Course Details

Physical Geodesy

Academic Year 2024/25

DEB058 course is part of 4 study plans

DKA-GK Summer Semester 1st year

DPA-GK Summer Semester 1st year

DKC-GK Summer Semester 1st year

DPC-GK Summer Semester 1st year

Course Guarantor


Language of instruction



7 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment


Offered to foreign students

Not to offer

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 3 hours/week, elective


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.