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Course detail

Physical Geodesy

Course unit code: FAST-IE53
Academic year: 2017/2018
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
Teacher / Lecturer: doc. RNDr. Miloslav Švec, CSc.

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