Course Details

# Physical Geodesy

DEB058 course is part of 4 study plans

DPC-GK Summer Semester 1st year

DPA-GK Summer Semester 1st year

DKC-GK Summer Semester 1st year

DKA-GK Summer Semester 1st year

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

Institute

Objective

Znalost fyzikálních základů geodézie. Přehled tradičních a současných metod fyzikální geodézie. Seznámení se současnými technikami určování fyzikálních parametrů Země.

Knowledge

Student will study basic issues of physical geodesy, geopotential models and satellite methods for their creation.

Syllabus

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.

Prerequisites

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

Language of instruction

Czech

Credits

7 credits

Semester

summer

Forms and criteria of assessment

examination

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

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Offered to foreign students

Not to offer

Course on BUT site

Lecture

13 weeks, 3 hours/week, elective

Syllabus

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.