 80 % distance learning
 Prerequisites: Advanced methods of mathematical analysis. Fundamental principles of geophysics and astronomy. Fundamentals of gravitational theory.
 Co-requisites: Not applicable.
 Recommended optional programme components: Not applicable.
 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.
 Recommended or required reading: Torge, W.: Geodesy. de Gruyter 2001
 Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Not applicable.
 Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes: Not applicable.
 Language of instruction: Czech
 Work placements: Not applicable.
 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.
 Aims: 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.
 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.

Type of course unit:

Lecture: 39 hours, optionally doc. RNDr. Miloslav Švec, CSc.

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