Course Details

Physical Geodesy

DEB058 course is part of 4 study plans

Ph.D. full-t. program DPC-GK compulsory-elective Summer Semester 1st year 7 credits

Ph.D. combi. program DKC-GK compulsory-elective Summer Semester 1st year 7 credits

Ph.D. full-t. program DPA-GK compulsory-elective Summer Semester 1st year 7 credits

Ph.D. combi. program DKA-GK compulsory-elective Summer Semester 1st year 7 credits

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. Practical applications of physical geodesy application in global view.

Course Guarantor

prof. Ing. Viliam Vatrt, DrSc.

Institute

Institute of Geodesy

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to focus actual knowledge on the area of actual physical geodesy, especially to practical applications of geopotential models in relation to relevant mathematical functions and geophysical databases. Output of study is practical knowledge of physical geodesy application in global view.

Prerequisites

Fundamental principles of geophysics, astronomy and gravitational theory at the level of bachelor´s and master´s degree.

Corequisites

Special chapters of mathematics and physics, modern space geodesy.

Planned educational activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in relevant article of VUT Rules for Studies and Examinations, especially lectures, self-study, self-study, LMS Moodle.

Forms and criteria of assessment

The student will participate in the lectures and consultations, he/she will complete the subject with an oral exam, during which he/she will prove adequate knowledge of physical geodesy methods in praxis and defend assigned project.

Specification of controlled instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Vymezení kontrolované výuky a způsob jejího provádění stanoví každoročně aktualizovaná vyhláška garanta předmětu.

Lecture

3 hours/week, 13 weeks, elective

Syllabus of lectures

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. Modern methods for determination of the Earth´s shape.
6. Tidal phenomena, local and regional geodynamics. Earth´s magnetic and thermal field.
7. Practical applications of physical geodesy methods.